Dordt College News

Three Dordt College students receive FFA’s highest honor

November 16, 2011

Fewer than half of one percent of Future Farmers of America (FFA) members advance through their local chapter and state degree programs to earn the FFA American degree; this year, three Dordt students earned this honor.

Dordt College students Chris Schultz, Geoffrey Stout, and Sarah Van Den Berg received this highest honor awarded by the National FFA organization, which recognizes demonstrated leadership abilities and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing, and service programs.

“Those who earn this degree are the cream of the crop,” said Mike Schouten of the Dordt College agriculture department. “These students put in the hard work and have the leadership skills needed to get this far. They are truly outstanding in their field.”

Schultz, of Humboldt, Iowa, is majoring in history. Stout, of Dunkerton, Iowa, is majoring in agri-business. Van Den Berg, of Rock Valley, Iowa, is majoring in nursing. All three students are sophomores.

The National FFA Organization is a youth organization with more than half a million members. All FFA youth are preparing for possible careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.

Dordt College is one of only a handful of Christian colleges in North America to offer an accredited four-year agriculture program, with nine different emphases, including animal science, agri-business, ag missions, biotechnology.

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