Henrietta FFA members Braiden Obermier and Parker Dunkerley were named the Area IV FFA proficiency winners during the area convention in Mineral Wells, Saturday, May 12. Both will be advancing to the state level in their respective award categories in June at Angelo State University, San Angelo.
Obermier’s Grain Production Proficiency is related to his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) employment with wheat production operators and his ability to apply the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market wheat crops.
Dunkerley advanced with his Beef Production application that reflects his individually owned and operated beef enterprises that uses the best management practices available to efficiently produce and market beef.
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards program is FFA used to encourage FFA members to set personal goals and learn practical skills as related to their individual SAE program.
Both Henrietta FFA members have multiple years of records establishing their ability in their respective area and were judged for the following criteria:
▪ Skills and competencies learned that relate to an agricultural career field.
▪ Financial achievements, including growth in scope.
▪ Personal growth and development through FFA activities.
▪ Evidence of student accomplishments based on available resources and opportunities.
▪ Communication skills as demonstrated in the written portions of applications and clear, concise answers given during interviews. (No personal interviews are conducted at the state level.)
There are 51 proficiency award areas that FFA members can apply for, ranging from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Production and Management.
Proficiency application must advance through local, district and area competition to reach the state level. All state winning proficiency award winners will receives a $1,000 scholarship and plaque presented at the Texas FFA Convention.