Garrett Cramer and Colten Peel of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter competed at the National FFA Convention with their Agriculture Proficiency Awards. The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers.
Students can compete for awards in almost 50 areas covering everything from agricultural communications to wildlife management. There are four types of proficiency awards: Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related enterprise. Combined some proficiency award areas are not split into entrepreneurship and placement, applicants can combine both placement and entrepreneurship records if both are included in the SAE.
Peel competed in the Diversified Horticulture Proficiency award area. This proficiency area consists of members who own or works for an enterprise or business that applies the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market plants from two or more of the following proficiency areas: landscape management, nursery operations, turfgrass management and floricultural production accepted in the specialty crop production proficiency area. Projects which include the production of floriculture plants and, but not only, the design and/or sale of floral products (corsages, boutonnieres, bouquets, etc.) qualify in this area. Colten received a bronze rating in his category at the national level.
Cramer competed in the Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency award area. This proficiency area consists of members using of the best management practices available to produce and market a combination of livestock and crops in two or more proficiency areas. These areas include at least one species included in Diversified Livestock and at least one species included in Diversified Crop proficiency area. Cramer received a silver rating in his category at the national level.