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Charlcey Vinyard of Altus Wins 2009 State Star in Ag Placement

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:43:13 CDT

Charlcey Vinyard of Altus Wins 2009 State Star in Ag Placement A long family history of farming and producing livestock have instilled a passion for agriculture in Altus FFA member Charlcey Vinyard. Her success and enthusiasm for agriculture have earned her one of Oklahoma FFA's highest honors: the 2009 State Star in Agricultural Placement.
Vinyard's Supervised Agricultural Experience program was rated the best in agricultural placement among the 684 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 83rd annual State FFA Convention on April 29. In addition to this honor, Vinyard received the Governor's Trophy and a $2,000 cash award sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Vinyard works on her family's farm, Vinyard Brothers Farms. She assists the operation by helping with the irrigation system, marketing cotton and controlling sheep and beef production.
"My main thing is fiber crop placement," Vinyard said. "I work alongside my dad in the cotton fields. That is just something I am really passionate about. I'm happy to carry on the fourth generation of our cotton farm, and it's just really exciting that I've come to this point."
After graduation, Vinyard said she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and pursue a degree in biochemistry.
"Upon completion of my bachelor's degree, I want to go to medical school and become a doctor," Vinyard said. "Then I would like to return home to practice medicine and farm with my family."
Vinyard said she attributes much of her current success to agriculture and Oklahoma FFA.
"As my FFA career draws to a close, I realize that this experience has provided me with the skills necessary to succeed in life," Vinyard said. "Where my story ends is anyone's guess; however, I know a few things for certain. My love for agriculture has always been in my past, is now in my present and will be a part of my future."
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