Hinnah learns valuable skills on the family farm

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Lucas Hinnah, was one of five Marshall High School FFA members who earned the Missouri State FFA Degree this spring. After college he plans to return to his family's farm.

Editor's note: This is the first of several stories showcasing FFA members from Marshall, Malta Bend, Slater, Sweet Springs and Santa Fe high schools who will receive the State FFA Degree on Friday, April 15, at the Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia.

Lucas Hinnah, a senior at Marshall High School, first joined FFA as a freshman because he already knew students in the chapter and wanted to learn "more skills."

At the Missouri State FFA Convention this week he will become one of the select few Missouri members who receive the State FFA Degree each year. The honor is based on a member's Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), as well their FFA leadership activities and awards.

Hinnah, the son of Eugene and Vickie Hinnah, of rural Gilliam, has logged more than 1,500 hours this year on his SAE, which consists of working on his family's farm, helping to raise corn, soybeans and show pigs.

Through the experience, which included showing pigs at the county and state fair, as well as selling some of their pigs to other exhibitors, Hinnah said he learned how to "budget and how to make money."

As an FFA member for four years, he had a lot of favorite experiences, but listed traveling to the National FFA Convention and to the Washington Leadership Conference as two of his favorites.

FFA has helped him learn "how to communicate with other people," and he said he would definitely recommend that incoming high school students join the organization, "because it helps make you a better person."

"They can learn a lot of things and have a lot of opportunities in FFA," he added.

In FFA, Hinnah has won several local proficiency awards including Diversified Ag Production. He also has participated on several CDE (Career Development Event) teams including Farm Management, Soils and Forestry. He went to state as a member of the Soils team and will again be traveling to state with the Forestry team, which placed 6th at the Central District contest.

Besides being active in FFA, Hinnah also played JV basketball as a freshman and is a member of Slater Lutheran Church.

In his spare time, Hinnah enjoys hanging out on the farm, riding 4-wheelers and listening to music.

After graduating from MHS in May, he plans to go to State Fair Community College in Sedalia to major in Agriculture. After earning his degree, he plans to return to the family farm to work with his father.

Contact Marcia Gorrell at

mgorrell@marshallnews.com