Williamsport, OH – Austin Wippel, 19 year-old son of Jay and Marci Wippel of Orient was recently named Star Farmer of Ohio. The result was announced at the Ohio FFA State Convention held in Columbus, Ohio. The Star Farmer Award program is a competitive award that recognizes the top FFA member in the state from over 700 state degree award applicants.
Wippel’s supervised agricultural experience (SAE) included 375 acres of straw with 16,000 square bales produced for sale. His equipment inventory includes a tractor, baler, automatic stack wagon, a bale grapple, and a truck and trailer. He began his enterprise in 2008 when he borrowed a friend’s baler to bale 20 acres of straw. In addition, he has 15 acres of hay that he bales and raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 70 acres. He harvested 1539 bushels of soybeans in 2011 that he marketed at $15.50 per bushel. He also marketed 1035 bushels of corn and 1500 bushels of wheat in 2012.
An honor student taking many college prep classes, he maintains a 3.4 GPA and is currently serving as the Westfall FFA Chapter’s sentinel. Wippel plans to attend the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster and major in crop production after graduation. His advisors are Mr. Rick Metzger and Mrs. Rachel Scior.
The Westfall FFA Chapter is a satellite program of the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center.
Picture caption: Austin Wippel