Atwood FFA Member Recognized as State Star Farmer

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Atwood FFA member Natalie Hawkins was recognized as the State Star Farmer, one of the association’s top honors, during the 90th Kansas FFA Convention, May 30–June 1, 2018, on the Kansas State University campus.

Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness and Star in Ag Placement awards. The Star competitions are sponsored by ICM, Inc., United Bank and Trust and Kansas Farm Bureau.

Hawkins’ SAE is in Beef Production – Entrepreneurship. During her SAE experience, she learned new methods and technologies to improve her farm and cattle herd. After high school, Hawkins plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue a degree in animal science and is interested in studying feed nutrition and agribusiness. She wants to return to northwest Kansas and practice as a feed nutritionist for local feedlots, dairies and large swine and beef operations.

Natalie is the daughter of Del and Kristi Hawkins. Her FFA advisor is Courtney Schamberger.

Hawkins was the district winner in the Northwest District. The other district finalists for the state Star Farmer honor were: East Central District: Chad Hibdon, Central Heights FFA; North Central District: Scuyler Zenger, Washington County FFA; Northeast District: Dannell Kopp, Hiawatha FFA; Southeast District: Kaylee Gum, Riverton FFA; and Southwest District: Megan Newlon, Hugoton FFA.

Photos are available at Flickr.com/ksffa or upon request.

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