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Hall to Receive Honorary American FFA Degree

LAS CRUCES -- Jimmie Hall, president and chief executive officer of the Albuquerque Production Credit Association, has been selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree at this year's National FFA Convention, Nov. 14-16, in Kansas City, Mo.

The honorary degree is the highest such degree presented by the National FFA Organization. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to agricultural education and the FFA program.

Hall has a long history of promoting agriculture and agricultural education. He sponsors tours of the New Mexico State Fair for Albuquerque public school students and contributes to the fair's junior livestock sale. He also has sponsored tours of agricultural businesses to educate urban legislators. He supports New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers program and the New Mexico Cattle Growers' Young Cattlemen.

For the past five years, Hall has provided a Production Credit Association scholarship for outstanding New Mexico FFA members pursuing degrees in agriculture. He also has given cash awards to state FFA public speaking winners to help pay their expenses to the national competition.

On the national level, Hall has traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby congress to strengthen private property laws in agriculture and to enact sound natural resource policies.

In 1992, Hall was recognized by the New Mexico legislature for his outstanding service to agriculture. He has received the Salt of the Earth award numerous times from both the New Mexico Cattle Growers and the New Mexico Wool Growers. He received his Honorary State FFA Degree from New Mexico in 1993.