By Erin Portman, Media Intern
The State Star Farmer award recognizes outstanding achievement in a production agriculture supervised agricultural experience project and active participation in the FFA. Brakhage was selected for the award from this year’s 686 State FFA Degree recipients.
Brakhage’s SAE program includes both
crop and livestock production. He owns a herd of registered Angus cattle in
Brakhage also produces wheat and milo on 280 acres. He is responsible for taking soil samples, selecting fertilizer based on results, scouting for weeding, applying chemicals as needed, as well as any other necessary management decisions.
“Being from a family farm background, I have had an opportunity to be involved in all phases of crop and livestock productions,” Brakhage said.
The State Star Farmer selection process begins when candidates for the State FFA Degree complete applications. Top applicants with production agriculture SAE programs are selected to interview for the title of District Star Farmer, and these five winners compete for State Star Farmer award.
As State Star Farmer, Brakhage received a $2,000 cash award and the Governor’s Trophy.
This award is sponsored by Davis Farms of Guthrie, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma and The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma.
Brakhage is the 18-year-old son of Rick and Lynna Brakhage. His agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Jim Spake.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education Division within the Oklahoma CareerTech system. The Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth largest state association with 357 chapters and more than 24,000 members. FFA prepares students for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. For more information about FFA and the state convention, visit http://www.okffa.org.