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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Gilbert wins first place award

  • Annie Jo Gilbert of the Choctaw FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in the Oklahoma FFA Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award .
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  • Annie Jo Gilbert of the Choctaw FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in the Oklahoma FFA Beef Production Placement Proficiency Award area during the 87th Oklahoma FFA Convention recently.
     
    Gilbert said her dream of becoming an agricultural education teacher and cattle rancher becomes more attainable by working on the family cattle operation. She started checking cows with her father, Randy Gilbert as a little girl.
     
    As she has matured, she has taken on more responsibility, she said. Her duties on the farm include managing the farm Facebook page, performing artificial insemination work, and maintaining herd health.
     
    “Through my beef placement opportunities, the reality of eventually owning my cattle herd is all the motivation that I need to pursue my dreams,” Gilbert said.
     
    Gilbert said she wanted to improve her knowledge of beef production and to save money for college. Nutrition, health, reproduction, and marketing are among the things she said she wanted to learn more about.
     
    The beef production placement proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to using effective management to produce and market beef.
     
    The 19-year-old Choctaw FFA member is the daughter of Randy and Suzanne Gilbert. Her agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser is Charlie O’Donnell.
    This award is sponsored at the state level by The Noble Foundation and Grissoms LLC.
     
    The national sponsor is Midwest Precision Molasses Supplements.
     
     

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