LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National FFA Organization announced national finalists in August with Samuel Lynn Richer of the Wauseon FFA being selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Vegetable Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement. Richer is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals held Oct. 28-31 during the 88th national FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky.
The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience. The Vegetable Production – Entrepreneurship/Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state, and national levels. Richer, a member of the Wauseon FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Ohio state FFA competition earlier this year.
The award is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Wilbur Ellis Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists received a plaque and $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention.
Richer began his vegetable production operation in 2011 with one and half acre of sweet corn. He has since expanded to include summer and fall squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers. Richer sells his produce at a roadside farm market his grandfather started and will continue operations as he attends college. He is supported by his parents, Caroline and Jerry Richer, and FFA advisors Katie Black, Brian Pike and Eric Richer.