Hannah Meller, Justin Nofziger, and Jacob Dennis, Pettisville FFA members, placed in the top four in the state after completing proficiency applications.
They will present their projects in May at the state FFA convention. If they win, their projects will be judged at the national level, and they could present their project at the national FFA convention.
Proficiencies are based on the member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience projects (SAEs), and include everything they have done since their freshmen year through Dec. 31, 2015.
Meller’s proficiency is in the category of Agriscience Research-Integrated Systems, and includes her various agriscience fair projects that she did throughout high school.
Dennis’ proficiency includes the agriscience fair projects he has done on soybeans. He is in the category of Agriscience Research-Plant Systems.
Nofziger’s projects are in the category of Diversified Agricultural Production, and involve his work with breeding and showing cattle, as well as raising crops.
State and American Degrees
Nofziger, Dennis, and Lynnsey
Crouch will receive their State FFA Degrees in May at the state convention.
Only about 3% of FFA members receive the state degree.
In order to receive the degree, members must meet certain requirements regarding their SAEs and participation in FFA activities.
Josiah Hoops will receive his American FFA Degree at the national convention in October.
The American Degree is the highest degree that an FFA member can attain. Less than 1% of FFA members receive the American Degree.
Dennis, Gretchen Lee, Jordan Skates, and Kayla Wyse presented Agriscience Fair projects at the District 1 Agriscience Fair at Anthony Wayne High School in March.
They all received first places in their divisions and categories and will present their projects at the State Agriscience Fair in May.
Dennis’ project involved testing whether foliar fertilizer increases soybean yields and/or oil and protein content.
Lee tested how rabbit manure affects the nutrition of kale, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage for urban agriculture.
Skates tested whether red or blue fish structures attracted more largemouth bass.
Wyse tested to see if rabbit fur can be used to control white flies.– Jacob Dennis, reporter