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Ripon High FFAs Matt Fields earns top state ag mechanics recognition
Matt Fields State Winner
Ripon FFA member Matt Fields was awarded top honors. - photo by Photo Contributed
RIPON - Demonstrating superior achievement in the development and application of agricultural mechanics, Ripon High FFA member Matt Fields was awarded the State Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Entrepreneurship and Placement Proficiency Award at the 82nd State FFA Leadership Conference in Fresno.

Fields now qualifies to compete at the national level.

“Winning a proficiency award is a special honor and a remarkable achievement. It takes very mature students to be able to fully invest themselves in these projects,” said Bob Heuvel, State FFA Advisor and California Department of Education, Agriculture and Home Economics unit manager.  

Matt Fields is a senior at Ripon High School. Apart from school, Matt contracts his services to C & G Farm to design and fabricate equipment. After high school, he plans to attend Modesto Junior College then transfer to a four-year university to major in Agriculture Business.

Two other Ripon High School students competing and placing second at the state level included Sam VanVuren and Kayleigh Luis.  Sam was recognized for his work in the area of Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement Proficiency.  Sam has worked with Alta Farms, Ioppini Farms, and Hofman Farms repairing and maintaining agricultural equipment and machinery used in the production of almonds and forage. Kayleigh Luis was recognized for her work in the area of Swine Production Placement Proficiency.  Kayleigh has worked for Triangle L Farms, which is owned by her grandfather, father and brother.  She has learned management practices available for the successful production and marketing of a swine operation.  

A special thanks goes out to the state and national sponsors; Ponderosa Telephone, Barton W. Shackelford, Hobart Welders, California Pork Producers Association, and Sunglo Feeds. Without these sponsors these students would not have been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.