INDIANAPOLIS- Members of the Crestview FFA Chapter in Ohio were one of 40 teams participating in the National FFA Farm Business Management Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The team, led by advisor Paul Pohlman, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 154 other participants. Amanda Lobsiger received a Silver emblem, Thomas Lichtensteiger received a Silver emblem, Adam Schumm received a Silver emblem, and Kelsie Preston received a Silver emblem.The top ten individuals and the national winning team received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The coaches of the top two teams were named Farm Business Fellows. The cash awards and the farm business management event are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Amy Allen, manager of Corporate Contributions at John Deere states, "Feeding some nine billion people by mid-century brings with it unprecedented challenges for today's farmers. Farm business management skills will help producers prepare to meet these critical needs."
The National FFA Farm Business Management CDE is designed to test the ability of students to apply economic principles and concepts in analyzing farm and ranch business management decisions. Participants respond to questions concerning economic principles in farm business management as well as a problem-solving analysis section. Each team in the event has competed with other chapters in their state for the privilege of participating in the national event.
The event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind., is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.ffa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.