Nick placed first in Ohio FFA in May in the Swine Placement Proficiency Award, Nick’s application was sent to the National FFA in July for review. In August, Nick was named a Top 4 National FFA Swine Placement Proficiency Finalist in the United States. At the National FFA Convention Nick’s application was reviewed and a panel of judges interviewed Nick, as a result he was named the National FFA Swine Placement Proficiency Winner.
His SAE consist of working on Rutschilling Brothers Farms where he assists with all aspects of the operation from grinding feed, to applying manure to process baby pigs. He is currently farming full time. Nick has accumulated over 3,600 hours in the past three years of his SAE.
While in FFA, Nick participated in General Livestock Judging, Soil Judging, Tractor Trouble Shooting, attended State and National FFA Convention, FFA Camp and helped conduct numerous chapter and community service activities. He completed a 20-plus page swine placement proficiency application that included goals, resume, pictures, skills and competencies gained as well as records of his hours worked.
Nick’s proficiency award was sponsored nationally by Kemin and Sunglo Feeds/Akey Feeds as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. He joins an elite group of Versailles FFA members who have won National FFA Proficiency awards. Past national winners from Versailles FFA include Steve Buschur, Todd Schmitmeyer, Curt Goubeaux, Chelsey Kesier, Darren Rismiller and Elizabeth Heitkamp Coons.
The National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Proficiency Awards program recognizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hand-on career experience. It serves as the award structure for an FFA member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience (mandatory for all FFA members) that is designed to develop specialized skills in 49 categories that they can apply toward their future careers. Awards, like Swine Production Placement Award, are available at local, state and national levels.
Rutschilling received a $1,000 award plus a special plaque for being named the National FFA Swine Placement Proficiency Award Winner. A special thanks to Dr. Bill Minton and Jeff Wuebker for helping work with Nick in preparation for the National FFA interviews.