Carter Swanberg of Appomattox County High School was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by the Monsanto Company.
Swanberg, the son of Bobby and Ann Swanberg of Appomattox, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership, and agricultural work experience. Swanberg’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included winning the Virginia FFA Agricultural Mechanics Contest, participating in the State FFA Farm Business Management, Small Engine Troubleshooting, Crops Judging, and Avian Bowl Career Development Events, earning his State FFA Degree, serving as the chapter FFA president, and many more. Ed McCann, Elizabeth Duncan, and Cassie Long are Swanberg’s FFA advisors at Appomattox County High School.
This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 74th anniversary. Over these 75 years, more than 174,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school’s highest agricultural honor.
As the winner of the 2023 Award, Swanberg’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Appomattox County High School. Monsanto, a long-time supporter of agricultural education, FFA, 4-H, and other farm youth organizations and initiatives, has sponsored the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, named for its brand of seed, since 1998. Monsanto is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.