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Interview Skills Recipient Selected From Tennessee

“Make sure that you are yourself. You’re smiling like you always would and you have to be careful and not let your nerves get in the way of your personality shining through.” -Tate Stevenson http://www.ffaconvention.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/JobInterview_TateStevenson.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Turf Grass Management—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Austin D. Nordyke of the Hugoton FFA Chapter in Kansas maintains lawns for customers in his community. He started as an employee to his older sister, helping her mow lawns. Four years ago, he took over the operation and now … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Swine Production—Entrepreneurship

Collin Dunaway of the Felicity Franklin FFA Chapter in Ohio has an operation of 47 market hogs, marketed in five month intervals, which he has purchased and managed by himself. When he was 12 years old, he began with two … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Specialty Crop Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Ryan Conway Patrum of the Paris FFA Chapter in Tennessee works on a 40-acre burley tobacco farm. While he typically helps with setting the tobacco, he also hoes the ground to keep weeds back. He tops and oils the plans … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Poultry Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Trenton Michael Thomas of the Goshen FFA Chapter in Alabama grew up helping on the family’s poultry farm. He works in eight broiler houses on a daily basis, working with 158,270 birds. His duties include managing the operation, monitoring and … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Home and/or Community Development—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Ben Murray of the Berrian FFA Chapter in Georgia works for his county’s Chamber of Commerce and is an assistant to the economic development coordinator. Through his efforts, he has worked to develop activities that have spurred economic growth in … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Forest Management and Products—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Samuel Rhodes of the Central High School Shenandoah FFA Chapter in Virginia started receiving small chores in his father’s sawmill when he was ten years old. He developed a passion for the work, learning to evaluate tree stands, identify trees … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Equine Science—Entrepreneurship

Demi West of the Gilmer FFA Chapter in Texas purchases, trains and sells ranch and performance horses and ponies as part of her supervised agricultural experience. Starting with a sound-minded and well-built colt, she brings out its innate potential. She … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Diversified Livestock Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Adam Daniel Blumenschein of the Fairbanks FFA Chapter in Ohio raises and manages a herd of 100 commercial Dorset ewes, 111 market lambs, 18 commercial Angus females and 13 market and replacement cattle. He started showing Hampshire sheep with his … Continue reading

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National Proficiency Winner: Diversified Agricultural Production—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Nole Gerfen of the Ridgemont FFA Chapter in Ohio remembers a childhood of riding in tractors with his parents. Today, his supervised agricultural experiences include commercial breeding swine, finisher hogs, breeding sheep, roaster lambs, market steers, beef breeding heifers, corn … Continue reading

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