LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Arkansas Farm Bureau recognized Josh Baker of Mt. Home High School as the state’s Outstanding Ag Educator. Baker received the award at the opening session of the organization’s 79th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The Outstanding Ag Educator Award recognizes a high school agriculture education instructor for their efforts in teaching young people about agriculture, leadership and involvement in FFA (Future Farmers of America).
Baker’s program includes 450 students in ag education and 200 FFA members. Through his leadership, the program has had multiple students become state FFA officers, national FFA delegates and Arkansas Leadership Conference speakers. He has also had six state winning career development teams, 33 district Career Development Event winners and won the Eastern District Sweepstakes multiple times.
The program at Mountain Home boasts a large livestock show team and several students who have received the State Star Farmer Degree, State Star in Agribusiness and multiple state proficiency winners in several categories.
Many of his former students are now working in an ag-related field, including three who are now vocational-agriculture teachers.
The first day of the convention also included an address from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, and political and cultural observer Rex Nelson.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
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