By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Simeon Moedl, a former Preston student, recently received an honorary state FFA degree from the Idaho FFA Association at a state Leadership Conference in Twin Falls. It is the highest honor the State FFA can present advocates and supporters of the FFA and agriculture.
Only 20 were given across the entire state this year. Moedl was also elected to serve as the state FFA alumni representative for Southern Idaho for the upcoming year. The purpose of the honorary state FFA degree is to recognize adults who are helping to advance agriculture education and the FFA or who have rendered outstanding service to the agriculture industry.
These individuals may include agriculture teachers, farmers, business people, legislators, school administrators, staff members in ag education and others who help to advance vocational agriculture and the FFA.
Moedl is currently attending Utah State University studying ag systems with a business emphasis and has worked at Valley Wide Co-op in Preston for over six years.
“Moedl has served as a local chapter and Southeast Idaho district FFA creed and extemporaneous speaking judge. He has served as a judge at the Southeast Idaho District Ag Sales for five years,” said Larin Crossley, Preston FFA advisor.
With his position at Valley Wide, he has been instrumental in working with different FFA chapters on various fundraising events. These have provided needed financial assistance to the West Side and Preston FFA chapters, according to Crossley.
This story is sponsored by FCMC: Dr. Jepsen.
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