National FFA honors Oklahoma Agriculture Supporter

Ron Hays will receive a special VIP citation

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected Ron Hays of Oklahoma City, Okla., to receive a special VIP Citation for making significant contributions to agricultural education. The VIP Citation is one of the most prestigious awards a person may receive for supporting FFA and its programs. Hays will be honored during an onstage presentation at the 84th National FFA Convention, held Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis.

Hays has enjoyed a career in farm broadcasting for five decades, spending almost all of his career in Oklahoma. In 1977 he was named Farm Director of Oklahoma Agrinet, where he served as an advocate for FFA and agriculture for 30 years. In 2006, Hays accepted a new challenge, becoming director of farm programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network. Hays is involved with the production of the Oklahoma FFA Convention each year, in addition to attending national convention to report on the accomplishments of Oklahoma FFA members and chapters. Hays has been recognized by his peers as National Farm Broadcaster of the Year and is a member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was honored with the Oklahoma FFA VIP award, and he has received both state and American Honorary FFA degrees.

The VIP Citation recognizes the dedicated individuals who contribute to the FFA mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through their hard work and cooperation. 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.