May 2011
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FFA Today: Falkville’s Cody Smith, Forest Management Award Finalist

Cody Smith is a 2009 graduate of Falkville High School and is currently working on a business degree from Wallace State College. Cody began his Supervised Agricultural Experience program as an 8th grader at Falkville High School. He chose the area of Forest Management and Products because he worked with his father, Daniel Smith, owner and operator of Smith Logging in Falkville.

Cody began working in this area at a very young age. At that time, he only retrieved tools and refueled chainsaws, but since then he has learned how to operate machinery, acquired necessary safety skills and learned how to manage timberland to appropriate standards to meet the landowner’s needs. Some of the things he learned about included tree species and diseases, lumber grades and harvesting methods.

 

Cody Smith (left) was one of the four national finalists in the Forest Management and Products-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency award program at the 83rd National FFA Convention, October 20-23, 2010, in Indianapolis, IN. He was a member of Falkville FFA Chapter.

His interest in this area increased with the opportunity to operate large technologically-advanced equipment. Not only was it important to know how to operate machinery, he also had to know how to financially manage the business. With this goal in mind, he has studied and implemented Best Management Practices.

Cody served as a member of Falkville’s state champion forestry team and competed at the national level as an active member. He also served on their Ag Mechanics team and was the 2008-09 Chapter President.

Cody was named a national finalist in the Forest Management and Products-Entrepreneurship/ Placement Proficiency in July, 2010, from approximately 40 applicants nationwide. Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excelled as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while they gained hands-on career experience. This proficiency award is one of 47 categories offered at local, state and national levels.

National finalists are considered the top four proficiency applicants in the nation and a winner is selected from these four through an interview process at the National FFA Convention which was held October 20-23 in Indianapolis, IN. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four selected received a plaque and $500.

Cody was the second national finalist to have ever been chosen from Falkville High School.

His plans are to continue to work with his father in their logging operation, obtain his business degree from Wallace and continuing to manage their logging operation, eventually fully taking over following his father’s retirement.

Cody is the son of Laurie and Daniel Smith, and his FFA advisor is Shane Bryan.

Brandon Shane Bryan is the Agriscience teacher at Falkville High School.