Travis Hughes of Genoa, a member of the Genoa-Kingston FFA Chapter, won the State Vegetable Production Award at the State FFA Proficiency Awards Day held April 5 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Travis is the son of Todd and Mollie Hughes of Genoa. His agriculture education instructor at Genoa-Kingston High School is Annica Hulstedt.
The Vegetable Production Award is one of 52 State FFA Proficiency Awards. Five finalists in each award area advanced through chapter, section and district competition. Travis will receive the award during the Illinois FFA State Convention in June at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The 2014 theme is “Planting Your Potential.”
Selection of the state award winners is based on a personal interview, size and growth of the FFA member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience and their knowledge of the subject area and career pathway. 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. Entrepreneurship awards are given to students whose SAE involves ownership of an agricultural production or an agribusiness enterprise. Placement awards go to those with SAEs related to employment, apprenticeship or internship at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Research awards are given to students whose SAEs relate to utilizing and understanding scientific methods and discovery.
Fifty-two state award winners were selected from more than 17,000 FFA members statewide. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.