National Agricultural Proficiency Winners Announced Winners in the National Agricultural Proficiency Awards Pageant were announced on Friday, Oct. 21, at the National FFA Convention. Awards were give in 47 categories.
2011 Agricultural Communications —Entrepreneurship/Placement
Chelsea Keiser’ supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project included experiences in public speaking and informing audiences about important agricultural issues. She developed skills collecting facts, writing and reporting on agriculture topics. One of Chelsea’s accomplishments was serving as afternoon farm news broadcaster at a local radio station. She is a member of the Versailles FFA Chapter, and her advisor is Dena Wuebker. This award is sponsored by BI, The Business Improvement Company and Keystone Steel & Wire Company – Red Brand.
2011 Agricultural Education—Entrepreneurship/Placement Camilla
"Cayce" Kaytlin McDonald—Tennessee
For Camilla "Cayce" Kaytlin McDonald, teaching youth about agriculture has always been an important part of her life. She has created interactive lesson plans and activities for elementary, middle school and high school students. Cayce has planned community events like petting zoos and agriculture days. She is a member of the Beech FFA Chapter, and her FFA advisor is Dale McDonald. This award is sponsored by James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation and Tulsa Welding School.
2011 Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Garrett Michael South—Georgia
Garrett Michael South’s family operates a trailer manufacturing company for cattle, horses and flat-bed trailers. Garrett works hard to be a valuable part of the business. He has developed skills in iron work, forklift operation and working with the band saw and shear. He is a member of the Franklin County FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Gary Minyard, Cale Watkins and Owen Thomason. This award is sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and RAM Trucks.
2011 Agricultural Mechanics Energy Systems—Entrepreneurship/Placement
James Porter learned agricultural mechanics skills working for his family’s business. He gained experience learning to perform routine maintenance on the machinery. James developed higher level skills and is now a welder for the operation and fills customer orders. James is a member of the Echols County FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Hank Majeski. This award is sponsored by The Lincoln Electric Company and New Holland.
2011 Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Entrepreneurship
Austin Potthast joined the Farm Heritage Museum and developed an interest in tractor restoration. He worked for the president of the museum and learned the restoration process. Today he owns Little Acres Tractor Restoration and has restored and painted 12 tractors. Austin is a member of the Greenville FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Stephen Zimmerman. This award is sponsored by Briggs and Stratton Corporation Foundation Inc.
2011 Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Placement
Dalton Lamar Black—Kansas
Dalton Lamar Black began his SAE installing lawn irrigation. After a few years, he started working for a hydraulics company. Dalton can repair a complete hydraulic system by himself, run diagnostic tests and troubleshoot the repairs. He works with a mechanic every day and continues to develop and increase his skills. Dalton is a member of the Buhler FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are John Clark and Justin Seuser. This award is sponsored by Hobart Welding Products and Tractor Supply Company.
2011 Agricultural Processing—Entrepreneurship/Placement
William Brewster of the Hanford FFA Chapter works with his father in a cheese processing company. The plant produces traditional style and specialty Portuguese cheese, as well as fruit baskets, jellies and snacks. William has been involved in mixing, cutting curds, pasteurizing, and molding cheeses. His FFA advisors are Sam Rodriguez, Brian Combes, Dennis Fuller, Jared Castle, Lilly Pimentel and Susan Moran. This award is sponsored by Archer Daniels Midland Company and CHS.
2011 Agricultural Sales—Entrepreneurship
Dustin Eugene Stanton—Missouri
As the owner of "Stanton Brothers", Dustin Eugene Stanton raises 7,000 laying hens. Dustin provides eggs to three local bakers, three nursing homes, restaurants, the University of Missouri dining halls and many other clients. Dustin has learned to budget and look for new ways to expand the business. He is a member of the Centralia FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Scott Stone and Lori Lewis. This award is sponsored by Crop Production and Monsanto.
2011 Agricultural Sales—Placement
Anders Lee Olson—Nebraska
For nearly half a century, Anders Lee Olson’s family has owned a farm machinery auction house. Each year, the business holds two consignment auctions and several estate sales. Anders has added his talents to the operation. He writes sale bills, clerks sales and creates web and radio advertising opportunities. Anders is a member of the Tekamah-Herman FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Don Wallace. This award is sponsored by Fastenal and Vigortone Ag Products.
