Platte Valley FFA chapter named 3 Star Chapter for 2018 National Chapter award |

Platte Valley FFA chapter named 3 Star Chapter for 2018 National Chapter award

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Platte Valley FFA chapter of Kersey, Colo., has been recognized in 2018 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.

These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 22-27 will be recognized at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis. All-star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere. “Feeding some 9 billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today’s farmers,” said Amy Allen, manager, national corporate contributions for John Deere. “The skills and experiences learned though the National Chapter Award Program will help meet the critical needs.” The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

Nebraska’s Burke elected to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever national board of directors

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announced Jerrod Burke of Curtis, Neb., has been elected to the organization’s national board of directors. Burke, a life member of “The Habitat Organization” and a major advocate for habitat conservation efforts in his home state of Nebraska, joins Pheasants Forever’s 17-member board, which meets quarterly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever. “As a landowner, farmer and hunter, ‘The Habitat Organization’ has been a passion of mine ever since being introduced to its grassroots model many years ago,” Burke said. “I’ve worked with Pheasants Forever to attain diverse habitat projects on our family farm and to profile some of the great public lands we have in the state of Nebraska. To think that my relationship with this incredible nonprofit has come full circle, it really is a dream come true.” Burke and his family have a long history of commitment to wildlife habitat conservation ever since a portion of the family farm was homesteaded in 1888. The original Burke family homestead is still part of the family farming operation today and is included as part of their 4,500-acre property, composed of agricultural crops and a plethora of federal conservation programs. Burke actively farms with his father and brother, with his only son Logan, becoming more involved in the operation on a yearly basis. “Carrying out the traditions of land stewardship on our farm is an important obligation shared by the whole family,” he said. The Burke family was chosen as a recipient of the Nebraska Pheasants Forever 3 Million Acre Habitat Award for their contributions to conservation efforts in their local community. Rounding out a personal obligation to the environment, Burke served as a Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioner from 2005-2015, working tirelessly to improve wildlife populations and public access opportunities for sportsmen and women throughout the state. “Jerrod Burke brings a diverse background to our organization and represents the core of our membership — a devoted upland bird hunter and farmer who is committed to our local mission,” said Howard K. Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “I look forward to his ideas and participation with the national board of directors as we steer the organization towards greater conservation achievements for pheasants, quail and other wildlife.” A teacher at his core, Burke is entering his 31st year as an industrial technology instructor at Medicine Valley High School. Additionally, Burke has served his local community as a head football coach, the current network administrator, and is entering his eighth year as an elected member of the Curtis city council. Burke and his wife, Doris, have two children, Lauren and Logan, as well as one grandson, Kaidyn. In addition to being an avid upland hunter with a kennel of three Gordon Setters (Abbie, Willie and Sadie), Burke is also an avid waterfowler, deer hunter, and fisherman in his home state. ❖

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