Posted on 03/28/2017
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Urbana, IL Josh Kindred was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship.  Josh is a member of the Olympia FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA.  Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised Agriculture Experiences or SAE.  FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic achievement may be considered for this award.  SAEs allow students to learn by doing by either owning and operating an agricultural business, working or serving an internship at an agriculture-based business or conducting an agriculture-based scientific experiment and reporting results.  Kindred owns his business “Off the Rails Outdoors” and sells hunting blinds and tree stands to hunters.

Kindred was selected as the State Winner by a committee of agriculture industry representatives and teachers knowledgeable in this work-based area.  Josh is the son of Chad and Kathie Kindred from Armington.


Receiving this honor now makes Kindred eligible to compete in the National FFA Awards Selection process in July, 2017.  He was previously chosen as the Chapter, Section and District winner in this area. 


Kindred has been involved in the following other agriculture education and FFA activities: State and National FFA Conventions, Land-Use, Parliamentary Procedure, Dairy Judging, Agronomy, Quiz Bowl, and Livestock Judging career development events.  He has also been a leader of the FFA pork chop grilling crew and currently serves as the chapter treasurer.  Bryce Hoffman is the agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor at Olympia High School.


Kindred will receive plaques for his accomplishments at the Illinois FFA Convention June 13-15, 2017 in Springfield, IL.  These plaques are made possible by gifts by individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations through the Illinois Foundation FFA. 


About the FFA

The Illinois Association FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the FFA visit




The theme for the 2016-2017 State Officer Team is “Maximize”.  The State Officer Team consists of the twenty-five Section Presidents and five major State Officers.  This year’s team selected this theme to encourage individuals, teams, chapters, business and organizations to maximize the potential of future FFA members to be leaders in the agriculture industry and FFA Organization.


About the Illinois Foundation FFA

Illinois Foundation FFA engages individuals, industry, education, government, and foundations in securing funds to support quality Agricultural Education/FFA programs in Illinois. To learn how you can become involved link to