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Alumnus Huddleston honored by National FFA Organization


Pictured with Wayne Huddleston (center) are North Carolina FFA officers (from left) Jacob Furr, Alex Dunnagan, Carrie Hoffner, Amanda Ross, Caroline Tart and Robert Layton.
Photo courtesy Joshua Starling

N.C. State University graduate Wayne Huddleston has received the Honorary American FFA Degree, given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Huddleston was nominated by the North Carolina FFA Foundation for his work and dedication to FFA members in North Carolina. He received this honor during an onstage presentation at the 82nd National FFA Convention, held Oct. 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Huddleston of Hickory is a 1985 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with a degree in biological and agricultural engineering in. He is employed by Duke Energy

The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural

education. The Honorary American FFA Degree recognizes those who have gone beyond the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Degree recipients receive a certificate and medal and their names are permanently recorded.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 507,763 student members – all preparing for leadership and

careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,439 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.