INDIANAPOLIS – Members of the Blanco FFA Chapter in Texas were one of 40 teams participating in the National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. The team, led by advisor Jason Marek, was awarded a Bronze emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 156 other participants. Jace Ammons received a Silver emblem, Colton Childress received a Silver emblem, Skylar Itz received a Silver emblem, and Kyle Sauceda received a Bronze emblem.
The top ten individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the environmental and natural resources event are sponsored by The Mosaic Company, Smithfield Foods and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources CDE is a competitive event that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. This event focuses on testing students’ problem solving and decision making skills in environmental and natural resources. These areas concentrate on soil profiles, water and air quality, waste management, environmental analysis, and use of global positioning units. Each team competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing their home state at the National FFA Convention & Expo. The event, held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members practice the lessons learned in agricultural education classes.