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October 22, 2010   Email to Friend 

Darryal Ray
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October 22, 2010

Rep. Richard Lindsey receives the Honorary American FFA Degree from Alexandria Henry, vice-president of the FFA's Eastern Region.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama State Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre was presented an Honorary American FFA Degree today at the National FFA Organization's 83rd annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The convention, whose theme this year is "Infinite Potential," opened Oct. 20 and concludes Saturday.

"This is truly an honor for me," said Lindsey, who has been endorsed by the Alabama Farmers Federation in his re-election bid as state representative for House District 39. "As one who treasures agriculture and those Alabamians who make farming their livelihood, to be honored by this young group of men and women is very humbling. The familiar blue corduroy jackets worn by FFA members is a mark of greatness in character and leadership in both their personal lives and their careers."

Honorary American Degrees are awarded to teachers, superintendents, partners and others to recognize their support of agriscience education programs and the National FFA Organization. The National FFA Board of Directors must approve nominations for the Honorary American FFA Degree.

The national FFA gathering drew more than 53,000 members, advisors and supporters to participate in competitions, workshops, convention sessions and other activities.

Also attending from the Alabama Farmers Federation were Executive Director Paul Pinyan and Young Farmers Director Brandon Moore.

Lindsey, who attended the national conference last year when Federation President Jerry Newby was presented the same award, was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 1983 and has served as chairman of the powerful Education Finance and Appropriations Committee since 2001.

Lindsey is manager of Lindsey Brothers Inc., and an official or member of the board of directors of several different organizations. He is a member of the advisory board of First Southern Bank, President of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association, President of Howells Cemetery Association, member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of the Cherokee County Farmers Federation and the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association.

Lindsey is a former member of the Alabama Cotton Commission and the board of the Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall Child Care Corporation. He also served as a member of the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee from 2000-2006.

Lindsey has received numerous awards during his legislative service, including Legislator of the Year from the Alabama Rural Electric Cooperatives, State Representative of the Year from the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts and the Lifetime Legislative Leadership Award for his work on behalf of Alabama's school children from the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.

Lindsay and his wife, Johna, are the parents of two children, Rich and Anna, and are members of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Also during the National FFA Convention, four members of the Alabama FFA received American FFA Degrees, the highest honor that the National FFA Organization offers to its members. This degree is bestowed upon individuals who meet certain criteria that substantiate their growth as productive members of society.

The Alabama recipients and their respective FFA chapters were: James Paul Bailey and Dexter B. Vines, both of the Sand Rock FFA; William Brandon Smith of the Slocomb FFA; and Cory Terry of the Lawrence County FFA.

Alabama had several state-winning Career Development Event (CDE) Teams representing Alabama in national competition. The Douglas FFA team, bolstered by a gold emblem from Kyle Kubik, a silver emblem from Josh Williams and bronze emblems by Zack Scott and Caleb Weeks, took the silver in agricultural mechanics.

The Holly Pond FFA took a silver in livestock evaluation, largely behind silver medalists Shayne Pinyan, Payden Smith and Brooke Roberts. The Pell City FFA took a bronze in horse evaluation, thanks to a gold from Kasey Blore and bronzes from Benjamin Grogan, Heather Howell and Cody Parks.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 520,284 student members (and counting) -- all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture -- as part of 7,429 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.

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