Florida FFA Names State Star Farmer
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida FFA Association selected four student members as finalists for the highly coveted State Star Farmer, within the “Stars of Florida” award recognition program. This program symbolizes the highest competitive recognition for FFA members and their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program(s). Finalist shared their SAE’s virtually and a winner was named.
The Florida FFA Association is pleased to announce the 2020 State Star Farmer:
Sam Mills, Chiefland Senior FFA
Sammy Mills has been raising and showing animals since he was five years old. When he joined the FFA, he already had many projects in place. However, his sixth-grade year he was able to attend the National FFA Convention. He left inspired to take advantage of every opportunity within the FFA. Mills says, “My SAE program is made up of several enterprises. I raise, sell, and show poultry, rabbits, Boer goats, swine and beef cattle. In addition, I have 16 production cows and a bull. I have attended numerous seminars to learn how to groom, show and mix rations for proper nutrition for each animal on my farm.” He is also heavily involved in his family’s forestry operation, which he plans to take over the day – to – day operations of the business in the future. Presently, he assists with mowing, applying herbicide, plowing fire-lines, and raking, baling and selling pine straw. Mills says, “In order to do so much, I maintain a rigorous schedule, making sure to make time for each enterprise.” In the future, he hopes to continue to grow his skills and one day take over his family’s pine straw operation. He is a member of the Chiefland FFA Chapter and his advisor is Dallas Locke. Congratulations Sammy on being named the 2020 State Star Farmer!
ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA CELEBRATION
Extraordinary times lead extraordinary people to do extraordinary things. This summer, thousands of FFA members, advisors, administrators, alumni, parents and industry partners will gather online in a new, exciting, and innovative experience to celebrate another record-breaking year. More than ever, our viewers will be inspired and motivated to take pride in our industry, serve our communities, and become leaders of the next generation.
During the celebration, FFA members and guests will experience motivational speakers and award presentations while virtually meeting Florida FFA’s outstanding officers, members, and supporters.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA FFA ASSOCIATION
The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth, leadership organization with nearly 30,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
The Florida FFA Association is a resource and support organization that does not select, control, supervise or approve local chapter or individual member activities except as expressly provided for in the Florida FFA Association Constitution and Bylaws.
The Florida FFA Association affirms its belief in the value of all human beings and seeks diversity in its membership, leadership and staff as an equal opportunity employer.
THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION MISSION
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.
THE FFA MISSION
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
For more information about Florida FFA and agricultural education, visit floridaffa.org.