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Liberty High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) has secured their spot in the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Yukon, Oklahoma that is set to take place on May 2, 2019. The team that consists of four, male FFA members will compete in the “Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation contests”
In the Land Judging portion of the contest the team will be asked to judge four plots of land in an agricultural aspect, whether it be crop related or whether the land is livestock feasible. The team will also be asked to judge slop, soil textures, erosion, and mechanical practices for the land. Land is broken down into seven (7) different classes, which determine the usage of the land. There are usually a total of 100 teams competing in the Land Judging competition.
During the Homesite Evaluation contest, the team will be asked to judge the same plots of land and determine how well that plot can handle industrialization or homebuilding. Nearly 50 teams will be competing in the Homesite Evaluation.
Each member of the team will be scored during the competition, while the lowest members score will be dropped.
As a practice to the Regional competition, Liberty High School’s team participated in the Roger Nestor Memorial Contest where they placed third overall, one week before Regionals. A week and a half later, the team placed first in Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation, before taking first overall at the State FFA Contest held in Ripley, WV in July of 2018. The team competed against 14 other FFA teams, and the top five (5) were granted a spot at the National Land and Range Contest in Yukon, Oklahoma.
FFA is the largest high school organization in the nation. As a student led organization, the FFA has over 600,000 members with 8,000 chapters divided amongst all 50 States. In West Virginia alone there are 5,360 FFA members amongst 81 chapters and 104 Agricultural teachers. FFA not only teaches students on the subjects of global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resource systems, but also teaches members key aspects of becoming a well-rounded individual. FFA teaches three (3) models of learning; classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience programs, and student leadership organizations. Through the three (3) models, students have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals in the following; planning, production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities, services, and natural resources, including food, fiber, wood products, water, minerals, and petroleum.
Liberty High School’s FFA National Team is comprised of Ben Sturtevant; first place in Homesite Evaluation and fourth in Land Judging, Connor Wickline; sixth in Homesite Evaluation, Jacob Southern; seventh in Landing Judging, and Nick Plaugher; ninth in Homesite Evaluation. The team is advised by Zachery Tennant.
The City of Clarksburg would like to wish the Liberty High School FFA Team good luck at the National Land and Range Judging Contest.