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Agriculture Education Students Awarded Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates

Twenty-six students from six schools in Kansas have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. Of these, 22 were awarded the general certificate, two were awarded the animal science certificate and two were awarded the plant systems certificate.

Twenty-six students from six schools in Kansas have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. Of these, 22 were awarded the general certificate, two were awarded the animal science certificate and two were awarded the plant systems certificate. High schools with students earning certificates include Buhler, Centre, Ellsworth, Holton, Prairie View, and Republic County.

Students have completed requirements in the areas of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA. They have demonstrated excellence in agricultural knowledge, career readiness and leadership development. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all school courses to earn the certification.

Kurt Dillon, Kansas State Department of Education, said that well-prepared students are important to the future of Kansas. “We need well-rounded and capable students who are interested in working in agriculture. Students who have demonstrated the required proficiencies to earn this certificate should be congratulated.”

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is committed to establishing a dynamic and well-equipped workforce that meets the diverse needs of the agriculture industry today. “We need technical specialists to provide research in agronomy, technology and animal science fields,” said Kerry Wefald, KDA marketing director. “We also need skilled young people to operate high-tech machinery on our dairies, ranches and farms. Kansas agriculture is growing, and the industry requires a well-equipped workforce to help support that growth in our great state.”

These certificates have been endorsed by several industry organizations and employers:

  • Kansas Animal Science Skills & Competencies Certificate: Kansas Farm Bureau, Frontier Farm Credit and Triangle H.
  • Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate: FFA Foundation, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Grain & Feed Association and Kansas Livestock Association.
  • Kansas Plant Systems Skills & Competencies Certificate: Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Wheat, Frontier Farm Credit, Harris Crop Insurance, Hummert International, Scott Cooperative Association, Milliken Ag Concepts, and Middle Creek Seed.

Applications for the Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate are accepted each spring. To find more information, visit agriculture.ks.gov/ageducation.

Complete list of students:

Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Buhler High School

Brenden Bickel

Hayden Buek

Paige Carlin

Joseph Forbes

Isabella Garcia

Jacob Hanen

Ryan Klamm

Faith Kretzer

Cale McCabe

Hailey Moore

 

Centre High School

Grace Knepp

 

Prairie View High School

Grace Aust

Bryan Butler

Brooklyn Peterson

 

Republic County High School

Amber Cherney

Jony Dahl

Anna Pachta

 

Kansas Plant Systems Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Buhler High School

Hayden Buek

Isabella Garcia

 

Ellsworth High School

Kara Hays

Cassidy Kroboth

 

Holton High School

Quinn Kennedy

Savannah Phillips

Kortnee VanDonge

 

Kansas Animal Science Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Buhler High School

Ryan Klamm

Cale McCabe

 


The mission of the KDA Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach Team is to serve all Kansans through innovative programming and delivering solutions designed to create an environment that facilitates growth and expansion in agriculture while increasing pride in and awareness of the state’s largest industry – agriculture.

The Agricultural Marketing, Advocacy and Outreach team identifies with the following team goals:

  • Retain and serve current farms, ranches and agribusinesses in Kansas
  • Grow current farms, ranches and agribusinesses in Kansas
  • Expand the Kansas agriculture industry
  • Assist in maintaining/growing rural Kansas communities
  • Raising awareness of agriculture
  • Create appreciation for agriculture