Anthony Adams of Hooker Finalist in Star in Agribusinessman at Upcoming National FFA ConventionMon, 22 Sep 2008 13:03:26 CDT
The National FFA Organization has named Anthony Adams of the Hooker FFA Chapter a 2008 American Star in Agribusiness finalist; he will compete with other finalists at the 81st National FFA Convention, Oct. 22-25, in Indianapolis, Ind.
Each year at the national FFA convention, 16 national finalists (four per award) vie for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These awards honor students who have developed outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through their career development programs; demonstrated outstanding management skills; earned the American FFA Degree - the organization’s highest level of accomplishment; and met other agricultural education, scholastic and leadership requirements. Each finalist will be interviewed by a panel of judges, who will ultimately name the top candidate in each area. The winner will be announced in an onstage convention ceremony and will receive a plaque and an award of $4,000. The runners’-up will also receive plaques and $2,000 each.
Adams’ business consists of a two-combine harvest crew and support equipment. He operates within a 65-mile radius of his home, harvesting wheat, milo, sunflowers and corn. After his initial harvest, he was able to gain a solid base of prospective customers based on reputation and word-of-mouth marketing. The following year, he doubled his sales. Since that first year, his customer base has quadrupled and his acres harvested have tripled.
Within the next few years, Adams hopes to attend John Deere University, where he’ll gain skills and knowledge to repair his equipment himself, saving time and the high costs of outsourcing repairs. He would also like to someday offer his custom harvesting service throughout the country.
Adams is the son of Howard Adams and Sherri Danklefs and is a member of the Hooker FFA, where his advisor is John Lynch.
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