Melanie Mainquist of Mora, Minnesota received the Honorary American FFA Degree during the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis on Oct. 29, 2021.
This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.
The Honorary American FFA Degree is an opportunity to recognize those who have gone beyond valuable daily contributions to make an extraordinary long-term difference in the lives of students, inspiring confidence in a new generation of agriculturists. Members of the National FFA Organization’s board of directors approved the nomination.
Mainquist served as a trustee of the Kansas FFA Foundation and has been a lifelong supporter of FFA since being a member of the Pike Valley FFA Chapter. She is also a champion for FFA within Purina Animal Nutrition, where she leads the Sales Solutions team for the company, which is owned by Land O’ Lakes.
A native of Courtland, Kansas she served as a Kansas State FFA officer and received her American Farmer Degree. She and her husband, Ray Ludowese, are supporters of the Mora FFA Chapter.