Meet Your National Proficiency Award Winner in Diversified Livestock Production- Tanner Miller, Mulhall-Orlando FFASat, 02 Nov 2013 07:16:26 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 Diversified Livestock Production- Placement and Entrepreneur was awarded to Tanner Miller of the Mulhall-Orlando FFA Chapter.
Tanner Miller, who lives in the Orlando community, raises goats and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Beginning with a goat herd of 10 does, he has expanded to 58 producing females and two bucks to maximize the enterprise’s potential. For his Corgis, he has produced and marketed 52 of the breed within six states. Miller hopes to continue his investment in production agriculture throughout college. He is supported by his mother, Linda and father Allen who is also his FFA advisor.
This is Miller's second National Proficiency award- as he also brought home a National Title in 2011. Click here to read our story about Tanner and that national honor from the 2011 National Convention.
Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Miller 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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