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Jan. 30, 2004


UW-RF Student Receives FFA's Highest U.S. Award

A UW-River Falls student received the FFA's highest U.S. honor at the 2003 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.

Senior Erik Blaser, a dairy science and agricultural education major from Gillett, was named the FFA's Star Over America in the area of agriculture placement.

This award is given to a member with outstanding achievement in a supervised agricultural experience placement program and who has actively participated in FFA and the community. Only a handful are honored each year.

Blaser has logged more than 10,000 hours of career placement work since he began keeping FFA records four years ago. As an assistant herdsman, he is responsible for feeding, fieldwork, dairy herd health and record keeping.

In the past 75 years, only 115 persons out of a possible four million have received this prestigious award. Blaser is the seventh Wisconsin FFA member to earn a national Star award.

Each of the four award finalists received $1,000 from the National FFA Foundation and the chance to participate in an international experience tour to Costa Rica.Blaser received an additional $1,000 award as the winner.

Blaser has been an active FFA member and received many other awards. He served as the chairman of the National FFA Convention Committee in 2001. He was the 2001 National Winner of the Dairy Production Placement Award and the runner-up for the Star in Agribusiness in 2000.

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