7 Canton FFA members receive degrees

Two Canton FFA members received their National FFA degree, also called the American Degree, in Louisville, Ky., in November. Five others will receive their state FFA degree, also known as the Keystone Degree, at the 98th Pennsylvania State Farm Show on Monday.

Also at the Farm Show, the Canton FFA will have a landscape entry, a display, a video presentation on agricultural best management practices today, and a demonstration on English versus Western horse riding and showing on Monday.

Nine Canton freshmen will receive their first jackets through the state alumni jacket award program.

The FFA midwinter convention is at 2 p.m. Monday in the large arena at the State Farm Show complex.

Casey Hall and Janice Jackson received their National FFA degrees at the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo, which was held Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Kentucky.

The National FFA Degree is given to those students in recognition of their academic and professional excellence.

Sponsored by ADM?Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.

To be eligible, FFA?members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. They also must complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities.

Hall and Janice Jackson were among 3,578 recipients last year.

The five other Canton FFA members – Autum McPherson, Will Unruh, Caleb Jackson, Madison Riggs and Whitney Baxter – all will receive their state FFA Degrees on Monday.