Future Farmers of America take away more than ribbons, trophies from Ag Sales contest

MINOT, N.D. - Today hundreds of North Dakota teenagers vied for gold at the state Future Farmers of America (FAA) Career Development Events. One of the competitions is Agriculture sales.

Nearly 350 students from FFA chapters throughout the state came together for the annual Career Development Events.

Dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing leadership and career skills through agricultural education, this is one of many competitions they can participate in.

"I have a passion for this organization because it teaches young individuals to be incredible leaders, to be the leaders of our nation and our world for tomorrow," said Brianna Maddock, 6-year FFA student.

For those involved in agriculture sales, this event, which many say is a jump start to their future, is also a competition they prepare for all year around.

"My first sell I was high strung about it just nervous and today I'm just calmer than can be," said Aaron Hushka, 1st-year FFA student.

The Ag sales contest includes an individual test and sales and a team event. Each participant sales anything from machinery to mechanic services. But, the key is also to be able to sell your brand, a skill that can be used in any career field.

"I think the great thing about the Ag sales contest is that it provides real life skills that are going to benefit these kids no matter what they pursue in their careers," said Brooke Theil, FFA advisor.

But only one chapter can take the Ag Sales glory home.

"We're going to Nationals!" said Kindred North Dakota FFA Chapter.

Thanks to contests like this, though, all the FFA students take home their own version of glory with the skills they learn.

If you have a student interested in FFA, you can find out more information and a local chapter on its website: http://www.ndffa.org/index.html