National Event Winners — Agricultural Issues Forum 2017

The National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Leadership Development Event is a competitive event that tests students’ knowledge of agricultural issues and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Published on October 30, 2017 4:32PM


INDIANAPOLIS- Winners of the National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Leadership Development Event (CDE) were announced Friday at the annual awards banquet.

The event was held in

conjunction with the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Dr. Stacy Vincent from University of Kentucky served as superintendent of the event.

The members of the top four teams in the nation received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the agricultural issues forum event are sponsored by Elanco Animal Health and Syngenta. Elanco Animal Health is proud to sponsor the Agricultural Issues Forum Career Development Event. Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and food-animal production in more than 70 countries around the world.

The National FFA Agricultural Issues Forum Leadership Development Event is a competitive event that tests students’ knowledge of agricultural issues and evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. To qualify for the agricultural issues forum LDE, teams must design a presentation that addresses multiple viewpoints of a contemporary agricultural issue and present it to a number of audiences in their community. For the national event, they present a portfolio based on their local audiences’ feedback and deliver their presentation to a panel of judges.

This event, held at the Westin in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention & Expo in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.

National Event Winners - Agricultural Issues Forum 2017

Top Placing Teams

1st Place-- California Yamilett Diaz, Anaely Marquez, Fabian Rodriguez, Arath Chavez-Lepe, Claire Nelson, and Kaleb Roberson, all of Galt FFA

2nd Place-- Texas Morgan Manning, Bethany Bullard, Matthew Longoria, Malinda Caperton, Landi Shipper, and Averie Sims, all of Madisonville FFA

3rd Place-- Tennessee Madison Phillips, Eli Dotson, Richard Bryant, Karlee Wakefield, Gunnar Terhune, Mae Ruhlander, and Erin Wakefield, all of Fayetteville City FFA

4th Place-- Ohio Emma Dearth, Noah Smith, Jullian Scott, Paige Hinton, Aaron Sharp, and Harrison Poor, all of Amanda-Clearcreek FFA

Team Emblems Listed

Gold Emblem Teams

Galt FFA, CA Amanda-Clearcreek FFA, OH

Fayetteville City FFA, TN Madisonville FFA, TX

Silver Emblem Teams

Strawberry Crest FFA, FL American Falls FFA, ID

Labette County FFA, KS Paris FFA, MO

Corvallis FFA, MT Rock County FFA, NE

Wells FFA, NV Stillwater FFA, OK

West Central FFA, SD Dixie FFA, UT

Pomeroy FFA, WA Cheyenne Frontier FFA, WY

Bronze Emblem Teams

Delta Junction FFA, AK Buckeye Union FFA, AZ

Smyrna FFA, DE Osage FFA, IA

Pittsfield FFA, IL Shenandoah FFA, IN

Madisonville North Hopkins FFA, KY Tuscarora FFA, MD

Cassopolis FFA, MI Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA, MN

Booneville FFA, MS Madison FFA, NC

Winnisquam FFA, NH Freehold FFA, NJ

Hobbs FFA, NM Tri-Valley FFA, NY

Imbler FFA, OR West Perry FFA, PA

Turner Ashby FFA, VA Shullsburg FFA, WI

Tucker FFA, WV



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