FFA Agronomy team wins national championship

The City Council recognized the Natchitoches Central FFA Agronomy team that won a national championship in November. From left are sponsor Aaron Beauboeuf, Andrew Broadway, Frank Lester and Thomas Dodd. Not pictured is Kaitlyn Cormane.

By Carolyn Roy, carolyn@natchitochestimes.com, 352-3618 ext 219

Members of the FFA Agronomy Team at Natchitoches Central High School say their team is like family. That may account for the team having won a national championship at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind., in November. Mayor Lee Posey and the City Council recognized the team at the council meeting Monday. Sponsor Aaron Beaubouef said the competition covers many areas of crop science.

Teams of four students evaluate an agronomic scenario and develop a crop management plan that includes crop selection, production, problem-solving and marketing. Individually, the team members also complete an agronomic knowledge exam, identify and analyze plant and soil types, evaluate commodity quality, demonstrate pest management and equipment knowledge, and discuss an agronomic issue important to crop production. Students must demonstrate an understanding of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship while learning the fundamentals of the many fields that holistically come together to successfully produce field crops.

In a competition in which winners are separated by one or two points, the NCHS team led the second place team by 377 points.

Each team member received a $1,000 scholarship. Team members included Frank Lester, Thomas Dodd, Andrew Broadway and Kaitlyn Cormane.