Young-Puyear receives Honorary State FFA Degree

Young-Puyear receives Honorary State FFA Degree


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 – The Missouri FFA Association named Cyndi Young-Puyear, Jamestown, an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Young, director of Brownfield and Ag Operations for Learfield, began her career in agriculture communications with Jacksonville’s WJIL radio station during 1985. She also worked for Oklahoma Agrinet and was the farm director for WTAX in Springfield, Ill. 

As a 35-year member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Young has received several honors including the Farm Broadcaster of the Year award in 1997, the coveted Oscar in Agriculture in 2009 and induction into the NAFB Hall of Fame in November 2021.


In support of FFA, Young, a former high school and collegiate FFA member, as well as a former FFA officer and former Illinois FFA Alumni executive committee member, has judged several FFA competitions, coached officer candidates and conducted educational sessions. Furthermore, Young spoke at chapter banquets as a journalist and has covered many State FFA Conventions and National FFA Conventions. She also received the Illinois FFA Honorary State FFA Degree in 1992


The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members. Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA Degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA. 

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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Pictured Cyndi Young-Puyear. 

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