The California Association of Future Farmers of America (FFA) is bestowing its highest honor on Butte College agriculture instructor Lyman Hagen.
Hagen is just one of three individuals who will receive a California State FFA Honorary Degree during the association’s 2010 Leadership Conference, April 17 -20 in Fresno.
“The Agricultural Education state staff, state FFA officers, FFA advisory committee, and individuals connected to agricultural education nominate people annually who they believe have been exemplary supporters and volunteers to the California FFA Association,” said Josiah Mayfield, Assistant State FFA advisor. “Lyman Hagen is being honored for his years of service to the California FFA Association and the Superior Region.”
Hagen, who has been an agriculture instructor at Butte College for nine years and currently serves as the chair for the agriculture department as well as chair for the campus-wide curriculum committee, has also spent nine years volunteering as an FFA project competition judge for the FFA North Valley Section, part of the FFA Superior Region. During the project competition, Hagen spends six days traveling from Arbuckle to Hamilton City to see and evaluate livestock projects along with handling record-keeping of 60 FFA students from 14 different high schools. He is also an active participant in organizing the annual FFA Awards Program banquet for the North Valley Section.
“I feel humbled and privileged to be recognized for something I love doing, something I am passionate about and something I would do anyway,” said Hagen.
Hagen has also been the recipient of the Oregon State FFA Honorary Degree for his service to the association in that state during his 20 year tenure as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor. Both Hagen and his wife are Honorary FFA American Degree holders and their son served as the National FFA Secretary in 1994-95.