INDIANAPOLIS — Winners of the 2019 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced on Friday, Nov. 1 during the fifth general session at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo. Awards were given in 47 categories. California had the following winners:
Josh Heupel – California
Josh Heupel of the Merced-Golden Valley FFA Chapter in California was introduced to his family’s equipment fabrication operation at the age of four. He developed his passion for metal fabrication and welding. With the guidance of his family, he created new equipment for not only his family farm but for other farmers in the state. During his junior year, Heupel constructed a five-shank deep ripper to work on an orchard’s soil. He is supported by his parents, Jackie and Scott, and his FFA advisors, Cody Jacobsen, Vikki Davis, Corey Mesa and Rebecca Mendonza. Sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and Lincoln Electric.
Agriscience Research – Plant Systems
Mackenzie Camacho – California
Mackenzie Camacho of the O’Neals-Minarets FFA Chapter in California has focused her research on testing and experimenting with bacteria, fungus and fungicides in fruit production. Her first project had her testing the effectiveness of rinsing fruits and vegetables with tap water to remove bacteria, discovering that the process does not remove a significant amount. This led to focusing on a specific fungus that occurs in walnuts. Camacho is supported by her parents, Tammy and Brett, and her FFA advisors, Richard Chapman, Keeley Hall, Kristann Mattes, Kenna Sandberg, Jessica Sweet and Kaitlyn McDonough. Sponsored by National FFA Foundation & National FFA Organization.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.
— National FFA Organization
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