Writer: Elisa French
LAS CRUCES- The state's FFA stars were honored during the state convention June 1-4 at New Mexico State University.
The state star greenhands-members in their early years of FFA-are Paul Moya of Los Lunas and Cami Nichole Moore of Animas. Senior FFA members selected as state star farmers are Trevor Gray of Hagerman, Jason Runyan of Melrose and Jacob Freitas of Artesia.
Star greenhands and farmers submit applications with FFA stories and photos. Winners are selected during interviews at state convention.
Moya, the state star greenhand in agribusiness, has learned the details of farm management as an employee with Moya Farms. His responsibilities include stacking alfalfa, tracking shipments, maintaining machinery, irrigating crops, baling hay, disking fields, planting crops and welding. He is the son of Joseph and Sylvia Moya. His agricultural education teachers are Dan Matthews and Chris Flanagan.
Moore, the state star greenhand in production agriculture, participates in a supervised agricultural experience program that involves 60 acres of farmland, cattle production, sheep production, horses and show animals. Along with animal care, she has learned about financial planning, record keeping and production practices. She is the daughter of Wayne and Darla Moore. Her father is her agricultural education teacher.
Gray, state star farmer in agribusiness, is learning about farming and sheep production through a supervised agricultural experience program. He has learned how to balance feed rations, give vaccinations and conduct farm maintenance. His parents are Ray and Ann Miles. His agricultural education teacher is Jesus Trujillo.
Runyan, state star farmer in production agriculture, is taking part in a supervised agricultural experience program with market steers, market sheep, breeding cattle and meat goats. He is learning about record keeping, financial management, and animal care and nutrition. He is the son of Mark and Lisa Runyan. His agricultural education teacher is Miles Mitchell.
Freitas, the state star farmer in agriscience, has gained valuable dairy knowledge as an employee of Freitas Milk Testing. While working more than 720 hours over two years, he has learned how to take milk samples, set up and break down milk barns, maintain machinery and manage data. He is the son of Mitch and Kelly Freitas. His agricultural education teachers are Monte Avery and Justin Lamb.
New Mexico has 6,000 agricultural education students, more than 4,000 of whom belong to FFA. FFA members participate in community service projects, competitions and leadership events that prepare them for more than 300 careers related to agriculture.
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