National FFA Announces 2019 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, November 1, 2019/National FFA Organization) – Winners of the 2019 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Nov. 1 during the fifth general session at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories.
Agricultural Communications – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Gabby Barber – Oklahoma
Gabby Barber of the Lawton FFA Chapter in Oklahoma has a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) that is rooted in photography, writing and speaking with others. She got her start as chapter reporter, but grew that into becoming chief editor of her chapter newsletter and collaborating with the communications department for her school district to share information about the agricultural education program. Barber is supported by her parents, Felesha and Cary, and her FFA advisors, Pete Dempsey, Christopher Conway, Lindsey Hoerbert and Courtney Miller. Sponsored by Bader Rutter and Associates, Inc. and Red Brand.
Agricultural Education – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Chloe Lynch – Georgia
Chloe Lynch of the Islands FFA Chapter in Georgia began her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) in 2015 when she became a departmental assistant to her agriculture teachers. The following year, she applied for a work-based learning education internship at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. There, she prepared lessons and educated students in a variety of schools. Lynch has since had more internships and experiences and plans to become an agriculture teacher in the future. She is supported by her parents, Joleen and Steve, and her FFA advisors, Myria Shipman and James Oliver. Sponsored by The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation.
Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Josh Heupel – California
Josh Heupel of the Merced-Golden Valley FFA Chapter in California was introduced to his family’s equipment fabrication operation at the age of four. He developed his passion for metal fabrication and welding. With the guidance of his family, he created new equipment for not only his family farm but for other farmers in the state. During his junior year, Heupel constructed a five-shank deep ripper to work on an orchard’s soil. He is supported by his parents, Jackie and Scott, and his FFA advisors, Cody Jacobsen, Vikki Davis, Corey Mesa and Rebecca Mendonza. Sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and Lincoln Electric.
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Entrepreneurship
Kyle Clark – Utah
Kyle Clark of the Spanish Fork FFA Chapter in Utah bought his first tractor, a Farmall Super C and worked with his neighbor, Gordon, and his father to work to fix it up and make it like new. This work led him to begin a business fixing tractors for himself and other people. Clark also performs maintenance on tractors for family and neighbors. He is supported by his parents, Jodi and John, and his FFA advisors, Kaylee Liddiard and Chaleesa Warren. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, Cummins and Mystik Lubricants.
Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance – Placement
Andy Holscher – Ohio
Andy Holscher of the Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter in Ohio works at his family’s business, servicing and repairing lawnmowers and yard equipment. He started helping around the shop by doing simple jobs, like testing equipment for quality. However, his duties grew, and now he can be found working on a large John Deere riding lawnmower, using a small leaf blower, assisting customers or anything in between. Holscher is supported by his parents, Teresa and Marvin, and his FFA advisors, Michelle Brunson, Daniel Schmiesing, Deborah Stanfield, James Metz, Michaella Quinter and John Kreitze. Sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.
Agricultural Processing – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Brayden Ingram – Arkansas
Brayden Ingram of the Har-ber FFA Chapter in Arkansas has worked at the War Eagle Processing Plant since he was in the ninth grade. Local cattle and pig farmers comprise most of the operation’s customers. When the farmers drop off their animals, instructions are written down as to how the meat should be cut and packaged. Ingram’s duties include sorting the live animals and moving them toward the kill chute. He is supported by his parents, Stephanie and Mike, and his FFA advisors, Patti Priest, Seth Jones, Jonathan Roberts and Justin Mitchell. Sponsored by National FFA Foundation & National FFA Organization.
Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship
Braylee Finck – Illinois
Braylee Finck of the Maroa-Forsyth FFA Chapter in Illinois operates a floral design business called Petals & Blooms. She prepares arrangements for proms, weddings, funerals, showers and graduations. She is completely in charge of all business purchases, sales and designs. Finck has hired assistants to support her work as well. She is supported by her parents, Selina and Nick, and her FFA advisor, Cassie Crouch. Sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions and Valent USA Corporation.
Agricultural Sales – Placement
Jessica Brogdon – Georgia
Jessica Brogdon of the Walnut Grove FFA Chapter in Georgia works for a local florist. She works in the sales shop, constructs floral arrangements and assists with daily deliveries. From the florist, she learned how to design arrangements, increasing her skills to also work at weddings and special events like ceremonies and receptions. Brogdon is supported by her parents, Paula and Shawn, and her FFA advisors, Abby Needham-Nash and Kelly Shaw. Sponsored by Cargill/Provimi and Fastenal.
Agricultural Services – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Cade Riggin – Kansas
Cade Riggin of the Riverton FFA Chapter in Kansas works for his family’s custom harvesting business, harvesting crops for farmers who may not have the proper equipment or time to do the task themselves. He travels across multiple states to complete the tasks – including Texas, Colorado and Idaho. Riggin harvests wheat, corn, barley, safflower and flaxseed. Riggin is supported by his parents, Mary and Earl, and his FFA advisor, Jacob Larison. Sponsored by Red Brand.
Agriscience Research – Animal Systems
Riley Luginbill – Oklahoma
Riley Luginbill of the Stillwater FFA Chapter in Oklahoma has conducted three research projects designed to improve the performance of racehorses. Her initial project tested horses’ cardiovascular health based on which feed ration would best maintain a quicker recovery rate in performance horses. Her most recent project evaluated three types of iron boosting supplements for horses to determine which can best maintain a steady level of red blood cell counts to prevent anemia. Luginbill is supported by her parents, Jeannie and Bryan, and her advisors, Robby Branscum, Bailey Kliewer and Carl Nipper. Sponsored by Zoetis.
Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems
Lauren Roberts – Florida
Lauren Roberts of the Trenton FFA Chapter in Florida gained the inspiration for her research project when she gave a speech in the seventh grade about the declining honey bee population. The goal of her research was to find a feasible plant- and bee-safe repellent that would keep bees away from pesticide-sprayed crops. She eventually narrowed it down to three nonlethal repellents. Roberts is supported by her parents, Franne and Jason, and her FFA advisor, Ashley Thoron. Sponsored by National FFA Foundati