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Plant Sciences Sophomore Retires as North Dakota State FFA President

Department of Plant Sciences sophomore Brianna Maddock is ending a busy year as the North Dakota State FFA president. She will present her retiring address during the Sixth Session of the 90th ND FFA State Convention on June 6.
Plant Sciences Sophomore Retires as North Dakota State FFA President

Brianna Maddock

May 31, 2019

Department of Plant Sciences sophomore Brianna Maddock is ending a busy year as the North Dakota State FFA president. She will present her retiring address on June 6, 2019 during the Sixth Session of the 90th ND FFA State Convention in Bentsen Bunker Field House at North Dakota State University. She is from Davenport, ND and is a member of the Kindred FFA Chapter. The convention will be held June 3-6, 2019.

Maddock is majoring in food science and is advised by Dr. Clifford Hall III. She says her interest in food science and agricultural research came from participation in the FFA Agriscience Fair. “I conducted multiple original research studies related to agriculture and I have desired to continue to impact the agriculture industry ever since,” she said.

Maddock’s interest in agricultural research made NDSU a natural choice for her college education. She became comfortable with the campus while attending the state FFA conventions and she enjoys studying food science because it combines her interest in science with her desire to work in the agricultural industry.  

The Department of Plant Sciences supports the State FFA Convention by coordinating two competitions. Dr. Todd West, assistant dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Natural Resources, and woody plant improvement project leader, coordinates the Nursery/Landscape CDE (Career Development Event) and research specialist Barbara Laschkewitsch coordinates the Floriculture CDE.

West says, “We welcome ND FFA to NDSU and value our relationship with this great organization. Students who have been involved in FFA and choose to attend NDSU bring exceptional skills that benefit their educational and career choices, particularly those who are interested in the areas of agriculture, natural resources and food science.”

During her years participating in FFA, Maddock served as a chapter officer for three years, including serving as president during her senior year. She won the National Agriscience Fair in the area of Power, Structural and Technical Systems; was named the State Star in Agriscience; and placed third in the National Employment Skills CDE. She was also a member of two state champion teams, the Agricultural Sales CDE Team, which placed 4th nationally, and the Agricultural Communications CDE Team, which placed 14th nationally. Additionally, she also was named one of twenty U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education in 2018. She says that this prestigious award was a direct result of her involvement in agricultural education and FFA.

At NDSU, Maddock is a Bison Ambassador, an Ag Ambassador and is a member of the Agriculture Collective and the Crossroads Lutheran Campus Ministry. She is currently a quality assurance intern at Abbiamo Pasta Company in Casselton, ND and her future career plans are to work in agricultural research at a university or in the agricultural industry. She hopes to work in decreasing food waste in production and consumption. 

Three other state FFA officers also attend NDSU, Treasurer Billie Lentz, Sentinel Lucas Rath and Parliamentarian Jacy Hauge.

For more information on the ND FFA and State Convention, see http://www.ndffa.org/.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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