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
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
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
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.