2011 Agricultural Services—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Cory Benjamin Osting—Ohio
Cory Benjamin Osting of the Delphos FFA Chapter works with two local agribusinesses in forest management. Cory takes fully grown trees and processes them into grindlings, firewood and lumber. He also works to provide custom orders to his clients. Cory set the goal for earning zero safety violations and always demonstrates correct safety techniques. Cory’s FFA advisors are Scott Elwer and Mike Miller. This award is sponsored by Agricredit Acceptance LLC and TransCanada.
2011 Beef Production—Entrepreneurship
Tyler John Walter—Colorado
Tyler John Walter started with two Angus cows and expanded to 70 head. He has diversified to improve genetics in his herd. Ty gained skills in vaccinations, fixing fence and serving as night watchman during calving season. Ty makes decisions that will produce a high-quality, profitable herd. He is a member of the Platte Valley FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Desirae Weber and John Stahley. This award is sponsored by Bayer Animal Health and Nasco Divison-Nasco International, Inc.
2011 Beef Production—Placement
James Matthew Jeffiers—Kentucky
James Matthew Jeffiers works for an Angus beef operation. He gained experience in genetics and cattle breeding through artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Matthew also learned to become stronger at disease detection and giving vaccinations to the cattle. He is a member of the Spencer County FFA Chapter. Matthew’s FFA advisors are Darryl Matherly and Bland Baird. This award is Cattlco and Midwest PMS.
2011 Dairy Production—Entrepreneurship
Crocket Hoy Bruce—Tennessee
Crocket Hoy Bruce started his dairy enterprise by following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps. He has worked to increase milk production through better nutrition for Holstein cows. Crocket better understands animal performance records and works to improve the genetics of the herd. He is a member of the Jo Byrns FFA Chapter. Crocket’s FFA advisor is Garry Gibson. This award is sponsored by DeLaval, Inc. and New Holland.
2011 Dairy Production—Placement
Brad Laack is employed at two local dairies as a night herdsman and as a weekend milker. His responsibilities include artificial insemination, health care, selecting sires, breeding and milking. He learned artificial insemination so he could also breed his own cows and slowly build his herd. Brad is a member of the Plymouth FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Don Mier, Marilyn Hahn and Walter Taylor. This award is sponsored by GEA Farm Technologies and Kuhn North America.
2011 Diversified Agricultural Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Cody Clark Thompson—Tennessee
Cody Thompson began his SAE by raking hay on his family’s farm operation. Today, he produces his own crops, manages his own beef cattle and raises Burley tobacco. He continues to develop his management and decision-making skills to improve his enterprises. Cody is a member of the Cumberland Gap FFA Chapter, and his advisors are Dan Pearman, Wade Breeding and Robert Pearman. This award is sponsored by CF Industries and J.R. Simplot Company.
2011 Diversified Crop Production—Entrepreneurship
Greg Owen Harris—Kansas
Greg Owen Harris began his experience in crop production working with his family. He began his own enterprises of wheat, milo and soybeans. Greg accomplished his goals by learning about fertilizer ratios, seeding rates and the risk that goes along with a growing diversified operation. Today, he operates 250 acres of his own. Greg is a member of the Chapman FFA Chapter, and his advisors are Walter Pitts and Trent Horn. This award is sponsored by CHS.
2011 Diversified Crop Production—Placement
Kurt Parsons works for an operation that harvests nearly 15,000 acres of field crops each year. He has learned about the farming enterprises including tractor and harvester operation, planting and hay work. Kurt has also focused his efforts on marketing, customer acquisition and equipment design and fabrication. He is a member of the Porterville FFA Chapter. Kurt’s FFA advisors are Isaac Robles, Gabriel Ponce and Todd Coons. This award is sponsored by Crop Production Services and National Crop Insurance Services.
2011 Diversified Horticulture—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Joshua Joe Conaway—Oklahoma
Joshua Joe Conaway started his lawn care business to save money for college. Through his experiences and what he learned in his agriculture classes, lawn care has developed into a passion. Joshua has expanded his business beyond mowing lawns and trimming hedges to include raising water pond plants, ground cover and pond goldfish. He is a member of the Ringwood FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Will Bunt. This award is sponsored by Nationwide Insurance Foundation.
