Five Buckeye Central FFA members traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts over a four day period last week to compete in the National FFA’s Eastern Regional Farm Business Management Contest. The National FFA’s Eastern Regional competition includes 18 states from the North Eastern portion of the United States.
Leaving on Thursday the group traveled to Stanfordville, New York where they toured Wheatley Farms – a 600-acre beef cattle farm managed by Travis Pope formerly of Bloomville, Ohio. Friday morning, the group then traveled up the New England countryside to visit the Eastern States Exposition (BIG E). The Big E is a regional fair playing host to a “state fair” atmosphere for six of the New England states. After much preparation and anticipation on Saturday morning the group of students participated in the National FFA’s Eastern Regional Farm Business Management Competition.
The Farm Business Management Competition tests an FFA members understanding of general business concepts and principles through an extensive testing format. Each student completed an individual test covering concepts studied in the Agriculture Business course framework. Once the individual testing procedure was completed the students then worked as group to solve complex business problems in the Team Problem Solving portion of the contest.
Saturday evening, the participants collected in a ballroom in Springfield and enjoyed a meal while they awaited the announcement of results from that morning’s contests. The moment finally came and the results were given as follows. Individual Results: 7th Place – Sam Robertson, 6th Place Paul Heydinger, 2nd Place Ray Stahl, 1st Place Amy Rietschlin. Team Results: 1st Place OHIO (Buckeye Central), 2nd Place VIRGINIA, 3rd Place PENNSYLVANIA.