Unity-Tolono FFA honored at state convention

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the Unity-Tolono FFA chapter attended the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention on June 12-14 along with more than 5,000 other FFA members, advisors, and guests.

“Be Bold” was the theme of the three-day event which recognizes achievements of Illinois FFA members, elects the major state officer team, and celebrates agriculture. Students at the convention were greeted with activities including a career fair featuring colleges and agribusinesses, an evening dance and talent show, and an opportunity to engage in the history of Illinois’ capital city. The Convention’s 2018 service project benefitted children through “The Crayon Initiative,” which collects old, used crayons and creates new ones for distribution to art programs at children’s hospitals across the nation. The convention program featured addresses by National FFA Southern Region Vice President Ian Bennett of Georgia and from each of the retiring major state officers.

During the convention, the following award was presented to the Unity-Tolono FFA chapter:

Beef Production Entrepreneurship State Proficiency Winner: Lindsey Decker is the daughter of Ed and Kim Decker of Philo; her FFA Advisor is Rich McCabe. Lindsey's projects include raising, showing, and marketing Angus cattle with the goal of raising quality registered Angus cattle that are functional in both production and show settings. Lindsey exhibits her female stock at the local, state, and national levels and plans to expand her operation into the use of embryo transfer. This Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) has allowed Lindsey to learn about time management and responsibility and how to become a better cattle producer. The Beef Production Entrepreneurship State Proficiency Award is sponsored by United Animal Health.

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