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Agriculture

Smith earns top ag award

MANLIUS — Andrew Smith from Bureau Valley High school was presented with the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Co.

Smith, the son of David and Janet Smith, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. His significant experiences and accomplishments include winning the Section 3 Turf Grass Management SAE in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and earning his State Degree and Section 3 Star in Agribusiness in 2013. Willard Mott is Smith’s agricultural education instructor at Bureau Valley High School.

This year the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 67th anniversary. Throughout the years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agricultural honor.

As the winner of the 2014 award, Smith’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Bureau Valley High School.

Monsanto, a long-time support of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, sponsors the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award.

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