2020 Graduate of the Suffield Regional Agriscience Center Receives National FFA Award

Brittani Burke received national recognition from the FFA for her work with livestock — like her friend Ace here— on her family’s farm. 

When The Big E was cancelled for 2020, due to COVID-19, the Eastern Regional FFA Star Awards event went virtual to recognize young agriculturalists. Brittani Burke, a recent graduate of the Suffield Regional Agriscience Center, was named 2020 Connecticut State Star Farmer by the FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America). She is currently taking online college classes in preparation for transferring to the University of Illinois to major in agricultural business and animal nutrition.

The American Star Farmer title is awarded to the FFA member that demonstrates the top production agriculture supervised agricultural experience in the nation. The member must demonstrate outstanding achievement, active FFA participation and an exemplary scholastic record

Britani’s project related to raising beef, sheep, and swine as a business enterprise. “I do embryo transfer work as well as raise, breed, show, and market my animals,” said Britani.  She submitted all data such as records of income, expenses, hours of labor, goals, outcomes, skills and efficiencies virtually.

Raising beef, sheep and swine for breeding and show stock purposes, as well as the retail meat market, is vital to Brittani’s fifth-generation family farm in Ellington and South Windsor. They raise Angus cattle, Yorkshire pigs and Suffolk sheep, as well as operating a garden center and farm stand.

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