The national FFA proficiency award applications were judged in Indianapolis this week. The results have been announced, and I’m proud to report that Georgia has 12 students selected as National Finalists. Georgia sent 45 state winning proficiency applications for national judging. In addition to the 12 named as National Finalists, 11 more earned a national Gold ranking, 9 earned a Silver ranking and 5 earned a Bronze ranking.


National Finalists

Ag Mechanics Energy Systems – William Brandon May (Tift County)

Ag Sales – Entrepreneurship – DJ Huff (Oglethorpe County)

Ag Sales – Placement – Colten VanMeter (Pickens County)

Beef Production – Placement – Jason Neal (Franklin County)

Diversified Crop Production – Brandon Porter (Franklin County)

Diversified Livestock Production – Placement – Ethan Phillips (Franklin County)

Environmental/Natural Resources – Ben Bennett (Lowndes County)

Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production – Randall Ellis (Early County)

Forest Management & Products – Zach Dalton (White County)

Poultry Production – Justin Cochran (Franklin County)

Swine Production – Entrepreneurship – Kalie Hall (Franklin County)

Swine Production – Placement – Ronald Tye Wynn (Colquitt County)


A complete set of results is attached. The 12 national finalists will be recognized at the National Convention in Indianapolis, and will have an opportunity to be named national winners.


Congratulations to each of these students who represented Georgia!



Ben Lastly

Executive Secretary

Georgia FFA Association

316 Poultry Science - UGA

Athens, GA 30602

Phone: (706) 552-4456

Fax: (706) 552-4458

Website: www.georgiaffa.org