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Two FFA teams competing at Nationals this week

MORRIS – Two teams from Morris Area’s Future Farmers of America program will be competing at the National FFA Convention next week in Louisville, KY.

In addition, the Morris chapter will be recognized in the 2013 National Chapter Award Program because the team received a three-star ranking for the year. 

The chapter award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities.

The two teams competing at nationals are the Agricultural Issues Forum team of Andrew Goulet, Melanie Vanhorn, Rebekah Aanerud and Taylor Staples; and the Marketing Plan team of Carly Maanum, Joanna Moser and Lexi Mahoney.

Agricultural Issues and Marketing Plan are among 25 national Career Development Events, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

In Agricultural Issues, FFA members present on a current issue facing agriculture to local community groups prior to competing in the national event. In the presentation both sides of the issue are addressed, allowing audience  members to form their own opinions.

In Marketing Plan, teams research and develop a marketing plan for an agricultural product, supply or service. The teams then present their solution for marketing problems to a panel of public relations advertising and marketing professionals. The FFA members are evaluated on the various parts of the marketing plan, including market analysis, business proposition, action plan, budget management, evaluation and the effectiveness of their presentation.

Students heading to nationals will leave on Tuesday, Oct. 28 and return on Saturday, Nov. 2