Farm Talk

October 2, 2012

Local FFA members to compete nationally


Parsons, Kansas — A local FFA chapter recently was selected to compete for national recognition in a career development event at October’s 85th National FFA Convention.

The Labette County FFA Chapter will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of Agricultural Communications. National support for the Agricultural Communications CDE is provided by the National FFA Foundation. FFA members who will represent the chapter in the contest include: Jenna Bogner, Austin Ryan and Orren Taylor. The chapter advisors are Jeff Falkenstien, Dustin Wiley and Kyle Zwahlen. Emily Zwahlen coaches the team.

Agricultural Communications is one of 25 career development event areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. The three-member team is challenged in all areas of the agricultural communications field. Participants attend a press conference; utilize information gathered in a team activity and complete individual practicums in design, electronic media and design. Students are also tested on editing and other communication skills. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

“This event supports student development of sound communication principles to become strong assets to the agricultural industry in the future,” said Melissa Dunkel, CDE education specialist.

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 540,739 student members—preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture—as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agriculture education. 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. Visit for more information.£