March 12, 2015

(TRENTON, NJ) ― A New Jersey FFA Floral Design competition and flower and plant displays will highlight the 38th annual New Jersey FFA Horticultural Exposition 10 a.m. March 13 at Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus in West Windsor.

FFA members from around the state will participate in the FFA Floral Design Career Development Event at 10 a.m. The students will be provided with floral materials to create two floral arrangements and asked to calculate the retail cost of one of the arrangements based on the cost of labor, materials and supplies. The arrangements from the event will then be sold to the public during the weekend.

Students enrolled in agricultural education programs at 23 high schools and two middle schools from across New Jersey will gather for the exposition Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. During the two-day event, students will compete for prizes in three divisions – Horticulture, Arrangement and Permanent. More than 800 entries have been registered and floral industry experts will determine the winners of each class, as well as choose a Best of Division for each. The entries will be showcased on campus through Saturday, March 14. The Expo is the largest event of its kind in the state.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education is a systematic program of instruction available to students interested in learning about the science, business, and technology of the agricultural industry. A complete Agricultural Education program is composed of three components: classroom/laboratory instruction, individual supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, and FFA, which focuses on leadership, personal and career development.

The New Jersey FFA Association in the New Jersey Department of Agriculture has more than 2,600 members statewide, who are preparing for careers and leadership in the agriculture industry.

The Floral Design competition and FFA Horticultural Exposition will take place starting at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13 at Mercer County Community College – West Windsor Campus, Fitness Center, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550.

More information is available on the web at www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov.

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