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Verona student is state champion in Crop Production for State FFA

Brandon Pasdertz (from left), Jeff Maierhofer and Kent Weber are seen at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day last month.
Brandon Pasdertz (from left), Jeff Maierhofer and Kent Weber are seen at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day last month.

SENECA – Brandon Pasdertz of Verona, a member of the Seneca Future Farmers of America chapter, won the State Diversified Crop Production Placement Award at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day held last month at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Pasdertz is the son of Joe Pasdertz. His agriculture education instructors at Seneca High School are Jeff Maierhofer and Kent Weber, according to a news release. The Diversified Crop Proficiency Award is one of 52 state FFA proficiency awards.

Five finalists in each award area advanced through chapter, section and district competition. Pasdertz will receive the award during the Illinois FFA State Convention, June 10 -12 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

The 2014 theme is “Planting Your Potential.” Pasdertz will be recognized for planting his potential in the agricultural, food and fiber industry. Selection of the state award winners is based on a personal interview, size and growth of the FFA member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and their knowledge of the subject area and career pathway, according to the release.

These awards honor FFA members who have developed specialized skills they can apply to their future careers. SAE awards have three categories: entrepreneurship, placement and research/experimentation. Fifty-two state award winners were selected from more than 17,000 FFA members statewide.

For information, visit www.illinoisffafoundation.org.

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