Indiana FFA recognizes Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service Recipients

Five members of the agriculture education community tabbed for exceptional service to Indiana FFA.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 20, 2018) – Indiana FFA recognized six people for their dedication to agriculture education and FFA at the 89th Indiana FFA State Convention on Wednesday. Andrea Schwartz, Archie Sauerheber , Kraig Bowers, and Nancy Bell were recognized as Honorary Degree Recipients, while Roger Carr was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award.

Mrs. Andrea Schwartz has been a long time agricultural educator. From serving as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Cloverdale High School to West Central High School. Since her time as an FFA Advisor, she as gone to serve as an Associate Professor, Agriculture Program Chair and, now, Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences at Ivy Tech Community College. Through her roles, Mrs. Schwartz has played an integral part in helping students transition from Ivy Tech to Purdue University through the Pathway to Purdue Program. Not to mention, she has done numerous things to support and help advance agricultural education in Indiana. Mrs. Schwartz has helped the FFA at the chapter, district, and state levels by providing countless resources for events like the District Four Kickoff and Convention, State Convention Monday CDE’s and Monday Fun Night. Throughout her career, Mrs. Schwartz has exceeded her position to serve and meet the needs of the Indiana FFA A middle school agriculture education teacher at Lebanon High School, Mrs. Stacey Hartley has played a vital role in the development and success of both the middle school and high school FFA chapters. Increasing the pipeline of incoming teachers, Mrs. Hartley has influenced numerous students to pursue a degree in agriculture education. She was named IAAE’s District IV Teacher of the Year and Lebanon’s School Corporation’s Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Sauerheber has served as the agriculture teacher at North Harrison High School for the last 18 years. and has a played a vital role in impacting the success of both the high school and Junior High FFA chapters. He has had sixty of his students receive their Hoosier Degree. Mr. Sauerheber has held the positions of President of the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators and as Vice President of National Association of Agricultural Educators as well as the position of Regional Secretary of the NAAE. He is also a past member of the Indiana Foundation Board and Indiana FFA Board of Trustees member. He has made a difference in countless students’ lives on both the chapter and state level through his passion and dedication to taking time to always encourage others and work hard.

Mr. Kraig Bowers was an agriculture educator for 11 years. Mr. Bowers is now at Purdue University working to earn his doctorate degree in Agricultural Education. Mr. Bowers dedicated his time to establish a two-year veterinary class to the local schools where, after completing the two years, they will graduate with a Veterinary Assistants License. By starting this program, more students have become interested and invested in new opportunities. Mr. Bowers is also responsible for the creation and development of the National Agricultural Education Discussion Lab. This platform is used by agriculture educators all across the nation to discuss various topics pertaining to their field and classroom curriculum.

Mrs. Nancy Bell has been teaching for 17 years and is currently the Agriculture Educator at North Montgomery High School. Mrs. Bell has not only had a significant impact on her students at school, but also her community, students across the state, as well as communities in different parts of the world. She has a heart for service and the community service projects she has brought to North Montgomery have impacted so many lives. Some of the projects she has headed includes Kids Against Hunger, Riley Children’s Hospital Blankets, Montgomery County Backpack Program and Holiday Shopping for local families in need. She has certainly taught her students the importance of community service and helping others in need

Mr. Roger Carr has served as an agricultural educator and FFA advisor for last 34 years in Illinois, at Whitko High School and Clinton Central High School, where he has always sought to go above and beyond for his students and the Indiana FFA. for past 34 years he has coached 81 State winning Championship CDE’s/LDE’s teams at the State Level of those 81, 25 were State Meats Championship teams and 17 State Champion Livestock Judging teams. Throughout his career, Mr. Carr has been an active member of the Indiana FFA Board of Trustees, created and developed the Agricultural Education CDE, has managed the Stockman Livestock Judging Contest and has served as the superintendent for the Agricultural Business CDE. Mr. Carr has also been an active member of the Indiana Association of Agricultural Educators throughout his entire career and has served as the President. Because of Mr. Carr’s hard work and dedication to agricultural education and FFA he was named an Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for the State of Indiana in 2017, and in 2015 received the Honorary Chapter Degree from the National FFA Organization. Mr. Carr has truly devoted his life to service and developing students. He always searches for ways to benefit those around him and to create opportunities for others to grow.

The Honorary Degree is to recognize teachers who have created high-quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success and individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education, or FFA. The Distinguished Service Award recognize those who have gone above and beyond for agriculture education and FFA on all levels, who have previously been awarded the Honorary Degree.

