Logan Finke of New Florence won the Missouri FFA Diversified Crop Production Placement Proficiency Award.
Finke, a senior at Montgomery County R-II School District, is a member of the Montgomery County R-II FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Mary Leykamp and Amanda Sullivan.
Finke;s supervised agricultural experience program is working for Ridgley Farm and Seed, High Hill. Ridgely Farm cultivates 3800 acres of corn, soybeans and milo. Finke’s duties on the farm include planting; harvesting; record keeping; and treating, cleaning and selling seed. He learned the software and process for mixing seed treatment chemicals, and is the primary chemical mixer for Ridgley’s seed treatment. Finke said his experience; operating and maintaining the farm’s air seeder, combine and excavation equipment; inspired his future career path as a mechanical engineer.
In FFA, Finke competed at the district level in the livestock evaluation career development event. He has participated in the area and district level trapshooting competitions. He has attended Washington Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention & Expo, and state FFA convention.
In addition to FFA, Finke is a member of the National Honor Society and A+ Program. Outside of school, he is a member of the Bellflower Boosters 4-H Club and the 4-H Shooting Sports Team. He also is a member of the High Hill Church of St. John.
After graduating high school, Finke’s plans include attending the University of Missouri, Columbia, to study mechanical engineering. Finke said, after graduating college, he wants to work for John Deere as a mechanical engineer.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs,
employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified Crop Production - Placement is one of 46 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Jefferson City, sponsored this award.
The Missouri FFA has 25,945 members representing 348 chapters. The national organization has more than 700,000 members representing 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The 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.