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Local FFA Member Competes Nationally

(National FFA Organization) – Salem Sifford of the C.L. Payne FFA chapter at Liberty High School recently competed for national recognition in a career development event at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

The C.L. Payne FFA Chapter from Bealeton, VA, sent chapter member Salem Sifford to Indianapolis to vie for national honors in the area of the dairy handlers activity CDE. Allflex USA Inc. sponsors the event. Stephanie Loring, Miranda Locuratolo, and Pam Woodward are the chapter advisors. Salem earned a gold rating, placing top 10 in the nation.

The dairy handlers activity is a part of the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE. Individuals handle the cattle used for selection in the dairy cattle evaluation and management CDE. Handlers demonstrate their showmanship abilities and are awarded medals during the awards banquet held annually.  CDEs and LDEs help students develop the skills to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.  

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.

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About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 669,989 student members as part of 8,630 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at and on Facebook, Twitter and official news page of the National FFA Organization.


About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations, and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit