Meet Your National Proficiency Award Winner in Goat Production- Tyler Sanders, Wanette FFASat, 02 Nov 2013 07:27:18 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 2013, Oklahoma has advanced and brought to Louisville 20 National Proficiency 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 7 National Proficiency Titles, the most of any state. Ohio was second with six National Proficiency titles and Georgia was third with five. In 2012, Oklahoma FFA members earned 8 National Proficiency Awards.
The 2013 National Proficiency award in Goat Production went to Tyler Sanders of the Wanette FFA Chapter
Tyler Sanders began raising Boer goats by keeping his show does after they had completed their showing careers. Eventually, he started incorporating superior genetics into the herd. Currently, he's completing a feasibility study of the marketability of goat jerky, goat meat sticks, goat soap and goat cheeses in his area. Sanders is supported by his parents Jan and Robbie and his FFA advisor Justin Boone.
Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Sanders about his Supervised Ag Enterprise after he received the National award on stage in Louisville at the 86th annual FFA Convention. You can hear that Interview by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Our exclusive coverage from the 2013 National FFA Convention in Louisville is a service of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about this youth organization. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
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