(OMAHA, Neb.) Russ Green, President of CLAAS of America Inc. received the Honorary American FFA Degree at the 82nd National FFA Convention held October 21-24, 2009 in Indianapolis, IN. The award is presented to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment.

Nominated by the FFA Board of Directors, Green received the Honorary American FFA Degree being recognized for the valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. “This is an esteemed honor to receive this degree and to work with students who are undoubtedly creative and inspiring individuals who will bring great qualities and progressive thinking to the agricultural industry,” Green stated. 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 success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well being of the nation.

Sponsored by CLAAS of America Inc., the honor of the Proficiency Award for Forage Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement is one of 47 FFA categories offered at local, state and national levels. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as

agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. This year, the national award went to Andy J. Feucht, 18 of the Mayville, WI FFA Chapter. Andy’s hands on experience started out small, helping his dad with small chores on the family’s dairy farm. Today, the Mayville FFA member has complete control over the forage operation on that same farm where he works with his father and older brother. He manages the tillage, planting and harvesting procedures for his alfalfa crop and closely monitors protein, moisture and more to ensure the family’s herd of dairy cows consumes only the highest quality hay. In addition to these responsibilities, Andy also runs a custom baling service, which he offers to other producers in the area.

Supported and encouraged by his parents, Norbert and Louise Feucht, and his FFA Advisor, Cal Geiger, CLAAS is proud to be a sponsor of this special FFA project of proficiency and of Andy’s accomplishments.