Agriculture Education Students Awarded Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates

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MANHATTAN, Kansas — Twenty-five students from seven schools in Kansas have been awarded the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificate. Of these, 24 were awarded the general certificate, five were awarded the animal science certificate and one was awarded the plant systems certificate. High schools with students earning certificates include Buhler, Centre, Ellsworth, Greeley County, Holton, Republic County and Wellington.

Students have completed requirements in the areas of classroom instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) and FFA. They have demonstrated excellence in agricultural knowledge, career readiness and leadership development. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all school courses to earn the certification.

“The criteria to achieve these certificates represents more than just one specific exam, event, or activity on a single day but a culmination of successful involvement and achievement in multiple activities over four years of high school,” said John Clark, the agriculture education teacher at Buhler High School. “These students who earned these certificates should be proud of this high honor, which is only accomplished by students who are very well-rounded in a variety of requirements.”

KDA is committed to establishing a dynamic and well-equipped workforce that meets the diverse needs of the agriculture industry today. “Growth in Kansas agriculture will depend on a strong workforce, so we need skilled young people like these to support the future of the industry,” said Russ Plaschka, KDA marketing director. “These certificates show they have developed critical skills that will help them in their future careers, whether they end up on dairies, ranches, farms, agribusinesses, research labs, or in the variety of other employment opportunities in agriculture.”

The Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates meet the requirement for industry-recognized certifications earned by students in high school. Industry-recognized certifications are one of three ways that schools can increase the success rate for their postsecondary progress on their annual report card from the Kansas State Department of Education.

These certificates have been endorsed by several industry organizations and employers:

  • Kansas Animal Science Skills & Competencies Certificate: Kansas Farm Bureau, Frontier Farm Credit and Triangle H.
  • Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificate: FFA Foundation, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Grain & Feed Association and Kansas Livestock Association.
  • Kansas Plant Systems Skills & Competencies Certificate: Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Wheat, Frontier Farm Credit, Harris Crop Insurance, Hummert International, Scott Cooperative Association, Milliken Ag Concepts, and Middle Creek Seed.

Applications for the Kansas Agriculture Skills & Competencies Certificates are accepted each spring. To find more information, visit

Complete list of students:

Kansas Agriculture Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Buhler High School

Jackson Childs

  • Thomas Compton
  • Hunter Durham
  • Jaylee Giles
  • Maren Lackey
  • Kacey Lehl
  • Mace McCabe
  • Jared McQuilliam
  • Carson Moler
  • Bradley Neill
  • Marissa Orem
  • Tanner Tustain
  • Bonner Van Bruggen
  • Caroline Wagner
  • Kaden Warner
  • Abigail Yutzy

Centre High School

  • Quinten Bina
  • Kyle Peterson
  • Tanner Stuchlik

Ellsworth High School

  • Nicole Haase

Greeley County High School

  • Payton Walk

Holton High School

  • Katina Bartel

Republic County High School

  • Nicole Popelka

Wellington High School

  • Baylee Newberry

Kansas Plant Systems Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Wellington High School

  • Matthew Pryce

Kansas Animal Science Skills and Competencies Certificates:

Buhler High School:

  • Hunter Durham
  • Jaylee Giles
  • Maren Lackey
  • Kacey Lehl
  • Caroline Wagner