Kent D. Duerksen of Goessel FFA Chapter was named a national finalist in the Specialty Animal Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program in July 2010.


Kent D. Duerksen of Goessel FFA Chapter was named a national finalist in the Specialty Animal Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program in July 2010.
Four finalists competed to be named the national winner during the 83rd National FFA Convention, Oct. 20 to 23 in Indianapolis.
Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience.
Specialty Animal Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement is one of 47 FFA proficiency award categories offered at local, state and national levels. The Specialty Animal Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed and National FFA Foundation, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
Each of the four finalists will receive a plaque and $500.
The national winner of the Specialty Animal Production — Entrepreneurship/Placement received an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention.
Growing up, Kent D. Duerksen thought he might want to raise beef cattle like his father. But once the member of the Goessel FFA Chapter in Kansas learned about goats, he was hooked.  
Since joining FFA, he has kidded 165 meat and dairy goats and after buying a Boer buck, began breeding his own goats.  
From his herd, 14 champion goats have been bred, and he has sold 75 of his animals to peers in FFA and 4-H.
Duerksen is the son of Lynette and Marlo Duerksen, and his FFA adviser is John Bergin.
The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 523,309 student members — all preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture — as part of 7,487 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The National FFA Organization changed to its present name in 1988, in recognition of the growth and diversity of agriculture and agricultural education.
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, a news release said. Visit www.ffa.org for more information.