High school farmers recognized

Photo Provided Ben Smith of Ravenswood was recognized by state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for winning the National FFA Proficiency Grain Production award at the National Convention last fall.

WESTON — Last Saturday, Ben Smith of Ravenswood was recognized by state Agriculture Commissioner Kent Leonhardt for winning the National FFA Proficiency Grain Production award at the National Convention last fall.

Another student group recognized for national honors was Tyler County FFA in Land Judging with students Nick Spencer, Megan Vandruff, Creed Ammons and Madison Craven and coaches Leon Ammans and Annie Hall Erwin.

Also recognized were Monroe County 4-H Homesite Judging with Gavin Taylor, Alexander Chernauskas, Seth Goodwin and coach Brian Wickline, and National FFA Forestry Judging Champions from Pocahontas County FFA Kyle Cohenour, Jacob Jones, Mathias Solliday, Branon Puffenbarger with coach Scott Barder.

Five adults were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Linda Carnell in Forestry, Gary Gibson in Agriculture, Charles Hunter in Agriculture, Russell Linger in Agriculture, Dr. Betty Crickard McCartney in Agriculture/4-H, and Thomas Snyder in Forestry.

This event took place at WVU Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston. The event is “devoted to honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the agricultural and forestry industries in West Virginia and the nation.”

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