Connors State College freshman, Brady Womack of the Morris FFA Chapter earned first-place honors in the 2016 Oklahoma FFA Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award area during the 90th annual Oklahoma FFA Convention on April 27.
Womack said his supervised agricultural experience includes owning and operating a poultry and livestock feed business, B-5 Enterprises. Womack expanded his feed business to show and farm supplies, and attends livestock shows and auctions to market his business.
Owning and operating B-5 Enterprises is definitely the most challenging experience I have encountered, Womack said. It is exciting to have an increase in demand, although keeping operating cash and inventory on hand can be a challenge.
Womack said, while operating his business, he has developed marketing and advertising skills, which has increased overall sales.
The agricultural sales entrepreneurship proficiency award is designed to recognize students who are involved in a supervised agricultural experience related to sale of feed, seed, fertilizer or agricultural chemicals. Students also may own businesses involving the sales of agricultural equipment, machinery or structures. Activities may include the merchandising of crops, livestock, processed agricultural commodities, horticultural or forestry items at either the retail or wholesale level.
The 20-year-old Morris FFA member is the son of Monte and Reina Womack. His agricultural education instructors and FFA advisers are Mick Clark and Bill Golden.
Womack plans to work towards his American FFA Degree and National Proficiency Award while attending Connors State College. He plans to attend Oklahoma State University and study agricultural education.
This award is sponsored on the state level by the owners of Redgate Cattle Co., Max and Debra Redgate and John and Chancey Hanson, and Livingston Machinery. The national sponsor is Crop Production Services, and the sponsor for the $1,000 state winner scholarship is Choctaw County Fair Board.
FFA is an integral part of the Agricultural Education division in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education system. With more than 27,000 members and 359 chapters, the Oklahoma FFA Association is the fourth-largest state FFA association. 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. To learn more about the Oklahoma FFA, visit okffa.org.
This award is sponsored on the state level by the owners of Redgate Cattle Co.; Max and Debra Redgate and John and Chancey Hanson, and Livingston Machinery. The national sponsor is Crop Production Services and the sponsor for the $1,000 state winner scholarship is Choctaw County Fair Board. The awards were presented during the 90th Oklahoma FFA Convention in Oklahoma City on April 27.