National Goat Production Proficiency Winner – Alexus Heldt

Alexus Rose Heldt of the Watertown Mayer FFA Chapter in Minnesota admits that her life revolves around goats.  She became involved in the industry at a young age as her grandparents have operated a dairy goat herd for 45 years.  Heldt exchanges the labor of milking and feeding chores for equipment and livestock.  When she is not on the farm, she enjoys showing goats at county, state and national shows.  Heldt  plans to study agricultural engineering and agricultural education in college.  She is supported by parents Stephen Penegor and Jodene Heldt and FFA advisor James Kocherer. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company.


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National Landscape Management Proficiency Winner – Christopher Crump

Christopher Cline Crump of the Banks County FFA Chapter in Georgia spent countless hours assisting his grandfather in his shop and eventually developed the same level of work ethic.  He secured a job with a landscaping company—developing important skills such as edging, string trimming, pruning and mowing.  Crump also got to work outside and gain horticultural experience, helpful for his long-term goal of entering agricultural education. Crump is supported by parents Rodney and Gena Crump and FFA advisors Kipp Jackson and Scott Wheatley. This award is sponsored by John Deere and Tractor Supply Company.


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National Poultry Production Proficiency Winner – Danny Moretti

Although he was born and raised on a dairy farm, Danny Moretti of the Tomales FFA Chapter in California decided to start an organic poultry operation after a local poultry producer sought organic egg producers to meet high market demand.  He now operates a certified organic poultry operation consisting of 2,200 birds.  Over 90 percent of his eggs are sold as organic under the Marin Sun Farms label. This agreement has increased his ability to negotiate and market his flock.  He also sells eggs to a local grocery store, to neighbors and at local farmers markets. Moretti is supported by parents Mike and Monique Moretti and FFA advisor William Costanzo. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Tyson Foods, Inc.

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National Specialty Crop Production Proficiency Winner – Sam Herring

Sam Herring of the Lowndes FFA Chapter in Georgia works under his father and uncle on their family flu-cured tobacco production farm.  When he started his SAE, he was motivated to learn more about producing and processing tobacco.  Herring has since developed a sense of responsibility from his project as well as from doing things such as curing and irrigating the crop.  Herring hopes to eventually take over his family’s farm.  He is supported by parents Joey and Lisa Herring and FFA advisors Dr. James Corbett, Quinton Hadsock and Michael L. Barnes. This award is sponsored by CF Industries, Inc.

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National Vegetable Production Proficiency Winner – Greta Tank

Greta Tank of the Randolph FFA Chapter in Minnesota serves as the sales and marketing manager for her family-owned seasonal sweet corn and fall produce business.  She began in the operation by helping her older brother.  Because of her efficient customer service skills, she saw an eight percent growth in sales. Tank is supported by parents Myron and Linda Tank and FFA advisor Edward Terry. This award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Wilbur-Ellis Corporation.

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Agriscience Teacher Recognition – JoAnn Pfeiffer

pfeiffer_ohJoAnn Pfeiffer, agriculture education teacher from the Federal Hocking FFA Chapter in Ohio, was recognized as one of the four teachers receiving the Agriscience Teacher award.

This special award honors agriscience teachers who have inspired their students to go all out through lessons in the classroom.

Ms. Pfeiffer is very honored to receive national recognition and says she appreciates being recognized at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.

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Workshops encourage students to ‘Go All Out’

UntitledWith topics ranging from diversity and career success, to advocating and hunger, students attending the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo have to opportunity to attend workshops to help them gain specific knowledge and ideas. Featuring a few words from our facilitators as well as Nick Murray from Wisconson, and Lindsay Palmer from New York, Kaylin Broadwell has more.

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Agriscience Fair Project Results in Yielding True Success

West Richland Agriscience


Garrett Williams is a member of the West Richland FFA Chapter in Illinios.  He participated in the Agriscience Fair Exhibit Display at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.  His project impacted not only his FFA experience, but also his home farm.  His convention experience as a participant has given him a new opportunity that he was willing to share.  Take a listen for Garrett’s story.


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Elanco CEO speaks to FFA about hunger

Jeff SimmonsJeff Simmons ,CEO of Elanco, spoke to FFA members at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo about how world hunger will affect them in the years to come. His message on how innovation and ingenuity will be the driving force of feeding the world in the next 30 years educated and inspired FFA members. Simmons talked to our own Jamye Spence Freeman about his message and how young agriculturalist can help.

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Day of Service Impacts FFA Members

Members of the Beech Grove FFA Chapter in Indiana spent part of their National Convention experience serving others through a Day of Service Project.  Listen to chapter members, Jessica Benamon, Zoe Thurston, Caroline Cathcart and Blythe Burdine as they talk about their experience that helps so many other people.


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