August 16, 2018/National FFA Organization – A local FFA chapter was recently selected to compete for national recognition in a career development event at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 24-27.
The Big Walnut – DACC FFA Chapter from Sunbury, Ohio will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of Food Science & Technology. Kerry Taste and Nutrition and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association sponsor the event. FFA members who will represent the chapter include Faye Dean, Ben Kessler, Lex Marvin, and Alex Parsio. Jeffrey Stimmell is the chapter advisor and the team is coached by Dr. Mary Kay Pohlschneider.
In preparation for this event, students have been working throughout the summer with industry professionals to learn skills needed by professionals in this in-demand field. Team members have been preparing for the event by studying reference materials and reviewing FDA and USDA standards for food processing. The team also completed a training exercise at The Ohio State University with faculty in the Department of Food Science & Technology in July.
Food science and technology is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Participants take an objective test, design and formulate or reformulate a simulated food product, practice quality assurance principles, conduct a sensory analysis and apply food safety and sanitation principles. CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
About National FFA Foundation The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.
Information for this story was provided by Jeffrey Stimmell, DACC Satellite Instructor for Agricultural Sciences, Big Walnut Local Schools.