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Ladner given Ag Ambassador Award by Farm Bureau

Monte Ladner of Carthage has been named the winner of Farm Bureau’s Ag Ambassador Award for 2008 at the organization’s annual meeting on December 7.

Mr. Ladner started as an ag teacher at Carthage High School in 1970 and was later named the Vocational Director. He presently serves as the Superintendent of Education for the Leake County School District.

Mr. Ladner has spent many years working with young people through the FFA. He has also worked tirelessly with the Leake County Farm Bureau on many projects including the annual Farm Safety Day where fifth-graders from across the county come to learn about being safe on the farm.

“I think it’s extremely important to work with young people and help them get started,” said Ladner. “The best way we can do that is for those with experience to come back and talk with them and help them.”

Farm Bureau President David Waide said that Ladner has made an indelible impression on the youth of Mississippi. “Without people like Monte Ladner, young people might not understand the importance of agriculture in their daily lives,” Waide said.

The Ag Ambassador Award was created to recognize individuals who have gone beyond their normal range of activities in promoting Mississippi agriculture. It’s not presented every year – only when Farm Bureau feels that it has been earned.


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