Nora Beresik of Fort Loramie has been named the Ohio state winner of the 2020 Growmark essay contest for FFA members. The theme of this year’s contest was “Describe the ‘Farmer of the Future.’ What tools or skills will he or she need to be successful?”
In her contest entry, Beresik said, “Farmers across America can agree that the future of agriculture will require a different approach to farming. With a smaller amount of younger-generation farmers entering the field, the future of agriculture lies in fewer hands. Therefore, the willingness to adapt one’s operation to incorporate the tools of new digital technology and advancements in research is vital.”
Beresik is a student at Fort Loramie High School and a member of the Fort Loramie-Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter. Her FFA advisor is Matt Pleiman.
Awards for winner and her FFA chapter
As the contest winner, Beresik will receive a $500 award from Growmark at the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus in April. The Fort Loramie-UVCC FFA Chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment.
Four Ohio runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters and locations are: Shawna Barr, Hillsdale FFA Chapter, Ashland; Olivia Coppler, Carey FFA Chapter, Carey; Jesse Cramer, Carrollton FFA Chapter, Carrollton; and Cassidy Mrakuzic, Black River FFA, Homerville.
This is the 27th year for the program, which is sponsored by the Growmark system and FS member cooperatives in conjunction with state FFA leaders. Its purpose is to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.