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Tarleton prof receives Honorary Lone Star FFA degree
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr. Ted Ford, associate professor of agricultural and consumer sciences, was awarded the Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree at the 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention held July 8-12 in Dallas.
The Honorary Lone Star FFA Degree recognizes individuals who have rendered outstanding service to agricultural education and the Texas FFA, and is the highest degree bestowed by the state association.
“I am very proud to have been selected as a Honorary Lone Star Degree recipient,” said Ford. “I was very surprised to have been selected and very appreciative of Texas FFA and the Area 8 Association that nominated me.”
Ford is actively involved in FFA activities throughout the state and serves as coordinator of the Tarleton Invitational Career Development Event, which is dubbed as the world’s largest FFA contest that attracts more than 7,000 students to campus annually.
“As an agricultural education teacher educator at Tarleton, more future agriculture teachers have passed through Dr. Ford’s classes than any other agricultural educator in the nation,” said Dr. Rudy Tarpley, head of the agricultural and consumer sciences department. “On behalf of everyone associated with Tarleton agricultural education, we join in congratulating Dr. Ford as an Honorary Lone Star Degree recipient.”
In addition to the Tarleton CDE contests, Ford assists with scoring national FFA events and has served as chairman of the state degree check committee, as well as an official judge for district and area FFA leadership development events. Ford has also been a member of the state FFA career development event advisory committee, which reviews and revises contest rules. The professor also coordinates workshops at Tarleton to provide professional development for agricultural science teachers from all across Texas.
Along with his involvement in FFA-related activities, Ford volunteers as an assistant superintendent of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s market swine show and at the Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo’s ag mechanics project contest.
This year’s 85th annual Texas FFA State Convention was attended by more than 11,000 members and guests. The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 95,000 members and 1,000 local FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real-world experiences through local, state and national competitions.
For more information about the Texas FFA, visit www.texasffa.org.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Kurt Mogonye