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A Christian County man is bringing home one of the highest honors in FFA.


21-year old Ben Curtin, of Taylorville, was named the 2018 Star in Agribusiness winner at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.   Curtin was selected due to the success of his business, Curtin's Creations, which he started as a project as a member of the Taylorville FFA chapter. Curtin says the business came about from his experience working on the family farm.



The business has been so successful, that Curtin has kept it up while attending college at Purdue.  He says technology has made it possible...



Curtin credits the FFA experience with building his business acumen, and says his FFA advisors were very influential.



Following graduation from Purdue, Curtin has taken a full time position at GSI in Assumption, but plans to continue to operate Curtin's Creations.  


Curtin was also the FFA Star in Agribusiness Award winner for the state of Illinois in 2015.  His parents are Susan and Steve Curtin. His FFA advisors at Taylorville High School are Sue Schafer (SHAY-fer) , Katie King and Elise Hackett.


Ben Curtin joins esteemed company.  Only sixteen American Star Award finalists from throughout the U.S. were nominated by a panel of judges who then interviewed the finalists during the national convention and expo. Four were named winners and received cash awards totaling $4,000. All American Star finalists received a $2,000 cash award.

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