Pettisville FFA members awarded

Several members of the Pettisville FFA have received noteworthy honors.

Members Hannah Meller, Justin Nofziger, and Jacob Dennis have placed within the top four positions in Ohio for completed proficiency applications. They will present their proficiency projects in May at the state FFA convention. First place winners there are judged at the national level, which can lead to presentations at the national FFA convention.

Proficiencies are based on the member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience projects (SAEs), and include everything completed between freshmen year and Dec. 31, 2015. Hannah’s proficiency is in Agriscience Research-Integrated Systems and includes various agriscience fair projects she presented throughout high school. Jacob’s proficiency includes the agriscience fair projects he has done on soybeans for the Agriscience Research-Plant Systems category. Justin’s projects are in Diversified Agricultural Production, and involve his work with breeding and showing cattle, as well as raising crops.

Other awarded members include Justin Nofziger, Jacob Dennis, and Lynnsey Crouch, who will receive their State FFA degrees in May at the state convention. Only about three percent of FFA members receive the state degree, which involves meeting 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, received by less than one percent of FFA members, is the highest degree attainable.

In March, members Jacob Dennis, Gretchen Lee, Jordan Skates and Kayla Wyse received first place in their divisions and categories for their projects at the District 1 Agriscience Fair at Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse.

Jacob’s project tested whether foliar fertilizer increased soybean yields and/or oil and protein content. Gretchen tested rabbit manure’s effect on the nutrition of kale, spinach, lettuce, and cabbage for urban agriculture. Jordan tested whether red or blue fish structures attracted more large mouth bass. And Kayla’s test determined whether rabbit fur can be used to control white flies.

They will present their projects at the State Agriscience Fair in May.