Bulletin Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Brownwood FFA Nursery and Landscape Career Development Team placed 10th at the event held in conjunction with the 80th National FFA Convention here recently.

Brownwood team members Chris Smith, E.J. Davilla, Josh Westerman and Tyler Kemp competed against 40 other teams from across the nation.

Winners were announced at the annual awards banquet. The event was held in conjunction with the 80th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Alan McDaniel of Virginia served as superintendent of this year’s event.

The National FFA Nursery and Landscape Career Development Event is a competitive activity in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping, Denzil Flood, Brownwood High School ag science instructor, said. Contestants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance.

Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, disorders, and equipment. Each team competed on local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention.

This event is one of many educational activities at the National FFA Convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event used plant materials donated and loaned by area merchants in the Indianapolis, Ind. area. The

event was held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Nursery and Landscape event held during the last week of October is sponsored by Arysta LifeScience North America of San Francisco, Calif., Kubota Tractor Corporation of Torrance, Calif., and STIHL Inc. of Virginia Beach, Va.