Kansas FFA Announces Recognition of VIP Citation Award | Alfalfa and Forage News

Longtime Kansas FFA supporters were recognized at the 94th Kansas FFA Convention on the Kansas State University campus on June 2 by receiving VIP Citation Awards.






The Kansas FFA VIP Citation Award recipients were, from left, Eric Atkinson, Kurt Dillon and David Nichols. (Photo courtesy of Kansas FFA.)


Among the winners was David Nichols, of Manhattan, a professor and education coordinator in the Department of Animal Science and Industry at K-State’s College of Agriculture. Eric Atkinson, Manhattan, and Kurt Dillon, St. George, were also recognized.

“Dr. Nichols has been a huge supporter of the Kansas FFA, from coordinating the CDE of livestock to supporting members at livestock shows and even bringing a warm K State welcome here at the convention” said Eric Peterson, Kansas FFA Secretary of State, “We appreciated his dedication to our organization and wish him well in his retirement.”

He coached K-State’s cattle judging team from 1986-1988 and has judged numerous county, state and national shows. He sits on the board of the Kansas Junior Livestock Show and the American Royal.

Atkinson has hosted the hour-long daily radio show “Agriculture Today” since 1983. Broadcast in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska, “Agriculture Today” features agricultural specialists from K-State and other experts examining agricultural issues facing Kansas and Kansas. the nation. Atkinson also produced a weekly series of audio reports on agriculture, forestry and wildlife management.

“Mr. Atkinson has been telling the story of agriculture and the FFA for many years and is always eager to share news of Kansas FFA members and celebrate our accomplishments,” said Peterson. “Our organization has greatly benefited from Mr. Atkinson’s long-standing passion and commitment to agricultural education and FFA.

Dillon is a former Kansas FFA state councilor and served in that role from 2011-2021.

While serving as a state councilor, he provided support and guidance to agricultural teachers statewide and advocated for the Kansas FFA at the Kansas State Department of Education. He has also served on the national board of directors of the FFA. Prior to his state councilmanship, Dillon was an agricultural education teacher at Rawlins County High School and an Atwood FFA councilor for 23 years.

“Mr. Dillon has played a significant role in FFA for members, teachers and future agricultural teachers. His love for FFA and agricultural education is evident to those who know him and it is truly moving to see how how much he cares about students and teachers, Peterson said “Kansas FFA is extremely grateful to Mr. Dillon for his dedication to our members.”

FFA honorary state diplomas awarded

Seven individuals received the Honorary State FFA Degree at the 94th Kansas FFA State Convention, June 2, 2022, on the campus of Kansas State University. The recipients of the honor are: Michael Brouk, Randy Galle, Brooks Hetle, KaCee James, Chad Miller, Richard Poland and Ron Pope.

Brouk is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science and Industry at K-State College of Agriculture, specializing in dairy management. He was the coordinator of the Dairy Cattle Career Development Event at the state level for many years.

Galle, the chief operating officer of Bergkamp, ​​Inc., is retiring from the Kansas FFA Foundation board of directors after six years of service. During his tenure, he served as Treasurer of the Foundation Board.

Hetle served as National Officers Coach and Employability Skills Leadership Development Event Coordinator while at K-State for the past nine years. He recently became Associate Director of Residence Life at North Dakota State University.

James has taught and served as an FFA advisor at Doniphan West, Hiawatha and most recently at the FFA chapters of Jayhawk-Linn. She is the past president of the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators.

Miller is an associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at K-State College of Agriculture. He specializes in floriculture, ornamentals, and plant physiology and served as the coordinator of the State Floriculture CDE and Landscape Nursery CDE.

Poland is the owner and founder of Poland Angus Ranch. From 1993 to 2021, the ranch hosted the Poland Angus Judging Contest, a high quality competition for 4-H and FFA youth from across the state of Kansas.

Pope is an instructor in the Department of Animal Science and Industry at K-State College of Agriculture, where he specializes in beef cattle production and management and teaches the introductory animal science lab. He is a longtime Kansas FFA supporter and has assisted many state CDEs.

Kevin A. Perras