KEYSER - Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who have made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE's) and shown dedication to the FFA through their desire to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

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KEYSER - Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who have made significant accomplishments in their supervised agricultural experiences (SAE’s) and shown dedication to the FFA through their desire to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Naomi Bane the daughter of Joe and Peggy Bane, and Andrew Iser, the son of Eric and Dana Iser, of the Mineral County FFA chapter were among the select group of students from across the country receiving this degree at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.
The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon less than 1 percent of the membership for outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs.
To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agricultural enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement.
Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at the national convention.
To qualify for this degree FFA members through their agricultural education class began a supervised agricultural experience program in their high school years.  
Naomi is a member of the Mineral County FFA Chapter, where her advisors have been Charlie Bennett, Julie Sions, Carol Webb, John Ritchie, and Brent Ebert.
Naomi was a 2017 graduate of Keyser High School and the Mineral County Technical Center in agribusiness and animal science systems. She is currently attending Potomac State College as a biology major and is involved in the operation and management of Bane Farms.
For her supervised agriculture experience program, Naomi was employed at Bane Farms, a cattle and forage crop operation in Keyser. Naomi furthermore developed her own cow calf operation of registered Angus and crossbred cattle. In addition, Naomi exhibited market steers and heifers at the Mineral County and West Virginia State Fair during her five years in FFA.
Naomi was also active in showing at the Mineral County FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Auction and Stockman’s teams all of her high school FFA career.
    Naomi served as an assistant FFA officer of the Mineral County FFA. She excelled in numerous Career Development Events on the local, state, and National levels where she was the second place individual in the West Virginia Veterinary Science CDE and a member of the first place West Virginia Veterinary Science Team in 2016. She was a member of the first place National Livestock Quiz Bowl Team at The National Livestock Roundup held in Denver, Colorado. Naomi is enrolled as a biology major at Potomac State College and plans to continue her involvement in the management and operation of Bane Farms.
Andrew is a member of the Mineral County FFA Chapter where his advisors have been Charlie Bennett, Julie Sions, Carol Webb, John Ritchie, and Brent Ebert.
Andrew was a 2017 graduate of Keyser High School and the Mineral County Technical Center in animal and plant science systems. He is currently employed by Tractor Supply in Keyser and is planning on pursing a degree in agribusiness at Potomac State College.
His supervised agriculture experience program consisted of his employment at Tractor Supply and production livestock Enterprises. In addition to his employment, Andrew exhibited market steers, heifers, market goats, market lambs and market hogs at the Mineral County Fair.  Andrew also was involved in the Ham Bacon and Egg Auction all four of his high school years.
    Andrew served as treasurer of the Mineral County FFA officer team. He excelled in numerous Career Development Events on the local, state, and national levels, where he was of the first place West Virginia Veterinary Science Team in 2016 and the first place Meats Evaluation and Food Science and Stockman’s Team. He was also a member of the first place National Livestock Quiz Bowl Team at The Western National Livestock Roundup held in Denver, Colorado.
Andrew is currently enrolled at Potomac State College pursing a degree in ag business and plans to continue to be involved in the home farm operation.