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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am

We admit it: We’re in an agricultural state of mind. We just finished our annual Lodi-area ag section, “Soil & Sun.” We’ve presented several profiles of area ag leaders and innovators in recent days.

But one story really stood out. It was a profile of Roy Yates, a Lodi High School student.

Yates is an absolute wunderkind of agriculture. Consider: He leases property on four ranches, oversees 105 head of cattle, makes business decisions and calculates the best time to market his cattle.

This young man makes Ben Cartwright look like a slacker.

The uber-rancher was recently named California’s Star Farmer for 2013 at the state FFA conference.

A young star, without doubt. And we can’t help but think there are likely some very caring and solid parents behind this success. (We suspect the same is true of the other FFA stalwarts mentioned in our recent FAA-related stories by staff writers Jennifer Bonnett and Ross Farrow.)

Among the older set we tend to hang with, it’s trendy to bemoan the younger generation as a bunch of Twittering, texting, Facebooking java-sippers. That’s an ancient generational habit, and a folly.

Each generation has those who coast, and those who excel.

So stand back, make way. A young force of nature named Roy Yates is stampeding toward the future.

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