MOUNT OLIVE – More than 400 high school students recently attended the NC FFA Statewide event held at Mount Olive University. Students participated in three career development events: Farm Sales, Farm Business Management and Marketing Plan.
Farm Business Management, Farm Sales and Marketing Career Development Events assess FFA members’ knowledge and ability to manage farm operations, market farm products and services, and sell farm products in applying economic and agrifood principles. Farm business management competitors are tested on economic principles and problem-solving analysis to assess students’ ability to apply learned skills to real-life situations.
FFA members who participated in CDE Ag Sales were judged on a five-minute sales presentation and assessed on their knowledge of a given product, as well as their ability to address customer needs and concerns.
“Through this competition, FFA members are learning valuable interpersonal skills,” said Dr. Jason Davis, assistant dean of UMO’s School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “The event teaches students how to problem solve, communicate effectively, and work individually and as a team to sell products using real examples and scenarios.”
“It’s exciting to see blue jackets, FFA members and agricultural education teachers from across the state participate in these important FFA career development events in North Carolina,” said Edward Olive. , director of the agro-food center of the school of agriculture and biological sciences at UMO. “Events like these provide opportunities for UMO faculty, staff and students to work together in support of FFA members.”
The winners of the one-day event will be recognized at the State FFA Convention to be held in Raleigh June 21-23, 2022. The winning chapters will advance to participate in the National FFA Convention & Expo to be held in Indianapolis, Ind. ., in October.