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Jim Church receives honorary State FFA Degree

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Jim Church (center) is pictured with Grangeville High School FFA members and advisor Karie Mosman (far left).

Jim Church (center) is pictured with Grangeville High School FFA members and advisor Karie Mosman (far left).

— On April 7, community fixture Jim Church, who is an alumnus of the Fruitland FFA Chapter, past state vice president, former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, was awarded an honorary state degree; the highest honor the Idaho FFA Association can bestow.

Church became passionate about agriculture education as a member of the Fruitland FFA Chapter. After graduation, he served as a Idaho State FFA Vice President 1977-1978. Jim studied Agricultural and Extension Education at the University of Idaho. Upon graduation, he taught for one year at Castleford High School, then took a job as the Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent, where he provides educational programs for livestock producers across the 10 counties of the northern Idaho Panhandle. He specializes in beef cattle production, marketing, and management.

Church has more than 30 years of experience as an extension educator for both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. He was also a contributing team member of the Keeping the Legacy Alive project for the National Farm Business Management Conference, which provides estate and succession planning resources to farmers and ranchers. Church volunteers his time to participate on committees for both agriculture and education organizations, including Leadership Idaho Agriculture. He has also been interviewed and quoted in nationwide agricultural publications.

Church advocates for all agriculture education, but especially FFA at both the local and state levels. He continually shines light on both FFA and 4-H and encourages membership and participation whenever possible. He also hosts special workshops and educational events for local 4-H and FFA members and advisors. Church has served as a judge at county fairs across the state and Pacific Northwest, where he always makes sure to give valuable, individualized attention to each exhibitor. Thank you, Jim, for all you do to support the agriculture community and agriculture education!

—Grangeville FFA Chapter


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