Tuttle Honored with Outstanding Service Award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 19, 2018) – Throughout the years many people have stood out within Indiana FFA’s rich history. These individuals have done great work for our Foundation. The Outstanding Service Award is one of our most prestigious awards that can be given, and it is given to someone who has shown extreme hard work and dedication to Indiana FFA. This years’ recipient was Mr. Tyler Tuttle of Greenwood, Indiana.  Tyler served on the Indiana FFA Foundation Board from 2011 to 2017, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Indiana FFA Foundation in 2015 to 2017. Tuttle is a former member of the Angola FFA Chapter in District III and served as Indiana FFA Association State Northern Region Vice President in 1987-88. He is a recipient of the Hoosier Farmer Degree and American FFA Degree. Tyler was instrumental in helping develop the Indiana FFA Foundation’s 5-year strategic plan; a plan that has brought a great deal of focus and execution to the board.  He also was responsible for bringing new sponsors to the table like Helena and Ceres Solutions.  During his 3 year term as Chair the Foundation he oversaw raising over $3 million dollars that helped contribute to paying off the leadership center, Starting a “rainy day” fund, and increased the Give Hope Annuity just to name a few.

Tyler graduated from Purdue University and is an effective FFA and agriculture education champion.  He currently serves as Strategic Account Executive working with Crop Production Services for North America for FMC. Tyler who is a 27-year veteran with FMC continues to share his passion for the agriculture industry by assisting customers with their business needs.  He and his wife Linda and daughter Jana are active in the Johnson County area and have been great supporters of Indiana FFA.

Living To Serve

On Tuesday, June 19, FFA members made tie blankets as a part of the Indiana State Convention community service projects. Members spent many hours and worked hard to cut, tie, and sew the blankets to provide warmth and comfort to those in need.

When asked the question “Why did you participate?” Jayden Brown, 16, from the Rossville FFA Chapter answered “Because I wanted to give back to the community that made me who I am today and it humbles me knowing that I helped people in need.” Kali Schurmeir, 15, from the Tecumseh FFA Chapter answered with “To make memories with other members in FFA and to have fun”

Members who volunteered were also asked “What did this experience teach you?” Chloe Thomas, 15, from the Clinton Prairie FFA Chapter said “Leadership skills and that giving back can be very rewarding.” Not only are members competing at state convention, they are also learning valuable skills and life lessons to incorporate into their daily life.


Another awesome opportunity members were given on Tuesday was Food Finders. During the Food Finders community service project members had the opportunity to pack food for those in need.


Jobs ranged from stacking cans to sorting meat and boxing it. We would like to give Kroger, Ceres Solutions, and CHS Inc. a huge shout out for making this project possible. Here is what a few volunteers had to say about it:


Lillian Mcculloch

Chapter: Wallace

Job: working with the cans

Favorite part about this project: Being able to work with my chapter and meet new chapters.


Katie Tritle

Chapter: Owen Valley

Job: working with cans

Favorite part about this project: seeing how different chapters could work together to make an impact

Allen Bokodi

Chapter: North Judson

Job: Bagging cucumbers

Favorite part about this project: Meeting new people and helping others in need


Any FFA member from any chapter will tell you how important community service is to our organization. Being apart of FFA is living out our motto through events like this we are truly Living To Serve. Even during a fun time like convention these dedicated members put community and volunteer work first.

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Indiana FFA State Officer Team 2017-2018 Installed


Previously slated FFA Officer team elected into Indiana FFA State Office.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 22, 2017)The 2017-18 Indiana FFA State Officer slate was approved by majority vote Thursday afternoon as the 88th Indiana State FFA Convention at Purdue University came to a close. The seven individuals, previously slated by a committee of peers, were installed at the sixth, and final session, of this year’s convention.

The 2017-18 Indiana State FFA Officer Team

President: Claire Baney, Hamilton Southeastern FFA

Secretary: Emily Kilmer, Tri-County FFA

Northern Region Vice President: Owen Coon, North Montgomery FFA

Southern Region Vice President: Wyatt Law, Hoosier Hills FFA

Treasurer: Cole Pearson, Delphi FFA

Reporter: Natalie Taylor, Hope FFA

Sentinel: Grant Sanchez, Fairfield FFA

Officers begin their term on Thursday, June 22, 2017 and will conclude at the 89th Annual Indiana State FFA Convention to be held June 18-21, 2018 on Purdue’s Campus.

Indiana FFA Announces 2017-18 State Officer Slate

The individuals selected for state officer positions have been announced and await approval.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (June 21, 2017)The 2017-18 Indiana FFA State Officer slate was posted Wednesday evening following the conclusion of the fifth session of the 88th Indiana State FFA Convention at Purdue University. These seven individuals have been chosen by a committee of peers and will be voted for approval at the sixth session of the convention to take place on the morning of Thursday, June 22. If elected, these individuals will serve as officers for the Indiana FFA Organization in the coming year.

The slate is as follows:

 President: Claire Baney, Hamilton Southeastern FFA

Secretary: Emily Kilmer, Tri-County FFA

North Region Vice President: Owen Coon, North Montgomery FFA

South Region Vice President: Wyatt Law, Hoosier Hills FFA

Treasurer: Cole Pearson, Delphi FFA

Reporter: Natalie Taylor, Hope FFA

Sentinel: Grant Sanchez, Fairfield FFA


More information regarding the slate will be released following its approval.