Reported by Dr. James Corbett, FFA Sponsor:
Indianapolis, IN - Members of Lowndes County FFA excelled in competition at the National FFA Convention held October 18-22. Lowndes FFA had the largest number of National Winners in the National Agriscience Fair. Landon Herring, Callie Warren, and Hunter Corbett won agricultural proficiencies.
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their SAEs or home agricultural projects, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.
Herring won the Specialty Crop Production proficiency. Over the course of five years, he worked on his family farm producing flue-cured tobacco. Herring is the son of Joey and Lisa Herring.
Warren was named the winner of the Fruit Production proficiency. She developed her blueberry project over five years on her family farm. Her parents are Kevin and Amy Coggins.
Corbett won the Agriscience Research – Integrated Systems proficiency. He performed multiple research projects over the five years of his FFA experience, focusing on using cotton gin trash to clean up oil spills. Corbett is the son of Dr. James and Tracy Corbett.
Also competing in the proficiency competition were Chandler Kudyk, Outdoor Recreation, and Bailey Anderson, Equine Science. They both earned the distinction of National Proficiency Finalists – 1 of 4 in the nation in their category.
The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo. Ten Lowndes FFA members won six of the twenty four divisions of the agriscience fair. These national winners are as follows: Environmental Systems – Division II, Charity Brown; Division III, Zach Gay and Cedric Montgomery. Food Systems – Division IV, Levi Herring and Conway McNeil. Plant Systems – Division II, Courtney Cameron; Division IV, Hunter Corbett and Chandler Kudyk. Power Systems – Division IV, Frank Balmer and Jackson Sumner. Also competing were: Ellison Pitchford, 7th place Animal Systems Division I; Clay Parker, 7th place Animal Systems Division II; Elizabeth Fisher and Gabriella Daughtry, 2nd place Animal Systems Division III; Brianna Matheny, 10th place Food Systems Division II; Ty Parks, 2nd place Plant Systems Division I; Kayla Hall, 3rd place Social Systems Division IV; Joe Corbett and Levi Brown, 2nd place 2nd place Social Systems Division III; and, Trevor Ross, 3rd place Power Systems Division II.
Ian Bennett was a candidate for the position of National FFA Officer. He represented the Georgia FFA Association in this activity at the National Convention. Bennett is the son of Dr. Marshall and Marybeth Bennett.
The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA membership today is comprised of 629,327 student members in grades six through 12 who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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