Coltin Adams and Maria McEnany of Colo-NESCO FFA Chapter received the American FFA Degree at the 86th National FFA Convention in Lousiville, Ky., held Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

The American FFA degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $7,500 and/or 2,250 hours through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. Recipients must complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service and demonstrate leadership and civic involvement. The gold American FFA degree key and certificate was awarded to 3,578 members out of a national membership of 557,318. This prestige’s award is presented annually to less than 1 percent of the total annual membership.

Outstanding Community Service

Coltin Adams who has been an FFA member for 7 years has had a strong SAE. He has had multiple SAE projects through out his FFA career. His projects have included working at Farm and Home in Nevada as a sales associate, working for local farms such as Mark Tjelmeland and Kevin Jacobson in McCallsburg. Coltin worked as a sales associate and mechanic for Van Wall in Nevada and Story City. He was also a sales associate at NESSA INC. in Zearing. Coltin also help start the first chapter web site and help restart the tractor restoration.

In 2010 received first place in Agricultural Communication for Proficiency at the state level and received his Iowa Degree the same year. In 2011 he received runner up for Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Proficiency at the state level.

At the chapter level Coltin served as Vice President for two terms and was a Reporter for one term. He earned his Star Greenhand in 2008. He participated in Agricultural Sales, Conduct of Meetings, and Agricultural Web Site Design. He also attended leadership events such as National Convention, State Convention, and District Officer Camp.

Coltin is currently working at Central Iowa Televising in McCallsburg working on cleaning and televising sewers for municipalities and works part time at the Heartland Coop in Colo.

Strong agricultural experience defines effort

Maria McEnany earned her American FFA degree using a strong SAE and leadership program during her six years of agricultural education and FFA.

As part of her SAE, Maria combined five years of roguing and detasseling in seed corn for DuPont- Pioneer to help her develop and understanding of the challenges in developing new genetic corn varieties for commercial corn production. During her college internships, she continued to work in the seed industry with experiences in soybean research at Syngenta and Monsanto and rice production at BASF.

At the state level, Maria has been recognized as a state winner in Specialty Crop Production (2009) and Grain Production Placement (2011) after placing 2nd in 2010 for her SAE experiences.

Leadership development has played an important role in Maria’s development. At the chapter level, Maria served as president of the Colo-NESCO FFA, treasurer and secretary.

She earned the Star Greenhand and DeKalb Accomplishment Awards. She participated in the leadership development events of creed speaking, radio broadcasting, job interview and program of activities. As part of her leadership activities, Maria attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., Made for Excellence, Step 212, Iowa FFA Leadership Conference, National FFA Convention and the Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute.

Maria served as secretary, treasurer, reporter, and historian of the Country Pioneers 4-H Club and as a member of the Story County 4-H Leadership Team.

She is currently completing her junior year at Iowa State University majoring in Agricultural Studies with a minor in Agronomy. Maria is the daughter of Lisa and Craig McEnany of rural Nevada.