Aaron Clark, son of Heidi Truit, Chris and Julie Clark, was one of the four national finalists for the Diversified Agricultural Production. The National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognized outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.
Aaron became eligible for the national contest after winning the Ohio state FFA contest earlier this year and will take home a $500 award plus a special plaque. Aaron worked at Loder Farms and Kick Farms, where he did both crop and livestock production for the past four years.
Aaron has worked on farmland on a 6,000 acre gain and poultry farm, he helps with fieldwork, plant beans, takes soil samples and inspects the eggs of the approximately 45,000 laying hens. At a different operation, he works with a 150 herd of crossbred dairy cows, feeding calves, hauling manure and grinding feed.
Although Aaron did not win the National Proficiency Award, he was awarded with a nine-day trip to Costa Rica. On the trip he will tour Costa Rica’s Agricultural industry, including banana, coffee, sugar, and pineapple plantations. Advisor Jaime Chenevey will accompany him on the trip in June.