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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.