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 86th National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY
October 30-November 2, 2013
Press Release
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Reagan Floyd, Mary Kristin Phillips, Chasey Pulliam and Emily Carey of FrankLin County were named national winners in the Floriculture CDE. The team bested 43 other state winning teams to earn their national championship. All members of the team earned Gold individual rankings. Reagan Floyd was the high scoring individual in the nation. Phillips placed 2nd, Pulliam earned 5th, and Carey placed 8th. Their advisor is Mr. Gary Minyard.


Jacob Schindler, a member of the Lowndes FFA chapter, earned the title of 2013 American Star in Agriscience. What began as a sixth grade science fair project turned into a seven year Supervised Agricultural Experience program where he developed methods of eradicating the invasive plant kudzu using helium. Schindler is only the 5th Georgia to ever be named an American Star. His advisors are Dr. James Corbett, Mr. Quinton Hadsock and Mr. Michael Barnes. 

Brandon Poole of the Franklin County FFA Chapter worked with his agricultural education teachers to develop the skills necessary to eventually become an ag educator through an agricultural education SAE project. What began with grading papers and cleaning dry erase boards evolved into creating curriculum, lesson plans and classroom activities. His successful SAE earned him the title of national winner of the Agricultural Education Proficiency Award. His advisors are Mr. Gary Minyard, Mr. Cale Watkins and Mr. Owen Thomason.

Joseph "Knapp" Boddiford of the Southeast Bulloch FFA
chapter developed his SAE by working on his family farm, growing 2,100 acres of cotton and 850 acres of peanuts. When he began his SAE, his main duties were harrowing fields, picking peanuts and trapping feral hogs. Within four years, Boddiford was also spraying, planting, laying irrigation pipe and supervising seasonal labor. He was named the named the national proficiency award winner in the area of Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production. His advisors are Ms. Susannah Lanier and Mr. Brian Elrick.

In his placement SAE, Jonathan Mobley of the Colquitt County FFA Chapter assists with the production of cantaloupes, tomatoes and watermelons. His tasks include preparing land, applying fertilizers, planting transplants, scouting for crop maturity, operating tractors and harvesting melons. Mobley hopes to eventually become part owner of the operation. His dedication to his SAE led him to be named national proficiency award winner in the area of Fruit Production. His advisors are Ms. Adrienne Smith, Mr. Shawn Collins, Mr. Stacey Beacham, Mr. Steve Bass, Mr. Matt Howell, Mr. Gene Hart, Mr. Eddie Murray and Mr. Chad Bass. 

Cole Roper of the Franklin County FFA chapter
has grown up around his family’s broiler operation, so it made sense that he’d select it as his SAE. The farm consists of five 40- by 500-feet broiler houses. As a child, his responsibilities were limited to turning down feed spouts and removing bird carcasses. Today, he can control air flows into the houses and maintain ventilation systems while managing the entire operation while his father is away from the farm.  He was named the national proficiency award winner in the area of Poultry Production. His advisors are Mr. Gary Minyard, Mr. Cale Watkins and Mr. Owen Thomason. 

When he was in the third grade, Timothy Hubbard of the Gordon Central FFA chapter showed his first market lamb – named the Terminator. Spending time in the barn and show ring sparked his interest, so two years later he lambed out his first set of lambs with five ewes. Today, his flock includes more than 40 ewes and ewe lambs and four rams. Hubbard plans to raise sheep for the rest of his life and hopes his children love it as much as he does. He earned the title of national winner in the proficiency area of Sheep Production. His advisor is Ms. Melissa Hubbard.

Agriscience National Winners

Caleb Bond & William Gilbert - Franklin County
Environmental Sciences/Natural Resources Systems Division IV
Callie Warren - Lowndes
Food Products & Processing Systems Division I
Chance Hingson - Lowndes
Plant Systems Division I
Alyssa Owens - Sonoraville
Social Systems Division I

Top 10 CDE Finishes
2nd - Agricultural Mechanics - Banks County
2nd ind - Travis Cook
8th ind. - Chris Crump

2nd - Creed Speaking - Laura Alton, North Murray
2nd - Nursery/Landscape - Perry
5th ind. - Brandon Crosby
7th ind. - Zack Wilson

4th - Job Interview - Stephanie Hilburn (Madison County)
4th - Marketing Plan - Colquitt County

6th - Agricultural Communications - Franklin County
6th - Environmental & Natural Resources - Banks County
6th - Parliamentary Procedure - Franklin County
7th - Dairy Evaluation - White County


Nine Georgians were recognized during the convention for their support of agricultural education and the FFA. Mr. Melvin Thompson (Tifton) was recognized with the National FFA VIP Citation. Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black (Commerce), Dr. Curtis Borne (Ft. Valley), Mr. Sam Bowen (Glascock County), Mr. Mark Camp (Concord), Mr. Chuck Joiner (Central of Carroll), Mr. David More (Alamo), Mr. Ira Tucker (Ocilla), and Mr. Cecil Worley (Homer) each received the Honorary American FFA Degree. 

Georgia led the nation in number of national proficiency award finalists with 28!
Click here for a complete list of finalists.

52 American Degree Recipients

Band/Chorus/Talent Participants
Band - Chloe Thomason (Franklin County)
Chorus - Matthew McCarty (Alexander)
Talent - Kayla Carver (Dutchtown), Landon Rowe (Irwin County) & Matt Dylan Thompson (Screven County)



Georgia Agricultural Education Program Manager and State FFA Advisor, Mr. John "Chip" Bridges retired from the National FFA Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the governing body of the National FFA Organization. Mr. Bridges will officially retire in June 2014, after serving the FFA on a national level for three years.  


This year, Georgia FFA was represented on the chapter level by many successful chapters in the Models of Innovation, as well as eleven 3-Star Chapters.

East Jackson was the Models of Innovation finalist in the Chapter Development category.

Our National 3-Star Chapters were East Jackson, Etowah, Locust Grove, Madison County, Malcom Bridge Middle, Pelham Middle, Southeast Bulloch, Screven County, Thomson, Wilbanks Middle, and Winder-Barrow. Click here for a complete list of National Chapter Award results.