2011 Diversified Livestock Production—Entrepreneurship
Ashley Ceinwen Jones—Kentucky
Ashley Ceinwen Jones of the Bell County FFA Chapter raises lambs and horses. She owns one of the largest flocks of purebred Border Leicester sheep in the country. In addition, Ashley has four horses. She has learned about management, equipment and show ring etiquette. Ashley’s FFA advisors are Brian Prewitt and Tamara Miller. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Wahl Clipper Corporation.
2011 Diversified Livestock Production—Placement
Morgan Ann Stover—Texas
Morgan Ann Stover grew up shadowing her father when he went to livestock shows and sales. That interest led her to employment in the family operation, working with the cattle and horse industries. Morgan has developed an understanding of management practices and herd health programs. She is a member of the Ponder FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are Bart Stover and Brent Lankford. This award is sponsored by Behlen Manufacturing Company and Tractor Supply Company.
2011 Emerging Agricultural Technology—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jacob Harrison Schindler—Georgia
Jacob Harrison Schindler may have just saved the forestry industry $15.5 billion. Using the scientific method and knowledge he gained from his agriscience classes, he developed a technology that uses helium to control the pest kudzu. Treating test fields, he practiced his methods in four phases before concluding his research. Jacob is a member of the Lowndes FFA Chapter, and his advisors are James Corbett, Quinton Hadsock and Spence Taylor. This award is sponsored by Ag Leader Technology and BASF.
2011 Environmental Science and Natural Resources—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Alexandra Marie Macedo—California
Alexandra Marie Macedo works with her mother as a lab technician. She began collecting environmental samples and taking photos. Alexandra learned to be a steward of the environment and study rules and regulations that pertain to agriculture. She has gained many insights that she will use as she pursues a career as an agricultural engineer. Alexandra is a member of the Tulare FFA Chapter, and her FFA advisors are Michael Maderos, Dave Caetano, Kevin Koelewyn, Jennifer Sousa and Chris McKenna. This award is sponsored by Triscuit.
2011 Equine Science—Entrepreneurship
Ryan Carl Smith—Texas
Ryan Carl Smith met his goal of raising a foal and training it for calf roping. His SAE is breeding, raising, training and showing registered American Quarter Horses in tie-down calf roping. Ryan’s grandfather gave him the foal that he bred and worked with. He is a member of the Era FFA Chapter. His FFA advisor is Kevin Smith. This award is sponsored by Keystone Steel & Wire Company – Red Brand and Land O’Lakes Purina Mills.
2011 Equine Science—Placement
Brittani Alexandra Green—California
Brittani Alexandra Green of the Chino FFA Chapter works at horse barns for her SAE. She began by exercising horses and her duties grew to include training, riding, showing, clipping, body shaping and other requests made by trainers. Brittani looks forward to more opportunities in the equine industry. Brittani’s FFA advisor is Laurie McCormick. This award is sponsored by Nutrena and Tractor Supply Company.
2011 Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Taylor Sheldon Osterberg—South Dakota
Taylor Sheldon Osterberg grew up on a thousand acre farm of corn and soybeans. He rents 38 acres for soybeans each year. Taylor learned how to haul grain, apply fertilizer, prepare and maintain the fields and harvest. He hopes to take over the operation when his father retires. Taylor is a member of the McCook Central FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Terry Rieckman. This award is sponsored by Bunge North America.
Kaitlyn Grizzle grew her SAE by helping at her mother’s floral shop. Kaitlyn strives to become more proficient in floral design. She developed skills in material identification, processing flowers and bow construction. Kaitlyn also takes customer orders, keeps records for the business and plans events. She is a member of the Franklin County FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are Gary Minyard, Cale Watkins and Owen Thomason. This award is sponsored by Bayer Environmental Science.
2011 Food Science and Technology—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Alexis Brianna Raybon—Illinois
Alexis Brianna Raybon of the Chicago Ag Sciences FFA Chapter focuses her SAE on science and research. Working with the University of Illinois, she developed an interest in nutrition labeling and food techniques. Alexis was motivated to explore soy and its benefits on a diabetic diet. She also looked for new ways to encapsulate flavor. Alexis’s FFA advisor is Sheila Fowler. This award is sponsored by CHS and Kraft Foods.
