VIP Citations Presented at 70th National FFA Convention

Tennessee Technological University adjunct agriculture professor Edwin Lamberth received one of only 13 VIP Citations awarded nationwide by the National FFA Organization at its recent convention.

The citations are awarded to individuals who have provided exemplary service to the National FFA Organization and who have shown outstanding efforts in supporting and providing service to FFA and agricultural education.

Since 1958, Lamberth has served on various committees and in many agricultural organizations. He has coordinated workshops in horticulture, forestry, floriculture, and agriculture health and safety. Lamberth has coordinated district and regional career development events in nursery landscaping, deer and livestock evaluation and leadership development and parliamentary procedure.

He has also served as secretary and member of the State Staff for Agricultural Education and helped to coordinate the national career development events in nursery and landscape and floriculture. Lamberth's other activities include assisting in the coordination of state FFA career development in agriculture mechanics and dairy and livestock evaluation. He has also served as adviser to the Collegiate FFA Chapter at Tennessee Tech and has taught agriculture classes at the University since 1979.

Lamberth will received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Vo-Ag Teacher's Association in December. He has also served the community as an elder of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Betty, live in Cookeville and have a daughter and a granddaughter.

FFA is a national organization of nearly 450,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. The organization has more than 7,200 local chapters located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Photo cutline -- Edwin Lamberth, recipient of the National FFA Organization's VIP Citations presented during the 70th National FFA Convention Nov. 13-15. (Photo to be delivered.)