Adam Cope of the Marion-Florence FFA chapter, has been selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Beef Production-Place?ment.
Cope is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals in October during the FFA national convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishing a new business, working for an existing company or gaining hands-on career experience.
The Beef Production-Placement award is one of 47 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.
Cope became eligible for the national award after winning the Kansas state FFA competition earlier this year.
In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500.
The national winner of the Beef Production-Placement award will receive an additional $500 during the national FFA convention.
Cope works for Doyle Creek Land and Cattle Co. near Florence. His responsibilities include feeding, checking and working with the cattle. He mends fence, cleans barns, burns pastures and performs other tasks as needed.
Cope has expanded his knowledge of the industry by leasing pastures and managing his own herd during summer months.
Cope, son of Clinton and Sarah Cope, plans to attend K-State to earn a degree in animal science. His FFA adviser is Mark Meyer.