The winner of the State Landscape Management Proficiency is Jantz Jenkins of the Madison FFA Chapter. Jenkins was recognized at the 83rd annual State FFA Convention.
A member of the Madison FFA Chapter, Jantz Jenkins began working with his father in his lawn care business. So, it came naturally that his Supervised Agricultural Experience would be in the area of Landscape Management. Jenkins learned how to operate all kinds of lawn care equipment, including weed eaters, blowers, edgers, and mowers. As he grew, he began to be offered more responsibility. Jenkins is proud of the progress that he has made through his SAE project and the lessons that he has been able to learn along the way. He plans to one day take over the business for his father.
Other finalists in the Landscape Management Proficiency area were Frankie Hunsberger of the New Smyrna Beach FFA Chapter, Dillon Nix of the Kathleen FFA Chapter, and Austin Trinder of the South Lake FFA Chapter. The winner of the Landscape Management Proficiency area received a $200 check and a plaque; his agriculture teacher received a $100 check. The finalists were awarded with plaques. Florida Nursery Growers & Landscape Association generously sponsored this proficiency area.
Jenkins also received a $250 check from the national sponsor and will now go on to compete against other state winners. The national sponsors of this award are Tractor Supply Company and John Deere.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members, as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agriculture education. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. For more information visit www.flaffa.org or contact:
Florida FFA Association
P.O. Box 141570Gainesville, Florida 32614