North Union Agronomy Team earns national title


Pictured above are members of the North Union Agronomy team at the recent National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. Team members are, from left to right, Avery Zwayer, Kaylee Smith Joel Krebehenne and Dean Wolfe. (Photo submitted)

North Union has earned its sixth National FFA title as the agronomy team recently placed first at the National Convention in Indianapolis.
The North Union FFA Agronomy Career Development Event (CDE) team is comprised of Joel Krebehenne, Kaylee Smith, Dean Wolfe and Avery Zwayer, according to information provided by the school.
Agronomy is the science and technology of producing crops for food, fiber and fuel. FFA CDEs are competitive events that build on skills learned in the agriculture education classroom and prepare students for careers.
The team placed first out of the 36 state championship teams participating in this event. The team earned a trip to the national convention by winning a state championship last spring.
Each team members received top honors individually, placing in the top five overall spots in the nation, and each received $1,000.
A release indicates the team practiced at least four days a week after and during school with coach Jared Evans, learning how to select and evaluate crops, identify seeds, identify diseases, identify tools and farm machinery, and crop and seed analysis. The two-day competition included a presentation on agricultural issues, a team activity and a test.
This is North Union’s fifth National Championship under the direction of Evans. North Union FFA advisors are Tom Jolliff and Breck Mooneyham.
Bailee Amstutz, also a member of the North Union FFA, placed second in the nation with her FFA science fair project. Her project was in the area of social systems.
She researched the perception of Ohio high school students on the taste of lamb from the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

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