Awards

Outstanding Cooperation Awards

The Outstanding Cooperation Award is presented to organizations, agribusinesses, industry or individuals that have provided exemplary service to agricultural education at the national level. This year’s award recipients contributed their time, their talents, and in some case their finances to ensure the success of agricultural education.

Each recipient received a plaque and a cash award to attend the annual conference in Kansas City. The Forrest T. Jones & Company sponsors this award.

Region I
Dr. Ron Dinus
Forest Biology Professor (Retired)
Bellingham,Washington
Region IV
Don Copenhaver
President of MFA Inc.
Columbia, Missouri
Region II
Dr. Larry Erpelding
Kansas State Universtiy
Manhattan, Kansas
Region V
William McCoy
Mississippi House of Representatives
Rienzi, Mississippi
Region III
W.D. Hoard & Publishing Co.
Atkinson, Wisconsin
Region VI
Michael Brammer
Pennsylvania FFA Executive Manager
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Region I
Dr. Ron Dinus
Forest Biology Professor (Retired)
Bellingham,Washington

Dinus, a retired professor, has been a valuable resource for the Mt. Baker agricultural education department and FFA chapter. As a volunteer educator, he maintains the students' attention by presenting basic genetic principals in real world scenarios. Using tissue-culture labs, gel electrophoresis and grafting of Douglas fir trees, Dr. Dinus teaches students about cutting edge forestry and advanced natrual resources practices.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Dinus continues to assit the program by serving on the Mt. Baker FFA Advisory Committee, coaching Career Development Event teams and is a vocal advocate for al agricultural programs

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Region II
Dr. Larry Erpelding
Kansas State Universtiy
Manhattan, Kansas

For more than 30 years, Dr. Erpelding has served the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University in several capacities. His influence has sparked annual traditions, such as the K-State night at the Ag Ed Symposium. By combining his experiences as an agricultural educator in Kansas and Ohio, Erpelding has authored or co-authored over 20 publications.

While serving as the Executive Secretary of the Kansas FFA Alumni Association, President of the National Association of Coleges and Teachers of Agriculture and as an Agricultural Educator for NEwton High School, Erpelding has made a positive difference in the agricultural education profession.

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Region III
W.D. Hoard & Publishing Co.
Atkinson, Wisconsin

The W.D. Hoard and Sons Publishing Company realizes the connection between today and tomorrow's agricultural industry. By inveting in education, the Hoard's Dairyman Farm Magazine serves as a valuable educational resource for several agricultural education, 4-H and college students across the nation, providing field trips, hostinf judging contests and preserving the dairy industry history in the W.D. Hoard Museum.

Hoard's Dairyyman, the national dairy farm magazine, provides agricultural educators, students and farmers with practical information that meets the needs of the agricultural industry.

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Region IV
Don Copenhaver
President of MFA Inc.
Columbia, Missouri

Copenhaver, President of MFA Incorporated, has provided long-term support of agricultral education, FFA and Young Farmers for many years. MFA is a farmer owned cooperative and agricultural service center with over 45,000 members throughout the state of Missouri. Annually, MFA Inc. sponsors the FFA Greenhand Motivational Conferences, the State Star recognition programs, the Missouri Young Farmer's annual convention and the State FFA Degree charms. In addition to the sponorships above, MFA was instrumental to the construction of the FFA Building at the State Fair in 2002.

The MFA Foundation also invest in the future of young agricultural students by providing over 300 college scholarships, helping them further their education.

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Region V
William McCoy
Mississippi House of Representatives
Rienzi, Mississippi

McCoy has been a driving force for vocational education reform in the Mississippi House of Representatives for the past 26 years. As a friend of agriculture teachers and students, he has negotiated the appropriation of approximately 6 million dollars toward the creation of new agriculture programs.

William McCoy credits vocational agriculture as the influence that allowed him to be successful in all which he has accomplished. While raising cattle and producing worms for bait, McCoy excelled in each phase of the total agriculture program as a teenager. Today, he attributes his parliamentary, leadership and speaking shills to the agricultural education training he received in high school.

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Region VI
Michael Brammer
Pennsylvania FFA Executive Manager
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Brammer, the Pennsylvania FFA Executive Manager, considers himself to be the luckiest guy in the world. Everyday he looks foward to working with agricultural educators, local agriculture programs and FFA members. Brammer continually creates opportunites for agriculture educators and students to interact with and support each other.

As the Pennsylvania Executive Manager, Brammer provides the most professional training possible to all FFA members. HE devotes his time to providing local agriculture teachers with the latest information bout FFA programs, policy changes and involvement of business and industry representatives.

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