Eastern Colorado State FFA Rangeland Judging career Development Exercise (CDE) held in Kit Carson County. There were 230 FFA students participating in this year’s contest representing 24 schools from all over eastern Colorado. This picture shows one group of students judging a Limestone Breaks ecological site, one of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The participating teams were Akron, Arickaree, Branson, Burlington, Crowley County, Flagler, Fowler, Hi-Plains, Hoehne, Holyoke, Karval, Kim, Lamar, Las Animas, Liberty, Lonestar, Merino, New Raymer, Peetz, Pritchett, Rocky Ford, Rye, Sedgwick County, and Stratton. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)
FFA Rangeland Judgers Compete in Burlington
By Ben Berlinger, Society for Range Management, Youth Activities Chair
October 14, 2016 – FFA students and their advisors from high schools across eastern Colorado arrived at the Morgan Community College community building in Burlington October 5th. The purpose was to compete in a rangeland plant identification exercise and participate in judging the soundness of the rangeland. This state-level competition attracted an astounding 230 students representing 24 FFA Chapters from as far away as Peetz & Holyoke to the north and Rye & Pritchett to the south.
Team awards and top scoring individuals were recognized at the awards ceremony which was held at the conclusion of the competition. The Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management (SRM) sponsored the individual honors while nineteen of the Conservation Districts across eastern Colorado and some local business sponsored the team plaques and provided a breakfast snack. Steve Poet, of the Seibert FFA Chapter, provided a delicious “Farm to Table” lunch for the students. The Burlington Conservation District provided the local coordination for the activity. Jennie McCasland, Conservation District Manager in Burlington, handled the local arrangements for the Conservation District. Colorado Conservation Districts have always united to provide support for natural resources education for our youth in Colorado.
FFA rangeland judging CDE. Students are judging the second of two ecological sites located near Burlington. The judging consisted of properly identifying the site, determining the range condition & trend, and then recommending certain management practices that could be implemented. Here the students are judging a Sandy Plains ecological site. (Photo by Emmett Jordan)
The Colorado Section SRM individual awards were presented to McCrae Rider of the Burlington FFA Chapter for the high score on the combined site judging & plant identification (79% score); and to Cody Wilson of Pritchett FFA for second place honors with his combined score of 73% correct. Micah Crane of the Pritchett FFA was recognized as the top individual for the plant identification part of the contest. He scored 96% correct in this exercise requiring the identification of 50 rangeland plants and their characteristics. McCrae will be presented with a $200 check from the Colorado Section SRM along with his plaque. Continue reading