JEROMESVILLE -- Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event (CDE) were announced last week at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Mrs. Theresa Noll from Indiana served as superintendent of the event.
The top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural sales event are sponsored by Bayer, NAU Country Insurance, Nutrien Ag Solutions and Syngenta.
The Hillsdale FFA Ag Sales team placed 4th in the nation, receiving a gold rating. The team members include: Shawna Barr, Gold Rating; Megan Schwendeman, Gold Rating; Olivia Traylor, Gold Rating; and Zoey McBride, Gold Rating.
“Cultivating members’ interest in pursuing careers in agriculture is a shared goal of the National FFA Organization and Bayer,” said Brian Leake, Advocacy and Communications Manager.
“FFA members are the future of our industry and we are proud to be a returning sponsor of the Ag Sales Career Development Event, to help prepare FFA members for their future agricultural careers.”
The National FFA Agricultural Sales CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event includes actual sales presentations, a written exam, and team sales situation. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
The event, held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in agricultural education classes.