Adam Cope, a 2011 Marion High School graduate, is competing for a national proficiency award this week at the Future Farmers of America national conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
As a member of Marion-Florence FFA Chapter, Cope won the Kansas FFA competition in the Beef Production Placement category this past spring. Cope’s project was judged against other state winners, and was one of four chosen for the national competition.
Beef Production Placement is one of 47 categories of “supervised agricultural experiences” that provide FFA members opportunities for planned, practical activities to develop and apply agricultural knowledge and skills learned inside the classroom.
Cope had to submit an extensive application relating his experience working for Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Co. near Florence to more than 70 competencies in beef production management. Cope will participate in an interview process in Indianapolis to determine the national champion.
Cope will receive a plaque and $500 at the convention for being a national finalist. He will receive an additional $500 if he wins the competition.