By Kendall Dodson,
Eight members of the Nashville FFA Chapter headed to Benton on March 11 to compete in the District V Proficiencies. To advance to District, members had to place first at the Section Proficiency contest in January.
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE), have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in approximately 50 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management.
Most award areas have two categories: placement and entrepreneurship. Placement proficiency awards are given to those who’s SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those who’s SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization.
Proficiency awards are given out at the section, district, state, and national levels. These members include Kailie Maschhoff (first in Agriculture Education), Kane Lamczyk (first in Dairy Production Entrepreneurship), Christian Fullerton (first in Food Service), Sarah Herrmann (first in Outdoor Recreation), Joe Liggett (first in Swine Production Placement), Kyle Schnitker (second in Agricultural Mechanics), and Cade Krueger (fourth in Grain Production Entrepreneurship).