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Thomas Named National Proficiency Winner

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Andrea Thomas, 16, of the Colusa FFA Chapter, in California, was named the national winner of the Diversified Agricultural Production ‚Äď Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program at the 87th National FFA Convention.

Although her passion is hog farming, Andrea Thomas of the Colusa FFA Chapter in California wanted the opportunity to drive her father’s Freightliner hay retriever truck.

As a sixth-generation cattleman, her SAE now spans a commercial cow/calf operation, breeding and market swine operation, and wheat, grass, oat, and alfalfa hay production.

Thomas began her swine breeding program in 2007 and started selling pigs to other youth before branching outside the community to seek buyers.

After pursuing a degree in agricultural education, Thomas hopes to work as an agricultural teacher and farm with her father.

She is supported by parents Darrin and Heather Thomas, who is also her FFA advisor, along with Tim Crabtree.

Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Diversified Agricultural Production ‚Äď Entrepreneurship/Placement is one of the 49 FFA proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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