Earlier this month, the Tennessee State FFA Convention wrapped up with the recognition of over 550 State FFA Degree recipients and election of the 2012-2013 state officer team: Stephen, Kristy, John, Hannah, Maryanna, Grant, Mitch, Jessie, and John. This team will provide leadership and direction for the Tennessee FFA Association in the coming year, they have what it takes.
The day after convention ended I hit the road to visit Aaron Loy, the State Star in Agricultural Placement. While state conventions are high-energy and a whole lot of fun, it was sure nice to be on a farm! Aaron and I looked through the cowherd and the pastures his family has owned since the late 1800′s. Aaron’s Ford pickup was a welcome ride compared to a rental car! He started a Supervised Agricultural Experience by working with his father to raise hogs and cattle. Actually, he can tell the story in this video:
Even though my morning on the Loy Stock Farm was short, it was apparent Aaron has invested a lot of time and effort into his SAE. My favorite part was to hear Aaron say he intends to have a career in production agriculture. Undoubtedly we need the business, communications, and science sides of agriculture, but the need for producers is fundamental. Way to go Aaron, congratulations on your star award. Thank you so much for touring me through the farm. Hopefully we meet again at the New Century Farmer Conference!
By Seth Pratt, Western Region Vice President