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Chambersburg FFA team places 9th at national event

November 09, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - The Chambersburg FFA competed at the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 20 to 24.

The agriculture sales team placed ninth in the nation. The team members were Casi Foster, Josh Funk, Braton Moore, Heather Hartman and team alternate Mikayla Moore.

The National FFA Agriculture Sales Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests students' abilities in agricultural sales and marketing. The students had to sell an agricultural product of their choice. The FFA members had to demonstrate a pre-plan approach, approach the customer, determine the customer's wants and needs, demonstrate the product features and benefits, handle any customer objections to the product and make the sale.

FFA team members also had a customer relations practicum of a realistic scenario portraying a customer relations problem that might occur in agriculture sales. The FFA members had to work as a team for the team sales situation in which they had to demonstrate group dynamics, problem solving, data analysis, decision making, and oral and written communication skills.

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The team had to develop all the strategies necessary to prepare to sell a given product in a face-to-face sales call. They also had to take a test on Agricultural Sales and Career designed to evaluate individual knowledge on basic sales skills.

Melinda Cordell and Ben Cashell received the American Farmer Degree.

To receive the degree, students must complete at least three years of agriculture education instruction, earn at least $7,500 and productively invest at $1,500, and work 2,250 hours on their supervised experience project.

Cordell's supervised occupational experience project was dairy herd and Cashell's supervised occupational experience project was poultry.

Lisa Shaw is the team coach.

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