Charles Wilfong II of Dunmore made history at the State FFA Convention by being the first third-generation Star Farmer in the state. He was selected from the group of FFA members who will receive their American Farmer Degrees at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October.
Wilfong's father, Charles, received the award in 1977, and his grandfather, Albert, in 1947.
The Star Farmer Award is presented to the FFA member who has the best production agriculture enterprises in the state. Wilfong has grown his FFA farming enterprises during his FFA years to currently include 64 beef brood cows, two bulls, 108 yearling steers, two show steers, two hogs, 220 sheep, 60 acres of hay, 20 acres of corn and 10 acres of oats. He has purchased various pieces of farm equipment with money he has generated from his enterprises.
Charles Wilfong II displays the plaque he was presented for winning the Star Farmer of West Virginia Award at the State FFA Convention at Cedar Lakes.
Wilfong has previously won State Proficiency Awards for his livestock production, beef production and sheep production. He won the state farm record book contest for three consecutive years. He also won awards in the tractor driving contests and has had several grand champion exhibits of hay, corn and agricultural mechanics at the West Virginia State Fair over the years.
Wilfong is involved in other organizations as well. He is currently vice president of the Pocahontas County Farm Bureau, a member of the State Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and serves on the board of directors for the West Virginia Beef Industry Council.
Wilfong is a 2009 graduate of Pocahontas County High School and has been farming full-time since then. His future plans include becoming a partner in the 5,000-acre family farming operation.
Wilfong is the son of Charles and Linda Wilfong of Dunmore.