Members of the Carthage FFA Chapter in New York were one of 39 teams participating in the National FFA Milk Quality and Products Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The team was awarded a Silver emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 151 other participants. Paige Thorne received a Silver emblem, Samuel Thorne received a Silver emblem, Bobbiejhean Gordon received a Silver emblem, and Garrett Miller received a Bronze emblem.
The National FFA Milk Quality and Products CDE is a competitive event that allows students to prove their knowledge about the recognition, selection and management necessary for quality milk and dairy products. Participants must complete a written exam on milk production and marketing, evaluate milk samples for flavor and quality, identify cheeses and characteristics and complete milk acceptability tests in the team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege to represent their state at the National FFA Convention & Expo.
This event, held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, is one of many educational activities at the national convention in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 649,355 student members as part of 7,859 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.