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5/10/2013 12:54:00 AM
Perkins-Tryon FFA Members Earn State Proficiency Awards
Kohl Murray of the Perkins-Tryon FFA captured thirdplacehonors in the 2013 Oklahoma FFA DiversifiedAgricultural Production Proficiency Award area. KeithKisling (right) of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, andLana Weichel (left), join Murray (second from left), aswell as Carson Vinyard (center) of Altus FFA and GarrettHeinrich of Garber FFA, who received first and secondplace, respectively. Photo provided
Kohl Murray of the Perkins-Tryon FFA captured thirdplacehonors in the 2013 Oklahoma FFA Diversified
Agricultural Production Proficiency Award area. Keith
Kisling (right) of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, and
Lana Weichel (left), join Murray (second from left), as
well as Carson Vinyard (center) of Altus FFA and Garrett
Heinrich of Garber FFA, who received first and second
place, respectively. Photo provided
Kohl Murray of the Perkins-Tryon FFA captured thirdplacehonors in the 2013 Oklahoma FFA DiversifiedAgricultural Production Proficiency Award area. KeithKisling (right) of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, andLana Weichel (left), join Murray (second from left), aswell as Carson Vinyard (center) of Altus FFA and GarrettHeinrich of Garber FFA, who received first and secondplace, respectively. Photo provided
Kohl Murray of the Perkins-Tryon FFA captured thirdplace
honors in the 2013 Oklahoma FFA Diversified
Agricultural Production Proficiency Award area. Keith
Kisling (right) of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, and
Lana Weichel (left), join Murray (second from left), as
well as Carson Vinyard (center) of Altus FFA and Garrett
Heinrich of Garber FFA, who received first and second
place, respectively. Photo provided

Kohl Murray of the Perkins- Tryon FFA Chapter earned third-place honors in the Oklahoma FFA Diversified Crop Production Placement Proficiency Award area during the 87th Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 1. "I have always been fascinated by all of the different crops and how they grow," Murray said. "What is really neat this year is for the first time I get to experience a canola crop."

Murray works for Murray Farms, which will become a centennial farm this year, and F4 Farms. He helps manage 6,000 acres between the two operations consisting of wheat, love grass, canola and Bermuda grass.

"I rely heavily on Kohl to assist me in all aspects of the operation," said Brad Freie, owner of F4 Farms. "Kohl is gaining the values, work ethic and commitment required to succeed not only in agriculture but in life." The diversified crop production placement proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to the best management practices available to produce and market two or more crop-related proficiencies. This includes grain production, fiber/oil production, forage production, specialty crop production, vegetable production and fruit production.

The 14-year-old Perkins-Tryon FFA member is the son of Kurt Murray and Shawn Freie. His agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Roger Jennings and Brandon Brunker.

This award is sponsored on the state level by Ron Hays of the Radio Oklahoma Network, Livingston Machinery, Paul and Colleen Bicket, and Keith and Lana Weichel. The national sponsors are National Crop Insurance Services and Crop Production Services.



Skylar Vogle of the Perkins- Tryon FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in the Oklahoma FFA Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award area during the 87th Oklahoma FFA Convention on May 1. Vogle started her supervised agricultural experience program when she decided to explore a more profitable method of marketing her show swine that were not high enough quality to go into a breeding program. She started her own business that sells the product "Sky Sticks," a 100 percent allpork meat stick.

"I am fortunate that the doors that have been opened for me have provided me with opportunities that will help me succeed in any endeavor that I choose to pursue, both educationally and professionally," Vogle said. "I hope I can continue this project throughout my college education." The agricultural sales entrepreneurship proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to sale of feed, seed, fertilizer or agricultural chemicals. Students also may own businesses involving the sales of agricultural equipment, machinery or structures. Activities may include the merchandising of crops, livestock, processed agricultural commodities, horticultural or forestry items at either the retail or wholesale level.

The 17-year-old Perkins- Tryon FFA member is the daughter of Troy Vogle and Debbra Murray. Her agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Brandon Brunker and Roger Jennings.

This award is sponsored on the state level by Chesapeake Energy Corp. and by the owners of Redgate Cattle Co., Max and Debra Redgate and John and Chancey Hanson. The national sponsor is Monsanto Crop production services







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