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Kingfisher Ag Issues Team Wins National Title at 2015 FFA Convention- Addressing Topic of Ag Drones

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:54:42 CDT

Kingfisher Ag Issues Team Wins National Title at 2015 FFA Convention- Addressing Topic of Ag Drones

Breaking- We now have word that the Kingfisher FFA Chapter's Ag Issues Team has won the National Championship in their Career Development Event. Team members include Holly Barrow, Taylor Chapman Anna Crosswhite, Jace Karns, Kaci Pennington and Addison Themer. The coach and FFA Advisor for Kingfisher is Lori Burns.

Here's our earlier story that featured the Kingfisher Ag Issues team that has won in Louisville for 2015.

At the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville this week, there are seventeen teams of FFA members representing Oklahoma in something called CDEs- Career Development Events. There are also four individual CDEs- including the three national speech contests in which Oklahoma has, in recent years, done very well in, as well as in something called the Job Interview competition.

Two Chapters, Kingfisher and Claremore, are representing Oklahoma in multiple CDEs. Claremore is competing in the Ag Communications CDE as well as in the Veterinary Science CDE. Kingfisher has three teams and one individual representing Oklahoma FFA. Madelyn Gerkin is the representative for Oklahoma in the Creed Speaking Contest- and Kingfisher is fielding three teams- Ag Issues, Livestock Evaluation(or Judging) and Parliamentary Procedure.

Holly Barrow is a Kingfisher FFA member who is a part of the Ag Issues team. The team has selected as the subject they are discussing in 2015 UAVs- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- otherwise known as Drones. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays watched the team practice their presentation this past week in preparation for the national event this week here in Louisville. After their practice, Hays talked with Barrow about the selection of that topic and what the members had learned, pro and con, about how drones can be used by farmers and ranchers. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear their conversation.

Barrow says that there are worries about privacy as drones can easily cross property lines- and that can be a contentious issue between neighbors. Users of drones are also having to learn how government wants to regulate their ownership and use. She adds that there are a lot of beneficial uses in agriculture for drones- and that it has proved to be a fascinating subject to study and present as a team.

The Ag Issues team from Kingfisher and many of the other CDE competitors begin their quest for a national title on Wednesday here in Louisville at a variety of venues across the city. Click here for a list of many of the Oklahoma FFA members that are involved at the National FFA Convention this week- including all 17 CDE teams and the four individuals in CDE events.

Our exclusive coverage of the 2015 National FFA Convention in Louisville is a service of ITC, Your Energy Superhighway. Learn more about ITC Great Plains, LLC by clicking here. We also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association. Click here for more information about one of the top states in the US in the FFA- the Oklahoma FFA Association. Oklahoma FFA impacts the lives of 27,154 members in 359 chapters across the state.

We are also posting pictures from the 2015 National FFA Convention- you can see all of those as we add them by going to our Flickr Album- it is available by clicking or tapping here.


Ron Hays talks with Holly Barrow of Kingfisher about the pros and cons of drones in agriculture.
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