Meet the National Proficiency Winner in Environmental Science and Natural Resources-Entrepreneurship/Placement-Trenton Grimes of Pond Creek-HunterFri, 26 Oct 2012 17:11:42 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 Environmental Science and Natural Resources-Entrepreneurship/Placement was awarded to Trenton Grimes of the Pond Creek-Hunter FFA Chapter.
Grimes works with his father to construct and rebuild terraces, waterways and reservoirs in the hopes of reducing topsoil loss and controlling runoff water. In his placement SAE, he's learned to operate machinery like bulldozers and scrapers while also actively participating in the planning and construction of the natural resource-saving projects. Grimes is supported by his parents Kris and Roscoe and his FFA advisor Tim Winter.
Grimes says precision is the key in much of the conservation work he is engaged in. He says it is especially important in the construction of terraces to make sure they sufficiently slow the water flow and drain it effectively.
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