Nampa Student, Teacher Recognized by State FFA

Skyview Student Elected State FFA VP

Headshot of Katie Hebdon in her blue FFA jacketSkyview High School senior Katie Hebdon has been elected as the 2021-22 Idaho State FFA vice president.

Katie has always been immersed in agriculture and natural resources. Her parents are biologists who love the outdoors and have historical roots in farming and dairy production. Katie is passionate about agriculture; whether informing friends and family about her SAE projects or helping neighbors work cattle. She loves everything the industry has to offer, and this passion has provided her with some unique opportunities since joining the Nampa FFA chapter during her freshman year.

Katie started a honey production business where she manages beehives, mentors other beekeepers, and does swarm collection around the Treasure Valley. Recently, she has expanded into apiary research with the College of Western Idaho. This research will test honey samples from around the state of Idaho to demonstrate how location affects overall honey composition. She hopes to continue this research as an undergraduate research project at the University of Idaho this fall.

Katie has served two years as the Nampa FFA chapter president and had the privilege of serving as the Boise Valley District Secretary in 2019. She has competed in numerous CDE and LDE events, but her favorites are Veterinary Science, Agriculture Sales, and Prepared Public Speaking. She also is active in her school and community. She has played first violin in the chamber orchestra since her freshman year, fiddled with the Idaho Junior Jammers since she was five, is a member of National Honor Society, and played volleyball for her high school.

When she isn’t working on school, she can be found working her goats, practicing her violin, and assisting in community service events. Katie will be pursuing a degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in Animal Science this fall at the University of Idaho, and hopes to work in the dairy industry conducting agricultural sales.


Tami Frank Receives Honorary State FFA Degree

Head shot of Tami FrankThe Idaho FFA Association presented an honorary State FFA Degree to Tami Frank, an agricultural educator at Idaho Center for Advanced Technology (ICAT) and an FFA Advisor for the Nampa Chapter.

Frank has been involved in Idaho agriculture for her entire life. As a native of Kuna, she was raised on a dairy farm. After earning her bachelor of science degree, she was a milker at Dirksen Dairy in Meridian for 14 years. She was a dairy inspector with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and wrote nutrient management plans for Idaho dairies before moving on to work for Cargill and then becoming an industry-certified ag teacher in 2013.

Frank has been active in FFA for more than 15 years, judging proficiency awards and national chapter awards at the local, state and national levels. As a teacher, she has had two national teams and has helped expand the ICAT program to include Dairy and Food Science courses.