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Bringing Expertise to the FFA Convention

Seeking the best and brightest role models to inspire the next generation of agricultural professionals, the National FFA recently invited several Monsanto employees to judge competitions at its national convention last week in Indianapolis, Ind.

The judges included; John Raines, Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead; Lisa Massa, U.S. Business HR Lead; Greg Bomleny, Pre-Commercial Corn Mfg Lead; Kristine Swan, Customer Facing Application Lead; Dennis Schlott, Regional Business Director; Rodd Whitney, Training Specialist; Tim Row, Fielder’s Choice Commercial Lead; and Kevin Holloway, U.S. Operations Lead.

The judges had the opportunity to interact with thousands of FFA students from across the country during the convention Oct. 19-22. Many of these students spend the entire year preparing for one or more of the dozens of contests decided at the annual convention.

Kevin Holloway, a graduate of J.F. Webb in Oxford, North Carolina, has 35 years experience in the agricultural industry. Kevin said he is honored to be recognized as a leader in agriculture and looks forward to helping shape leaders of future generations.

“It is an honor and privilege to judge these students. I am overwhelmed with the talent and commitment to agriculture by each of them. Giving back allows me to provide encouragement to FFA students who share the same passion,” said Holloway.

Judges are chosen for their experience or expertise in ag-related fields from agronomy, operations and business to environmental issues and communication. All judges must also demonstrate FFA universal values such as leadership, citizenship and cooperation.

Photograph: Kevin Holloway, center, serving as a judge at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis.

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