The Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Agriculture Sales Team placed third at the State Agricultural Sales Career Development Event on Saturday, March 3, in Columbus. Ashley Buhrow, Micah Mensing, Logan Bahnsen and Austin Schimming competed in the Career Development Event comprised of an objective test, sales demonstration and customer relations practicum. The test is designed to assess the team members’ understanding of the sales process and the role selling plays in marketing agriculture products. The sales demonstration assesses the team member’s ability to properly develop and sell an agricultural product to a customer and properly conclude the sales transaction.
To earn a trip to the state-level competition, the team won the district competition Feb. 16 at Bowling Green High School. Mensing was top individual overall, while Schimming placed fourth, Buhrow fifth and Bahnsen eighth overall.
Buhrow was representing Kalmbach Feeds during the Beef Expo selling her Show Steer Feed. Mensing represented Umbarger Feeds while selling his Show Lamb Feed at a Club Lamb Sale. Bahnsen sold on behalf of Bahnsen Broadheads marketing archery broadheads to hunters at a local hunting club. Schimming was representing NAPA Auto Parts selling a socket tool set at a local hardware convention. Buhrow was third individual overall, Mensing placed 13th, Bahnsen was 28th, and Schimming was 51st overall.
The practicum consisted of the participant interacting with a customer to determine how to help with a complaint. This year the students were acting as if they were sales’ interns for a cattle genetics company. The customer raised Charolais cattle (a white breed) and they had purchased what they thought was Charolais semen, but when their cow gave birth the calf was red. Their goal was to find a solution to the customer’s problem and deal with this customer the best way possible. Each team member competes separately in these three events and then each individual score is totaled for an overall team score.
The team will be receiving their state awards on stage at the State FFA Convention in May.
The Oak Harbor/Penta FFA advisors are Noah Neiderhouse and Krysteena Brown.