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Tri-Point FFA Member Named National Winner!

National Winner!

Tyler S. Loschen, 18, of the Tri-Point FFA chapter was named the national winner of the Diversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship Proficiency award program at the 82nd National FFA Convention on Friday, October 23, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN.

Loschen, the son of Gary and Diana Loschen of rural Kempton grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa and grass hay for his Diversified Crop Project. Tyler has always loved farming. In fact, the Kempton, Illinois resident would look forward to each Christmas with anticipation as he knew he’d have new components for his toy farm set. Now, agriculture isn’t just a toy farm set for the Tri-Point FFA member, it’s reality. His crop enterprise began his freshman year, with renting 20 acres and then expanded when a neighbor rented 160 additional acres to him. He is constantly looking to improve and expand his operation. Loschen is a senior at Tri-Point High School. His advisor is Mrs. Diana Loschen.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Diversified Crop Production is one of 47 proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels. Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship proficiency award program is sponsored by CHS Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members—all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agriculture education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.

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