Mission Valley FFA

    This past year the Mission Valley FFA Chapter had one member receive high recognition. Tyler Phillips, a graduate in the class

of 2016, was named the 2017 Kansas State Star Farmer. This award is truly one of the most sought-after awards that an FFA

member can receive. He said, "Sometimes I still cannot believe that it happened to me." Tyler has been at it since the beginning.

He has been around farming in Lyon and Wabaunsee county since he was born and he has loved every bit of it since the

beginning. He has discovered that he preferred putting up grass hay with my skill set. He started in 2011 with only 30 acres of

native grass and has worked through the hardships that people face in Kansas to grow to 300 acres of brome grass, 350 acres of

prairie hay, 18 acres of row crop land, and a custom haying business. "If it was not for the people in my life, I would not have been

able to grow my business let alone earn this prestigious award. My parents, Tom and Amy Phillips, laid the ground work and taught

me how to farm and how to run a business," said Tyler. His advisors, Kelly Hoelting and John Bergin, showed him different areas of

agriculture and how to improve the applications and to prepared him for the world that comes after high school. It was also other

FFA advisors, both past and present, his extended family, local farmers, local seed and chemical companies, and so many people

that have helped him along the way that got me to where he is today. He said, "Yes, I have grown my hay operation over the past 6

years but if it was not for the people in the community and the East Central District, I would never have been able to become a

Kansas Star Farmer. To everyone, thank you so much!"

Tyler was also presented with another great award. He was a National Finalist for the proficiency award in Diversified Crop

Production Entrepreneurship in 2016, he was given the opportunity to interview to receive an international trip to the country of

Ireland. He was selected out of a proficiency area and was set to travel to the country in June of 2017 with approximately 60 fellow

FFA members and advisors. While in Ireland, he traveled with Ireland Agritourism company exploring both agricultural sites and

scenic sites of the island. He visited a dairy farm, multiple sheep farms, a beef cattle ranch, and the national horse stud farm. Some

more interesting places were the mussel farms, Christmas tree farm, and a water buffalo dairy. The tour also took the group to a

potato farm that raised double muscled cattle like the Belgian Blue breed. Scenic places included the Cliffs of Moher, the Blarney

Stone, and My Lady’s View. The group worked with using Euros and listening to the Irish talk about life in Ireland. "It was truly a

once in a life time experience that allowed me to experience a wonderful country and to meet and make many new friends," said




Congratulation so Kelly Hoelting and John Bergin for receiving the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Middle/ Secondary Agricultural Education Program Award, that was given at the NAAE annual convention in Las Vegas on November 30.

Awesome Job!


Mission Valley FFA was given an official send off to the National Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  We wish them the best of luck!!!



**Mission Valley was named the Kansas Association of Agriculture Educators Outstanding Agriculture Education program in the state of Kansas.

**John Bergin and Kelly Hoelting both won many awards in the Ideas Unlimited divisions..each winning 1st in at least 1 category.

**The New Horizons for Youth Foundation (through the Dover Community Foundation) has awarded $1000 in local SAE grants to 6 Mission Valley FFA members. The local winners are Keith Jones, Jesse Bruner, Rob Phillips, Cohle Phillips, Adam McGinley, and Christen Radamacher.

4 National SAE Grant Winners, each winning $1,000--most in Kansas, 2nd in the nation.
Rebekah Cain--goat production
Seth Rudeen--bee production
Caleb Hinck--wildlife management
Cody Kealy--bee production

1 State SAE Grant Winner--$500
Sam Gleason--Swine Production

**13 FFA members receive the Cargill Blue jacket grant. This is the most we have ever had, and the most to any chapter in Kansas. 
 Winners--Clay Phillips, Paula Taylor, Sarah Tennison, Lizzy Anderson, Brandon Hittle, C.J. Jones, Brent Coats, Jesse Bruner, Caleb Hinck, Chase Parks, Chris Anderson, Daylee Logan and Keith Jones. 

Mary & Dan Daniel nominated the FFA for the $2500 Monsanto Communities that Grow grant.  Tyler Phillips and Emily Schwant traveled to the Topeka Farm Show to be a part of the presentation.