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Monday, May 10, 2010

Garden Expert P. Allen Smith Coaches FFA Team at PLANET Event

Garden and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith led the Washington County High School FFA team as they competed against 59 college teams in the Landscape Plant Installation event at this year’s Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days held in Atlanta on April 10.

Smith, a nationally renowned gardening expert, host of two television shows, and author of multiple books, also gave the keynote speech to the 883 college students in attendance during the events, which featured competitions among students in landscaping, arboriculture and horticulture.

“To lead this team of talented young people and teach them about the industry was very encouraging,” said Smith. “It is so clear that the future generation of the green industry cares about the environment as much as I do.” The Kansas team was able to participate in this year’s event against the college teams thanks to funds provided by STIHL as a reward for the team’s 2009 national FFA championship win in the Nursery and Landscaping Career Development Event.

STIHL has been the sole Platinum sponsor of the Student Career Days for years.  Because we sponsor Allen as well, we were able to introduce him to the event, and arrange to have him film the competition to appear later in one of his television programs.

For more information on the events and a full list of PLANET Student Career Days winners, visit http://www.landcarenetwork.org./cms/studentcareerdays/results.html

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