Roland-Story FFA members recently participated in the 2017 State FFA Convention and Contests in Ames.

Two Roland-Story FFA members, Angela Harstad and Taylor Blythe, served the chapter as official delegates at the 89th State Convention.

The purpose of the delegates were to represent the chapter in all business actions that needed attention to. This included voting on changes in the by-laws, constitution as well as the election of the new State FFA officer team.

Madelyn Arthur and Cora Twedt competed in the State Chapter Display Contest and earned a gold rating.

The purpose of the agricultural display activity is to allow a chapter the opportunity to showcase one of their activities that they sponsor during the year. Arthur and Twedt created their display on the community garden where they emphasized the goals, objectives, educational values and results of the garden.

Four members competed in the State Biotechnology Career Development Event. Chapter members who participated were Taryn Perry (who tied for first place in the general knowledge testing portion of the contest), Brayden Lester, Matthew Weaver and Jacob Sterle. The team earned a silver rating in the competition which was represented by 42 teams from around the state.

The purpose of the agricultural biotechnology career development event is to encourage FFA members to explore the diversity of the Biotechnology Industry, in terms of basic knowledge, skills and applications of biotechnology to the work place. The areas of agricultural biotechnology have important implications for the animal, plant, food and pharmaceutical industries. The event requires students to identify materials and tools common to the industry, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and management practices applied in the industry via a written exam, and make observations, draw conclusions and make decisions in evaluating aspects of biotechnology principles.

Four participated in the Agriculture Sales Competition. Chapter members who competed were Jon Sansgaard, Ben Chelsvig, Wyatt Origer and Kade Faga. The team earned a silver rating in the competition that was held in the Scheman Building at the Iowa State Center.

In the contest which had over 60 teams competing from around the state, the students had to do a collaborative sales presentation, take a general knowledge exam over sales strategies and do individual sales.

The purposes of the contest were to develop verbal, written and interactive communication skills and to discuss features and benefits of a product.