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New IL FFA Stars announced

The Illinois FFA has named its 2024 Star awards.

Drew Mickey, of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, was selected as the State’s Star Farmer.

“There was a lot of work over the past four years with my record books and between my livestock and crop SAE’s.”  He says, “So I think it really just displays the strong passion in the future of agriculture in Illinois.”

He tells Brownfield…

“I worked my way through it and found out that the livestock part of it was what I had the most passion for.”  He says, “That also led me to my major in college animal science.”

Illinois Star Awards honor FFA members who have developed the organization’s most outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), demonstrated outstanding management skills, and earned the State FFA Degree.

  • Waylon Paulek, also of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 Illinois FFA State Star in Agricultural Placement. 
  • Ty Robison, of the Goreville FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 Illinois FFA State Star in Agribusiness.
  • Olivia Shike, of the Tolono-Unity FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 Illinois FFA State Star in Agriscience.
  • Macie Bartlow, of the Macomb Middle FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 State Discovery Star in Agribusiness.
  • Lucy DeAth, of the Salt Fork FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 State Discovery Star Farmer.
  • William Smith, of the Franklin FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 State Discovery Star in Agricultural Placement.
  • Lily DeAth, of the Salt Fork FFA Chapter, was selected as the 2024 State Discovery Star in Agriscience.

The 96th Illinois FFA state convention concluded this week in Springfield.

Pictured above (from L to R): Drew Mickey, Taylorville FFA, Star Farmer; Waylon Paulek, Taylorville FFA, Star Ag Placement; Kristi Jones, Illinois Department of Agriculture Deputy Director; Olivia Shike, Unity (Tolono) FFA, Star Agriscience; and Ty Robison, Goreville FFA, Star Agribusiness

AUDIO: Drew Mickey – Taylorville FFA Chapter

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