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New Mexico FFA members receive proficiency awards

New Mexico FFA members received proficiency and state star awards during the 81st Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention in June in Las Cruces, N.M., at New Mexico State University.


Each of the students received their awards for taking part in a supervised agricultural experience (SAE). SAEs are designed to help prepare students for a career in agriculture in a specific field of interest.

Brian Aerts of the Socorro FFA chapter received the proficiency award for agricultural sales placement. Aerts works at his family's feed store. He is interested in business management and plans to attend NMSU to major in agricultural business. Aerts also received the 2009 state star in agricultural placement.

San Jon FFA chapter member Lisa Mitchell received the beef production entrepreneurship proficiency award. She raises commercial and registered Angus cattle and has been a member of numerous livestock evaluation teams. Mitchell also received the state star in agricultural production.

The placement in beef production proficiency award was given to Alyssa Hackett. Hackett is a member of the Moriarty FFA chapter. Her SAE consists of helping with her family's livestock and working on the Zorro ranch during the summer.

Victoria Wylie, also a member of Moriarty FFA, was given the proficiency award in equine science placement. Wylie trains horses for various events, including roping, barrel racing and pole bending. She is involved in all aspects of training, from breaking colts to equipment maintenance.

Wry Hurt received the diversified agriculture production proficiency award. A member of the Deming FFA chapter, Hurt continues his family's tradition of ranching in southwest New Mexico and also raises show pigs.

Elida FFA chapter member Ryan Best received the proficiency award in sheep production entrepreneurship. Best breeds sheep and market lambs, which were selected based on superior structure, muscle and genetics. He plans to attend NMSU in the fall.

The star greenhand in agri-business was awarded to Chase Thompson of the San Jon FFA chapter. Kylie Gaines of the Carrizozo FFA chapter received the star greenhand in agricultural science. The star greenhand in agricultural production was awarded to Lawrence Velasquez of the Santa Rosa FFA chapter.