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.
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.