Several Delawareans were among 13 recipients of a VIP Citation awarded at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo held in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 30 through Nov. 2. The VIP Citation is an honor that awards individuals who have dedicated 20 years of service to agricultural education.
Delawareans nominated by the Delaware FFA were Dr. Richard Barczewski, chair of the Delaware State University’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse; and Dr. Richard Taylor, former University of Delaware Extension agronomist, who retired in 2016.
“The VIP Award recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” said National FFA chief executive officer Mark Poeschl. “Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn become strong leaders in their families, communities and businesses.”
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.