Meet the National Proficiency Winner in Forage Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement-Bryce Bulling of Mulhall OrlandoFri, 26 Oct 2012 16:25:55 CDT
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their Supervised Agricultural Experiences have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Students can compete for awards in 49 areas covering everything from Agricultural Communications to Wildlife Management. Each award area has two categories, placement and entrepreneurship- although in some award area- those two categories are combined.
Placement proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to employment, apprenticeships, or internships at an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Entrepreneurship proficiency awards are given to those whose SAEs are related to ownership of an agribusiness or agriculture-related organization. Proficiency awards are given out at the local, state and national levels. .
Here in 2012, Oklahoma has advanced and brought to Indianapolis 20 National Profiency Finalists out of the 49, which was the third most Finalists behind Georgia and California. By the end of the afternoon on Friday, Oklahoma had claimed 8 National Profiency Titles, matching the number the state claimed two years ago at the national convention. Georgia claimed ten national titles, with Oklahoma and Georgia well ahead of other states with multiple titles in the Profiency Award categories.
The 2012 National Proficiency Award in Forage Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement was awarded to Bryce Bulling of the Mulhall Orlando FFA Chapter.
Bulling works with his grandfather in his forage production enterprise. Working 2,800 acres of Bermuda grass and wheat, he has mastered the skills of safe equipment operation, soil sampling, hay conditioning and the identification of local pests. Bulling has also worked to understand the equipment that is used for forage production and how he can repair it when necessary. He is supported by his parents April and Scott and also his FFA advisor Allen Miller.
Bulling says he started out doing the simplest jobs of driving a tractor and bucking bales and he has now moved into the decision-making process in his family's operation. He decides when to cut and bale for maximum quality. He says FFA has been an instrumental part of his education, teaching him not only about forage production but welding skills which he has put to profitable use.
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