LOUISVILLE, Ky. — At the recent 86th National FFA Convention, one Illinois FFA member’s journey in the youth agriculture organization came full circle.

Tyler Loschen of the Tri-Point FFA earned high honors when he was named the 2013 American Star Farmer.

“It’s really rewarding to win after all the years of work. It’s a great feeling,” he said, adding that all the other finalists in the Star Farmer category had amazing farm operations, as well.

Diana Loschen, who is his FFA adviser, as well as his mother, noted that for her son’s Supervised Agricultural Experience he worked with corn, soybeans, alfalfa, grass and hay, as well as livestock, including beef and swine.

In fact, she added that prior to winning the Star Farmer award, his hard work earned him two national proficiency titles, one in diversified crop entrepreneurship and one in diversified ag production.

Although Diana Loschen mentioned that the family doesn’t live on a farm, they do live out in the country where they had around eight acres of land, which the FFA member used for his production agriculture operation.

Besides the land where the family lives, she noted that they also own some acreage, which they cash-rent out to farmers, including their son, who grew his farming operation in high school by renting 20 acres from his parents.

Tyler Loschen was so successful with all the acreage he was farming that a neighbor saw how consumed he was with farming and growing his operation that he rented him an additional 160 acres, his mother recalled.

She noted that through the experiences he has had in FFA, his ultimate career goal is to farm full-time, but after he graduates from the University of Illinois in the coming months, he will be working with Dow AgroSciences for its Mycogen Seeds department.

All of the 16 finalists up for an American Star award, including the Star in Agribusiness, Star in Agricultural Placement and Star in Agriscience, as well as Star Farmer, received $2,000, and the winner in each category received an additional $2,000.