WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One of the highlights of the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention was the naming and awarding of the 2019 State Stars of Indiana.
During the Stars Over Indiana program, the Indiana FFA recognized outstanding individuals in four categories who had been named section stars for their exemplary supervised agricultural experiences, before naming the state Star winner. Each Star winner received $250 from the Jeff Lehman Family.
Star in Agribusiness: Collin Tennant of the Manchester FFA earned top honors in the Star in Agribusiness category for his roadside produce called the Pumpkin Post where he sells over 12,000 pumpkins a year.
Over the years, Tennant also has added a you-pick pumpkin patch to his stand and one day hopes to turn his operation into a full-scale agritourism destination.
Wyatt Polen of the South Newton FFA also was honored as the Section 1 Star in Agribusiness.
Star in Agriscience: Gabe Hefty of the DeKalb FFA was awarded the honor of state Star in Agriscience for his lifelong love of science and his passion to do research projects to find ways to make things better on his family farm.
Two of his areas of focus are research involving clean water and renewable energy. He plans to attend Purdue University, where he will major in agriculture mechanics.
Star in Agricultural Placement: Cade Snethen of the Benton Central FFA was named state Star in Agricultural Placement for his work on a 4,000-head, wean-to-finish swine operation. Snethen plans to attend Texas Tech University and has plans to join the meats judging team.
Ethan Shannon of the West Central FFA was honored as the Section 1 Star in Agricultural Placement, Johnathon Poynter of the North Putnam FFA was recognized as the Section 3 Star in Agricultural Placement, and Maria Turner of the Mt. Vernon at Mt. Vernon FFA was honored as the Section 4 Star in Agricultural Placement.
Star Farmer: Tyler Bluhm of the Adams Central FFA was named state Star Farmer for the work he does with his cattle herd.
Besides maintaining his 70-head herd, he also has a livestock-hauling business. His future plans include buying more trucks and trailers and owning his own farm.
Katelyn Rudolph, of the South Central FFA was recognized for being the Section 1 Star Farmer, Mary Timm of the North Putnam FFA was honored for being the Section 3 Star Farmer, and Hannah Walker of the Salem FFA was honored for being Section 4 Star Farmer.