A roundup of FFA news for the week of Aug. 28, 2014:


WEST SALEM, Ohio — The Northwestern FFA dairy team will vie for national honors in the area of dairy cattle evaluation and management at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.

FFA members who will represent the chapter in the event include Adam Miley, Kaleb Kliner, Reiley Murphy, and Tanner Topp, coached by Rachel Topp. The chapter advisers are Dan Fulk and Heather Tegtmeier.

Participants evaluate multiple classes of dairy cattle and present oral reasons for their selections, and also work together to develop a comprehensive management plan for a farm described in a given scenario.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Blake Campbell of the Waterford, Ohio, FFA Chapter has been selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Swine Production-Entrepreneurship.

Campbell is one of only four people chosen across the country to compete for this award at the national finals held Oct. 29-Nov. 1, during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.

This is now the second year in a row for Campbell to be selected as a national proficiency finalist.

Campbell’s entrepreneurship involves raising purebred registered Berkshire, Tamworth, Hereford, Spotted and Poland China Swine. Campbell, a member of the Waterford FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Ohio FFA competition earlier this year.

His parents are Joe and Bridget Campbell of Waterford and his FFA adviser is Matt Hartline.

In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500. The national winner of the Swine Production-Entrepreneurship Award will receive an additional plaque and $500 during the national FFA convention.


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