Youth Agricultural Competitions
Formerly known as the WV FFA Business Plan Competition, these events encourage high school students from all over West Virginia to use their creativity in designing either an agricultural-based business in the Entrepreneurship Competition or develop a communication strategy to market a local business in the Communications Competition. These competitions teach students critical thinking skills by looking at the nuts and bolts of their respective fields with the culmination taking place at the West Virginia Small Farm Conference in February.
The business plan is based on the Lean Canvas model, which encourages focusing on the logic behind the business development and finding critical aspects to success. The students work with mentors, which provide feedback on the developing plan, through various checkpoints in the competition. Successfully making it to the third stage gives students the opportunity to present their Lean Canvas to professionals, who decide on the Best Pitch and the Best Business Plan. These awardees receive certificates and monetary prizes towards starting their businesses.
Did you know that 90% Of Startups Fail?Competition Deadlines for 2016-2017 Learn About Lean Canvas (PowerPoint) The Canvas Instruction Sheet Competition Finals Rubric (Excel)
Financial SheetsStart Up Costs (Excel) Break Even Analysis (Excel) Cash Flow (Excel)
(The first competition took place at the 2016 WV Small Farm Conference)
The purpose of the agricultural communications career development event is to provide individuals with practical communications skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in agricultural communications. Public communications about agricultural products, practices and policies are essential to the future of agriculture. Students who are equipped with strong communication skills, have developed teamwork skills and who can use a variety of media to help the public understand issues related to the industry of agriculture have a bright future in the job market.