Jones is state winner in diversified horticulture proficiency award area

Jones is state winner in diversified horticulture proficiency award area


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 22, 2022 – Trenton Jones of Higginsville, Missouri, won the Missouri FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Jones, a graduate of Lafayette County C-I High School, is a member of the Higginsville FFA Chapter. He is the son of Chris and Christy Jones. His chapter advisors are Adam Brock, Stephanie Carpenter and Savannah Taylor.


Jones’ supervised agricultural experience program consisted of a placement position at C&M Farms’ greenhouse and running his own house plant store, Trent’s Tropicals. At C&M Farms, Jones ensures the greenhouse plants are properly cared for through fertilization, irrigation, and temperature control. He also assists customers with finding the right kind of plants. Jones started Trent’s Tropicals in his backyard by selling plants on social media and eventually expanded. He works with a supplier to source exotic plants and meet demand.


As an FFA member, Jones served as Missouri State FFA vice president. He was awarded the Missouri State FFA Nursery Operations Proficiency Award and State FFA Leadership Camp Leadership Medal. He served in the National FFA Convention Courtesy Corps and the State FFA Convention Courtesy Corps. He participated in the FFA knowledge leadership development event at the state level, parliamentary procedure LDE at the area level, and employment skills LDE at the district level. He has served as his chapter’s reporter and Area 6 historian. 


In addition to FFA, Jones is involved in Science Olympiad, LifeSmarts, and Higginsville Youth reflecting Realistic Opportunities. He was also awarded the Eagle Scout Award by Boy Scouts of America.


Jones currently attends Northwest Missouri State University, studying agricultural business and plant science. Jones hopes to expand his SAE and one day open his own greenhouse and nursery.


Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Diversified horticulture is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The agriculture department at Mineral Area College sponsored this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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