CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 19, 2010ᾰDenise Lankford-Pingel, campus horticulturalist with the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, was named an Honorary State FFA Degree recipient at the 82nd Missouri FFA Convention.
As a student from 1977 until 1982, she assisted Dr. Charles Korns, professor emeritus of agriculture, with the floriculture and nursery landscape career development events, or contests, held on campus. Since 1997, she has taken care of all of the floriculture and most of the nursery landscape career development events held at Southeast Missouri State University.
The Missouri FFA Association recognizes Honorary State FFA Degree recipients each year at its annual state convention for their valuable efforts and contributions to the FFA organization and its members. Those eligible to receive the Honorary FFA Degree include farmers, school superintendents, principals, members of the board of education, chapter advisors, teachers, staff members in agricultural education, business professionals and others who are helping to advance agricultural education and the FFA while rendering outstanding service.
The Missouri FFA has 24,898 members representing 324 chapters. The FFA helps students develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.