Once again, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association sponsored the State Swine Production Proficiency Award at the Kentucky FFA State Convention in June.
According to the National FFA Organization, “Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agriculture experiences [projects], have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.”
The winner of the 2016 Swine Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency award is Ethan Ellis from the Boyle County FFA Chapter.
Ellis is the third generation of Vista Brook Farm, an 80 sow operation in Danville. The farm is owned by his grandfather and Ellis works alongside his father, uncle and cousin to carry on the day to day operations.
Annually, Vista Brook Farm sells 150-200 show pigs, most in their April sale. They also sell commercial boars, gilts and feeder pigs.
As state winner, Ellis’ proficiency was sent on to compete at the national level. He was named a finalist in the Swine Production Entrepreneurship division, meaning his proficiency was one of the top four in the nation.
Ellis is a freshman at the University of Kentucky, majoring in agriculture economics. He hopes someday to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture.