SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Star in Agricultural Placement winners will be announced during the 91st annual Illinois FFA Convention set for June11-13 in Springfield.

Competing for the top honor are the following five FFA members.

Ag careers for the next generation

Carter Snook checks on the pigs at a farm where he works for his FFA project. The FFA member has many responsibilities, including mixing feed, fixing heaters and hauling manure.

Carter Snook

Chapter: Cambridge

FFA Adviser: Trenton Taber

Parents: Wade and Candy Snook

SAE Project: Carter Snook helps with planting, weed control, tractor maintenance and harvesting at Kappelman Farms near Orion. The farm includes 300 acres where both corn and soybeans are grown.

The District 1 Star in Agricultural Placement also works at Curry Farms that operates a farrow to finish hog operation. Snook’s original responsibilities included castrating, processing, weaning and selling pigs, as well as pressure washing and basic repairs.

Now, Snook is in charge of the East Farm, which is one of the three finishing sites where he performs any type of repair that is needed, orders feed and mixes the feed.

Ag careers for the next generation

Competing with her goats in the showring is one part of Tara Hummel’s FFA project. She also is involved with embryo transfer work and the marketing of goats to FFA and 4-H members.

Tara Hummel

Chapter: Tri-Point

FFA Adviser: Diana Loschen

Parents: Dale and Holly Hummel and Tom and Colleen Hanson

SAE Project: Tri-Point FFA member Tara Hummel has a goat project that includes purchasing and showing two wethers each year. She prepares the goats in the months leading up to the show which includes feeding, exercising and getting the goats show broke.

Hummel also works for Hummel Livestock that raises and markets show goats to FFA and 4-H members across the country. The District 2 Star in Agricultural Placement assists with embryo transfer work, marketing and daily overseeing of the operation.

Ag careers for the next generation

Monique Garrett trains horses for several breeders. The Edwardsville FFA member trains horses in many disciplines and also assists with the breeding and birthing process.

Monique Garrett

Chapter: Edwardsville

FFA Advisers: John Davin and Jaci Jenkins

Parents: Don and Angie Garrett

SAE Project: The District 3 Star in Agricultural Placement trains and maintains horses for four owners. Garrett works at a Thoroughbred breeding farm and she trains horses in many disciplines.

The Edwardsville FFA member is responsible for cleaning stalls, caring and training horses and assisting with the breeding and birthing process.

Ag careers for the next generation

Jacob Hanks works at an egg production farm that manages over 1 million laying hens. He also is involved with the pullet facility where chicks arrive when they are one day old.

Jacob Hanks

Chapter: South Central

FFA Adviser: TJ Bolin

Parents: Curt and Cherity Hanks

SAE Project: Jacob Hanks is employed at Layer’s Inc., an egg production facility that includes over 1 million laying hens. The operation also has a pullet facility where one day old birds are housed until they are 15 weeks of age.

The South Central FFA member looks for unhealthy birds and completes maintenance on the feeders, watering system and egg transport system. He often is responsible for managing seven to 10 workers.

Ag careers for the next generation

Riley Bergmann loads hay onto an elevator to move the bales into the barn for storage. Hay production is just one of many tasks that the FFA member completes to maintain a herd of 40 commercial cows.

Riley Bergmann

Chapter: Nashville

FFA Adviser: Julie Bond-Ledford

Parents: Jeffery and Wendy Bergmann

SAE Project: Nashville FFA member Riley Bergmann is involved with his family’s beef and grain farm. He owns four head of commercial cows, and he raises steers to show at county and state fairs.

For his beef placement project, Bergmann is responsible for all the tasks required to maintain a herd of 40 commercial cows.

The District 5 Star in Agricultural Placement winner also helps raise wheat, corn and soybean crops. He is involved with working the ground, planting, harvesting and hauling grain to the elevator.

Martha Blum can be reached at 815-223-2558, ext. 117, or marthablum@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Blum.

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