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Iowan chosen as National FFA officer

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 12/03/2013 2:46 PM

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LOUISVILLE —Steven Brockshus, a 20-year-old Iowa State University student from Sibley, was elected Central Region FFA vice president at last week's National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville.

After learning that he had been elected, Brockshus posted on Twitter that he was "humbled to represent FFA for one more year."

Brockshus grew up on his family's dairy farm. His grandparents, uncle, aunt and father milk 430 cows and raise 450 acres of crops. His parents are Jason and Shanise.

Brockshus is a sophomore at ISU majoring in ag education and global resource systems. His goal is to do agricultural mission work in a developing country. His Supervised Agricultural Experience is dairy placement. He worked on his family's farm milking cows, developing feed rations and working with milk studies. He helped with field work and applied manure at harvest. He received his American FFA Degree at the the national convention.

Mike Earll was his ag education instructor and FFA advisor at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

Brockshus was 2011 to 2012 Iowa FFA president and was northwest Iowa vice president the year before. He served as social media lead intern for Truth about Trade and Technology this fall. Through that opportunity he was able to interact with farmers from throughout the world at World Food Prize events in Des Moines.

In a recent interview Brockshus said he is grateful to those who mentored him.

"I would not be able to do this without other people helping me," Brockshus said.

Brian Walsh, an agribusiness major at Virginia Tech, was elected National FFA president. Mitch Baker, an agricultural communications major at the University of Tennessee, is secretary.
 Jackson Harris, a community development major at the University of Alabama, is the new Southern Region vice president.
 Wes Davis, an agribusiness management and rural development major at West Virginia University, was elected Eastern Region vice president and Jason Wetzler of Oregon, an agricultural leadership major at Oklahoma State University, is the new Western Region vice president.

National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers.

"For this new national officer team, it will be a year of hard work, long hours, lots of travel and major advocacy for FFA and agricultural education," said 2012-13 National FFA President Clay Sapp. "It is a year of profound experiences that will change their lives and thousands of lives their service will touch.