2011 Forage Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Alyssa Carlyle Fee—Tennessee
Alyssa Carlyle Fee of the Liberty FFA Chapter produces hybrid Bermuda hay for her SAE. She set out to learn which varieties are available and what proper fertilization methods she should use. Alyssa learned which hay fields and pastures should be irrigated and how much irrigation was needed. Her FFA advisors are Chuck Flowers and Teresa Crouse. This award is sponsored by Animal Health International, Inc. and Claas of America, Inc.
2011 Forest Management and Products—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Tyler Matthew Meister—Wisconsin
Tyler Matthew Meister is the fourth generation to work in the family’s sawmills. He has done every job possible, from stacking lumber and running the saws to operating wheel loaders and calculating output. Tyler hopes to become a commercial driver so he can drive the operation’s log trucks and semis. He is a member of the Reedsburg FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Nick Casey and Todd Cherney. This award is sponsored by John Deere and RAM Trucks.
2011 Fruit Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Trenton Michael Bemis—Wisconsin
Trenton Michael Bemis is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in cranberry production. He works at one of five facilities in the state that packages fresh cranberries. He helps produce two percent of Ocean Spray’s fresh cranberries. Trenton has been instrumental in identifying the need for growth in the marsh and for more efficient equipment. He is a member of the Lincoln A. C. H. M. FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Rich Larson. This award is sponsored by DuPont Company.
2011 Grain Production—Entrepreneurship
Mark James Famuliner—Missouri
Mark James Famuliner comes from a hundred-year legacy of crop production. He started his SAE with 23 acres of corn and 57 acres of beans that he share-cropped for his grandmother. Mark eventually decided to add wheat to his grain production operation. Mark is a member of the Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Brooke Swindler. This award is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, A DuPont Business.
2011 Grain Production—Placement
Jake J. Knutson—Minnesota
Jake J. Knutson’s interest in grain production came from helping his dad and grandfather who both farm. In the spring, Jake works to deliver corn and fertilizer for the planter and complete spring tillage. In the fall, he operates the grain cart, combine and grain facilities. Jake is a member of the United South Central FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Dan Dylla. This award is sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred, A DuPont Business.
2011 Home and/or Community Development—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Dulton Maquade Moore—Ohio
Dulton Maquade Moore worked in both his home and the community. He has focused on improvements to the unfinished basement, garage and yard in his home. In the community, Dulton has volunteered extensively with his church and community thrift shop. Dulton is a member of the Delphos FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Scott Elwer and Mike Miller. This award is sponsored by Carhartt, Inc.
2011 Landscape Management—Entrepreneurship/Placement
William James Maltbie—Oklahoma
William James Maltbie began his own landscaping business. He learned about flowers and grasses and the art of landscape design. William started with eight landscape projects and expanded to 25 landscapes. He is working toward becoming an agricultural engineer. William is a member of the Burlington FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Travis Bradshaw. This award is sponsored by John Deere and Tractor Supply Company.
2011 Nursery Operations—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Kimberlee Laurel Gerardy—Illinois
Kimberlee Laurel Gerardy started as the "water girl" at her local nursery. After on-the-job experience, she took on more responsibilities. Kimberlee became familiar with popular plants, pests and pest remedies. She cared for and sold the plants she raised. Kimberlee hopes to take on more managerial responsibilities at the nursery. Kimberlee is a member of the Stillman Valley FFA Chapter, and her advisors are Jay Williams and Tracey Sanderson. This award is sponsored by RAM Trucks.
2011 Outdoor Recreation—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Colton Barnes is a part of the legendary Barnes PRCA Rodeo, started by his grandfather. He works in breeding stock and manages 300 bucking and 50 saddle horses. Colton also manages 150 bucking bulls and 38 cows. He enjoys the challenges and loves developing new skills. Colton is a member of the South O’Brien FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Eric Kumm. This award is sponsored by Cabela’s and Yamaha Motor Corporation USA.
2011 Poultry Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Jared Taylor Schlosnagle—Kentucky
Jared Taylor Schlosnagle started his SAE when his parents bought 15 laying hens for him and his sister to raise. Jared started a successful business of producing eggs laid by free-range hens. He has worked to market his eggs, traveling to farmers markets and preparing omelets to show off his product. Jared is a member of the Shelby County FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Kerwin Ewing. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Tyson Foods, Inc.
