LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Nodaway Valley FFA Chapter in Greenfield were one of 40 teams participating in the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
The team, led by adviser Blake Anderson, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 156 other participants. Jacob Baudler, Sydney McElfish, Craig Sackett and Hannah Thompson all received Bronze emblems.
The top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and forestry event are sponsored by Husqvarna and John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Forestry CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and knowledge in the area of forest management. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview and team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention and Expo.
This event, held at Bernheim Forest in Clermont, Ky., is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.