Botetourt student named Outstanding Young Agriculturalist

Davis Fenster of Botetourt County was named this year’s Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Outstanding Young Agriculturalist. He was recognized July 30 at the VFBF Young Farmers Summer Expo.

The Outstanding Young Agriculturalist award program is co-sponsored by the VFBF Young Farmers Committee and Women’s Committee and Farm Credit and recognizes high school juniors and seniors for academic, community and agribusiness achievement and presentations to a panel of judges.

Fenster is the son of Corbin and Amy White of Buchanan and has grown up on his family’s beef cattle farm. He also owns his own business, Little Wasprock Farm, through which he raises and sells poultry, beef and swine.

In addition to working on the farm and showing livestock and poultry through the Rockbridge County 4-H Stockmen’s Club, Fenster has been actively involved in the James River High School FFA chapter. He is a rising senior and a member of the school’s varsity football team and honor council. He also is a National Honor Society member.

After high school he plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a degree in poultry science.
Fenster will receive a $1,500 scholarship courtesy of Farm Credit and the VFBF Young Farmers and Women’s committees.

First runner-up was Keri Knott of Henry County, who will receive $500 courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co.

Other finalists were Michaela Andrews of Caroline County; Hannah Craun of Rockingham County; Abby Durheim of Stafford County; Ty McReynolds of Augusta County; Elizabeth Mullins of Dickenson County; Hannah Reed of Pulaski County; Tess Seibel of Botetourt County; Sarah Vest of Rockbridge County; and Justin Virts of Loudoun County.

Each will receive $250 courtesy of Farm Credit and the VFBF Young Farmers and Women’s committees.
With 128,000 members in 88 county Farm Bureaus, VFBF is Virginia’s largest farmers’ advocacy group. Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonpartisan, voluntary organization committed to supporting Virginia’s agriculture industry and preserving the Virginia way of life.

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