Central Hardin FFA team to compete at nationals in October

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By Anna Taylor

Six members of Central Hardin High School’s Future Farmers of America organization have qualified to compete in the Agriculture Issues Career Development event during FFA National Convention in late October in Louisville.

For the event, the team is to select a controversial topic in agriculture and research on both sides of an issue. The team prepares a 15-minute presentation, presenting both sides of the argument without a personal stance on the issue. The event ends with a six-minute round of questions from the judges about the topic.

Meagan Bishop, FFA advisor, said the chapter has never competed in this event before at nationals.

“This is just the fourth year we’ve been doing this,” she said.

The six students competing are Rebecca Mackey, Kathryn Goodman, Madeline Boyd, Erin Masterson, Leslie Langley and Hannah Sharp. The rest of the Central Hardin chapter also will travel with them to National Convention, but will not compete.

In order to qualify to compete, the team must conduct at least five forums that are documented in the portfolio that is submitted to the state office in May.

“Our issue this year was The Bluegrass Pipeline,” Bishop said. “We were fortunate to be able to present to and tour the facilities at Texas Gas Transmission in Hardinsburg where the pipeline will connect. We were also able to present to other organizations such as Hardin County Farm Bureau, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Hardin County Cattlemans’ Association, Kentucky Cattleman’s Association, Com­missioner James Comer, and many others.”

Anna Taylor can be reached at 270-505-1747 or ataylor@thenewsenterprise.com.