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Indianapolis - Winners of the 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Oct. 21 during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories.

Wisconsin winners were as follows:

Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance—Placement

Brandon Anding of the Granton FFA Chapter in Wisconsin began his SAE in the seventh grade by helping his father with garage door repairs and installations.  At first, he wasn’t allowed to work with any power tools and merely helped with holding things in place.  Now, he can install an entire door.  In addition to this experience, Anding has also competed in the Chevron DELO Tractor Restoration Competition.

Dairy Production—Placement

Erica Lynn Helmer of the Plymouth FFA Chapter is the seventh generation to work on the family farm, made up of 165 head of registered Holstein dairy cattle, 70 milking cows, 15 dry cows, 40 replacement heifers, and 40 young stock. In addition to milking and caring for the cows, Helmer shows the dairy cattle through 4-H.  She has grown to learn about genetics used to improve the herd and milk productivity.

Diversified Horticulture—Entrepreneurship/Placement

Zachary Olson of the Adams Friendship FFA Chapter works for his brother’s lawn care business, performing tasks like mowing, raking and fall cleanup. When his brother left for college, he took on more responsibility that included learning how to lay brick, construct retaining walls, install underground irrigation systems and hydroseed.

Grain Production—Placement

Josh J. Anderson of the Wisconsin Dells FFA Chapter in Wisconsin developed an interest in tractors at a young age.  When he started actually driving, he was allowed to chop stalks in the fall.  As he became older, he was given more responsibilities including planting corn and combining on his father’s farm.  Anderson looks forward to eventually becoming a production agriculturalist.  He is supported by his parents, Gina and Mark, and his FFA advisor, Dawn Gonzalez. This award is sponsored by BASF.

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