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Anderson Co. High FFA members advance to national competition

Anderson County High School’s Future Farmers of America has three teams headed to the national competition.
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 7:13 PM EDT
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CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) - Anderson County High School’s Future Farmers of America has three teams headed to the national competition.

After months of hard work preparing in the spring semester students who won the state competition will advance to nationals later this year.

“It was exciting,” said Natalie Lindsay, a sophomore.

Natalie was a part of the agronomy group. Agronomy is the science of soil management and crop production. She and her team of three other students placed first in the state competition, allowing them to advance.

The two other teams that will go on are food science and environmental and natural resource. These groups faced at least a couple dozen teams from across the state.

“The overall friendliness of everybody and everybody being able to work together and competing is really fun as well,” said Shandi Dice, a sophomore.

Some of the students had to memorize plant and animal identifiers while others had to create a product using a certain type of food and present all trends, audiences, cost, nutrition and value.

“He [Phil Warfield] really pushes us,” said Tamara Heath, a senior, “Paying off for all the hard work we did.”

Two other teams placed as well. The poultry team placed third in the state. The veterinary science team placed fifth in the state.

The national competition will be held at the end of October in Indiana.

“I want these kids to remember that [with] hard work, determination and you can be successful,” said Phil Warfield, the Anderson County FFA advisor.

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