In her contest entry, Beresik said: “Farmers across America can agree that the future of agriculture will require a different approach to farming. With a smaller amount of younger generation farmers entering the field, the future of agriculture lies in fewer hands. Therefore, the willingness to adapt one’s operation to incorporate the tools of new digital technology and advancements in research is vital.”
Beresik is a student at Fort Loramie High School and a member of the Fort Loramie-UVCC FFA chapter. Her FFA advisor is Matt Pleiman.
As the contest winner, Beresik will receive a $500 award from GROWMARK at the Ohio FFA State Convention in Columbus, held in April. The Fort Loramie-UVCC FFA chapter will also receive a $300 award in honor of her accomplishment.
Four state runners-up will each receive a $125 award. The runners-up and their FFA chapters are, in alphabetical order: Shawna Barr, Hillsdale FFA Chapter, Ashland, Ohio; Olivia Coppler, Carey FFA Chapter, Carey, Ohio; Jesse Cramer, Carrollton FFA Chapter, Carrollton, Ohio; and Cassidy Mrakuzic, Black River FFA, Homerville, Ohio.
This is the 27th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders, to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues in agriculture, and understand the unique role of cooperatives.