FFA Honors West Virginia State FFA Advisor

Dr. Larry Watson receives a special VIP citation

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Dr. Larry Watson of Mannington, W.Va., to receive a special VIP citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The honor is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs.

Watson was honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Watson first contributed to agricultural education and FFA through the development of the first four-year, comprehensive pre-veterinary program in the U.S. in 1994. Today, the program has evolved and teaches students the principles of advanced animal anatomy, hematology, microbiology, parasitology, DNA extraction, electrophoresis and urinalysis. The program is recognized as one of the top four agriscience programs in the nation.

Watson has served as secretary, vice president and president of the West Virginia Association of Agricultural Educators and has served on the state’s Agricultural Task Force to help raise more than $1.3 million to sponsor FFA supervised agricultural experiences in West Virginia.

“The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of student success through their hard work and cooperation,” said National FFA Organization CEO Dwight Armstrong. Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn build strong families, communities and industries.”

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members – all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture – as part of 7,489 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 84th National FFA Convention is held Oct. 19-22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will draw 50,000-plus FFA members, advisors and guests from across the country. 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. Visit www.ffa.org for more information and follow us on Facebook, and Twitter and FFA Nation.