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Aug. 31, 2011
Dr. Arley Larson, associate professor of agriculture at Northwest Missouri State University, recently was selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree, an award given to individuals who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.
The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. The Honorary American FFA Degree recognizes individuals who have gone beyond the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturalists.
Members of the National FFA Board of Directors approved the nomination. Larson will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to receive the honor during an onstage presentation Oct. 19-22 at the 84th National FFA Convention. Recipients receive a certificate and medal.
Larson joined the Northwest faculty in 1987 after earning a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and spending several years working as an economist for Agricultural Research and Management Services Inc. and the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission. He serves as chair of the Department of Agriculture.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members - all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture - as part of 7,847 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
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