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Employees Honored at State FFA Convention

Manning and Musser Received FFA Honor

Jacob Davis, Education Specialist with the Alabama Department of Education (sponsor of the FFA), presents Steve Musser (l)  and Shawn Manning (r) Honorary State FFA Degrees.

AUBURN, Ala., August 4, 2014

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees Steve Musser and Shawn Manning received the highest honor given by the Alabama Future Farmers of America (FFA) Association --an Honorary State FFADegree. This degree, awarded at the State Convention, is given to exceptional individuals who provide life-changing experiences for FFA members. 

Musser, an Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in Auburn, has been directly involved with FFA for many years.  He was honored for leading the effort to hold a one day Career Development competition in Coffee County during his tenure there. This tradition continues today. 

As an FFA member from way back, Steve fondly remembers his days as a chapter president and a dyed hand when he received his greenhand degree. FFA members can earn degrees as they progress through the phases of their leadership, academic, and career skills development.

Manning serves as District Conservationist in Guntersville and was recognized for his service in coordinating the North Alabama District FFA Career Development events.

Shawn indicated he was surprised and honored to receive the honorary degree. He said, “FFA had a profound effect on me as a student and in many ways is responsible for my career path.”

Ben Malone, Acting Alabama NRCS State Conservationist said, “Steve and Shawn are both passionate about conservation.  They share their enthusiasm with youth and help instill in them the importance of conserving natural resources. We are proud that members of the NRCS family have been recognized by FFA.”