Olympia FFA Member has been recommended for the Illinois FFA State Degree & Named Section 9 Star Farmer
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Section 9 FFA members’ proficiency record books were evaluated and
twenty-one students were recommended for the State FFA Degree on
February 9, 2017. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the Illinois FFA Association can bestow upon its members. Olympia’s Nate Weihmeir was among those recommended. Once approved by the State Committee, Nate will be recognized at the IL FFA Convention in June. Nate was also named the Section 9 FFA Star Farmer. Nate had the best production records of all the candidates. He has a grain enterprise in which he has raised a corn crop over the past three years. Nate is the son of Phil and Barb Weihmeir of Hopedale.
In order to receive the State FFA Degree, members must meet several
requirements outlined by the National FFA Organization. Students must
have been enrolled in an agricultural education classroom and been an
active FFA member for at least two years. Recipients must already hold
their Chapter FFA Degree prior to receiving the State Degree, actively
participate in the planning and implementing of the chapter’s Program of
Activities, and participate in at least five different activities above
the chapter level.
Creating the leaders of tomorrow is a vital part of the mission of the
FFA. Therefore, members receiving their State Degree must demonstrate
leadership through performing ten parliamentary law procedures, giving a
six-minute speech on agriculture, and serving as an FFA officer,
committee chairperson, or committee member. Members must also have a
satisfactory academic record, and complete at least 25 hours of
community service in a minimum of two different service activities.
Students in FFA begin creating Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE)
early in their FFA career and continue working on them throughout their
involvement in agricultural education. FFA members receiving their
State Degree must show a record of having a satisfactory SAE. Members
must have earned and productively invested at least $1,000 or have
worked at least 300 hours outside of scheduled class time.
The National FFA Organization, formerly
known as the Future Farmers of America, changed its name in 1988 to
reflect the growth and diversity of agriculture. There are more than
600,000 FFA members nationwide. The Illinois Association has more than
17,000 members. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of
students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal
growth, and career success, through agricultural education.