2011 Sheep Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Nolan Robert Hildebrand—California
Nolan Robert Hildebrand started his sheep enterprise with one ewe and expanded to 35 wether ewes and two wether sires. He produces market lambs to show and sell to other FFA and 4-H members across the state. Nolan has also had success at fairs and jackpot shows. He is a member of the Templeton FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Chris Hildebrand, Robin Schroeder and Erin Thompson. This award is sponsored by Bimeda Inc. and New Holland.
2011 Small Animal Production and Care—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Tanner Ray Miller—Oklahoma
Tanner Ray Miller knew he wanted to raise a small breed of dog. He decided on the Pembroke Welsh Corgi because of their low-maintenance, overall demeanor and popularity. Tanner created facilities that allowed him to breed throughout the entire year and also learned veterinary skills to save expenses. He is a member of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter, and his advisor is Allen Miller. This award is sponsored by Merial.
2011 Specialty Animal Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Damon E. Pombo—California
Damon E. Pombo raises a herd of Boer goats. He has 150 breeding does and three bucks. Originally, Damon sold his goats for purebred breeding stock, market show goats and ethnic niche meat. He expanded his enterprise to also market his goats as weed control. Damon is a member of the Tracy FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Nikki Maddux, Pat Rooney, Laura Kellery and Jason Gentry. This award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed and Tractor Supply Company.
2011 Specialty Crop Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Garrett Hightower works at Strome Fisher Farms and produces seeds. He assists in seed production for sugar beets, hybrid radishes, coriander and cabbage. Garrett also produces several varieties of grass seeds. He has achieved his goal of better understanding what it means to be a producer with both successes and setbacks. Garrett is a member of the Junction City FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Kathy Smith. This award is sponsored by the National FFA Foundation.
2011 Swine Production—Entrepreneurship
Bridget Rae Achterberg—Wisconsin
Bridget Rae Achterberg started her swine operation purchasing her first 10 pigs from her grandparents. She started breeding show pigs, learning to artificially inseminate the gilts. Bridget also mastered the skills of vaccinating, clipping teeth, dipping navels, castrating and herd health. She is a member of the Abbotsford FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is John Slipek. This award is sponsored by LA-CO Markal and Tyson Foods, Inc.
2011 Swine Production—Placement
Nicholas Ryan Shealy—Georgia
Nicholas Ryan Shealy began his SAE at a 2,400-head swine production facility. He developed proper swine care skills such as moving, breeding and processing the pigs. Nicholas also gained experience in working within a budget and communicating with co-workers. He is a member of the Oglethorpe County FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisors are Rob Jackson and Travis Sertich. This award is sponsored by Kemin and Sunglo Feeds/Akey.
2011 Turf Grass Management—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Clayton Daniel Miller—Ohio
Clayton Daniel Miller started his SAE mowing his parent’s yard and caring for shrubs and trimming. He now works for a business that cares for more than 500 residential and corporate lawns. Clayton began with the tasks of push mowing and trimming. Now he serves as crew chief and operator of a Dixie Chopper mower. Clayton is a member of the Elida FFA Chapter, and his FFA advisor is Dennis Pohlman. This award is sponsored by John Deere.
2011 Vegetable Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Mallory McDevitt had a neighboring farmer as a mentor and decided to grow her own produce. Using the five acres where she lives, Mallory began her operation with the goal of giving her customers the perfect vegetable. She has developed skills in all aspects of vegetable production. Mallory is a member of the Wapakoneta FFA Chapter, and her FFA advisors are Ron Brown and Chris Turner. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Wilbur-Ellis Company.
2011 Veterinary Medicine—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Nicole Asheley Price—Texas
Nicole Asheley Price works at a veterinary clinic. She has taken several veterinary classes at her school. Nicole is knowledgeable in common terminology, anatomy and physiology; hospital procedures and parasitology. Nicole plans on pursuing a career as a veterinarian. She is a member of the Plano East FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisors are John Graf, Karen Kier and Sam Harrison. This award is sponsored by American Veterinary Medical Association.
2011 Wildlife Production and Management—Entrepreneurship/Placement
Devon A. Feldt—Wisconsin
Devon A. Feldt has worked with biologists and mentors to develop skills in his SAE. He joined the American Wilderness Leadership School in Wyoming and studied porcupines. Devon learned how to trap, scan and process the animals. He developed skills that helped gain information on their movements, actions and interactions with the environment. Devon is a member of the Waupaca FFA Chapter. His FFA advisors are Jennifer Erb and Rene’ Lehman. This award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed.