Carson P. Vinyard, 19, of the Altus FFA Chapter in Oklahoma was named the national winner of the Diversified Crop Production - Placement Proficiency award program at the 86tgh National FFA Convention held Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. Diversified Crop Production - Placement is one of 49 FFA proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels. Diversified Crop Production - Placement proficiency award program is sponsored by Crop Production Services and National Cro0p Insurance Services, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Vinyard will become the fourth generation of his family to farm and raise cotton and wheat in Southwest Oklahoma. He has proved to be a source in innovation and progress on the family’s 14,000 acre farm. He has helped install and design drip irrigation lines on 1,600 acres. He’s also worked to implement GPS systems to improve efficiency while cutting production costs. Vinyard is supported by his parents Cindy and Sam and his FFA advisors Bruce Farquhar and J.C. Stafford.