FFA to attend National Farm Machinery Show


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Prior to attending the farm show, Junior Grace Trammel placed first in her category at the Section 25 Proficiency contest. Her area was Specialty Crop Production – Placement, and her record book was journaled on her employment at Peony Hill Farm in Harrisburg. Agricultural Proficiency awards are based on a member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). They recognize individual skills and career-based competencies developed through multiple years of participation in Immersion type SAE projects. To be eligible to compete for an agricultural proficiency award SAEs must be agricultural in nature, fit into at least one nationally recognized agriculture, food and natural resource (AFNR) pathway and meet the description of the award area in which they apply.

Ellie Rann, Staff Writer

FFA members participate in many agricultural events year round. Their upcoming trip to Louisville, Kentucky is said to be the largest indoor farm show in the country. 

The National Farm Machinery show offers a wide selection of agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry.

“We will be learning about new ideas, equipment, and careers in agriculture along with colleges and universities at the show,” FFA advisor Chris Evans said. 

Members of FFA are looking forward to this trip because of how much they enjoyed past events with their organization.

“I attended the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana a couple months ago but have never attended the Farm Machinery Show. I’m looking forward to going on an FFA trip with my friends again,” senior Emma Myers said. 

Many of the members enjoy traveling to different events in FFA because they get to see firsthand how men and women in agriculture work in the real world. 

“Anyone can attend the event to see how different areas of FFA work,”junior Grace Trammel said. “Many different schools attend FFA events along with different companies and brands that come and set up different machines to present in the show.” 

There will also be different areas for shopping and viewing as well as booths for hands-on experiences at the farm show.

“We are also attending the tractor pull at the end of the show. I think that part will be exciting for all of us,” Myers said.

Trammel said that they hope to find out more about the wide variety of agricultural equipment and new ways to help agriculture. They also hope to just have a good time with others in the club.

“Like many other national events we attend, we will have the opportunity to see different farming equipment people use and try out new things that our club could possibly use and/or benefit from in the future,” Trammel said.