SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Matthew Durbin, member of the Shelbyville FFA Chapter, received the Diversified Crop Production-Placement proficiency award on June 14 at the Illinois FFA Convention. The convention is being held June 14-16 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
The awards are sponsored by the Illinois Foundation FFA and the National FFA Foundation. Durbin was recognized on stage and received a plaque and a $250 cash award.
Durbin advanced as a winner at the chapter, section, and district levels. As the state winner, he advances to compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October.
Selection of state award winners is based on the student's records of their supervised agricultural experience program as part of their high school agriculture education classes. The proficiency award areas range from traditional production such as beef, crops, and swine to agribusiness areas such as nursery operations, agricultural processing, and agricultural sales.
More than 3,500 FFA members, advisors, parents, and guests will participate in the 83rd Illinois Association FFA Convention. There are 16,500 members in 301 different FFA chapters in the State of Illinois. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization preparing students for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.