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K-State Today

August 17, 2018

Ulmer to receive Honorary American FFA Degree

By Jason Ellis

Jonathan Ulmer

Jonathan Ulmer, associate professor of agricultural education at Kansas State University, was recently selected to receive the Honorary American FFA Degree.

This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.

Ulmer currently serves on the National FFA Board of Directors and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Executive Committee. He is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education.

Prior to coming to K-State, he served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and the University of Missouri. Growing up in Nebraska he earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural education at the University of Nebraska and taught AgScience at Medicine Valley High School in Curtis, Nebraska. He earned his master's degree in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University and his doctorate in agricultural education at the University of Missouri.

The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved the nomination.

Ulmer will receive the award at the 2018 National FFA Convention and Expo during an onstage ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26, in Indianapolis. All recipients will receive a certificate and medal, and their names will be permanently recorded.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization also is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.