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Mitchell FFA nursery team earns silver emblem

LOUISVILLE -- Members of the Mitchell FFA Chapter in South Dakota comprised one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and ...

LOUISVILLE - Members of the Mitchell FFA Chapter in South Dakota comprised one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky.

The team, led by adviser Jeff Hoffman, was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 147 other participants. Andrew Getty received a Silver emblem, Kaley Nolz received a Silver emblem, Abby Repenning received a Silver emblem and Kylee Geppert received a Bronze emblem.

The top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the event are sponsored by Arysta LifeScience North America Corporation, Kubota Tractor Corporation and STIHL Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive event in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Participants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, and identification of plants, disorders and equipment. Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention and Expo.

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