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John Scarlett - 2019 FFA Tennessee Star Farmer
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
John Ryan Scarlett receives the Star Farmer Award as JCHS FFA teacher Adam Martin (right) looks on. The presentation was made at the state FFA Convention in Gatlinburg
John Ryan Scarlett receives the Star Farmer Award as JCHS FFA teacher Adam Martin (right) looks on. The presentation was made at the state FFA Convention in Gatlinburg

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Jefferson County High FFA President John Ryan Scarlett repeated history when he recently received the 2019 FFA Tennessee Star Farmer Award. His father, John Neal Scarlett, received the same award 36 years ago.

The JCHS senior has been active in FFA for his four years of high school, recording all projects, improvements, and costs for the family farm, Scarlett’s Dairy in New Market.

“He has helped improve the overall operation, not only through his physical labor, but also through his help in planning and logistics throughout the operation,” said his teacher and mentor Jim Satterfield.

The application process for the FFA Tennessee Star Farmer Award was grueling. Scarlett had to keep detailed records of all he has done in FFA and his “supervised agricultural experience.” He had guidance from the experienced Satterfield.

“I have visited John Ryan many times at the farm. I must say that it is a very impressive operation, of which he has become an integral part. His knowledge … that encompasses several hundred acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat is very impressive,” comments Satterfield.

Aside from Scarlett’s hard work on the farm, he has duties as the Jefferson County FFA President, the East Tennessee Regional FFA Vice President, and the state level treasurer.

He went through five state-level competitions to win the East Tennessee Regional Star Farmer award. He still had to compete against the regional award winners from Middle and West Tennessee. At the March FFA convention in Gatlinburg, he found out that he was the 2019 FFA Tennessee Star Farmer.

The award money goes towards his “supervised agricultural experience.”

“As a freshman, I just knew about our farm,” admits Scarlett. “Being active in FFA has opened my eyes to all things available that are linked to agriculture.”

FFA has numerous scholarship offerings. Scarlett is planning to attend UT Knoxville or UT Martin where he will major in Agricultural Business or Ag Communications.

Because of his award, the family farm will be featured on RFD-TV, the paid channel devoted to rural interests.

 

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