Riley Hoyle, Taylor FFA Chapter president, was recently named the State FFA Star Farmer for 2020.
Awards were presented through the virtual State FFA Convention.
The Arkansas Star Farmer is awarded to the FFA member that demonstrates the top production agriculture supervised agricultural experience in the state. The member must also demonstrate outstanding achievement, active FFA participation and an exemplary scholastic record.
Hoyle was also named the winner of the state diversified livestock proficiency and will represent Arkansas at the National FFA Convention in the fall.
Hoyle is a senior at Taylor High School and is the daughter of Scott and Christy Hoyle.
Her supervised agricultural experience program included market lamb, market goat, market hog and commercial cattle production. She has served as a chapter officer and National delegate for Arkansas FFA. She was heavily involved in leadership events such as public speaking, agricultural issues discussion meet and parliamentary procedure. She was also a member of the Taylor FFA Vet Science CDE team and participated in the State and National FFA Agri-science Fairs.
Hoyle has been raising and exhibiting livestock all over the U. S. for several years. She has had success on the local, state and national level. This past year she was named the top senior sheep showman at the Arkansas State Fair, Arizona National Livestock Show and the National Western Livestock Show.
Hoyle will graduate with a 4.0 GPA from Taylor High School in July as co-valedictorian. She has been awarded the Texas Tech University Presidential Scholarship and the Texas Tech Agricultural and Natural Resources Departmental Scholarship. Hoyle plans to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock and major in agricultural communications.