Students take second in Nat'l FFA Organization Agricultural Issues Forum
Two freshmen from Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were recently honored at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Callie Hawkins, an animal science major from Canyon, and Bailey Hufnagle, an agricultural communications major from Canyon, were part of a seven-member team that placed second in the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum 2016 competition.
Representing their hometown of Canyon's FFA Chapter, Hawkins and Hufnagle were tested on their knowledge of current agricultural issues and evaluated on how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. Winners were announced Friday (Oct. 21) at the annual awards banquet.
To qualify for the Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event, teams designed a presentation that addresses multiple viewpoints of a contemporary agricultural issue, and presented it to a number of audiences in their community and throughout the state.
For the national event, they presented a portfolio based on their audiences' feedback and delivered their presentation to a panel of judges. The Canyon FFA team also included Brady Gales, Quade Salazar, Chloe Kemp, Macey Thurman, and Brynn Owen.
Program officials noted that members of the top four teams in the nation received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural issues forum event are sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.
Elanco Animal Health is proud to sponsor the Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event. Elanco provides comprehensive products and services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world.
The National FFA Convention is held each October with nearly 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the country in attendance. Members participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, a career show and expo, volunteer activities and much more. It is one of the largest annual student conventions in the country.
Written by Norman Martin
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