FFA range judging places the students in the field to make real-life judgments about the past grazing management and best management practices to recommend for range improvement. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan
FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Event Held in New Raymer
Written and submitted by: Ben Berlinger, Colorado Section of the Society for Range Management Youth Activities Chair
The Northeast Colorado Regional FFA Range Judging and Plant Identification Career Development Exercise (CDE) was held on September 17 at the Prairie School near New Raymer. The event was hosted by the Prairie FFA Chapter. Sixty-three students participated in the event representing nine FFA chapters. These included Prairie, Holyoke, Revere/Sedgwick, Weld Central, Akron, Idalia, Peetz, Wiggins, and Yuma FFA Chapters. Sponsors for this youth educational event included the West Greeley Conservation District, the Colorado State Land Board, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Their funding supports the purchasing of awards, ribbons, and plaques, and providing refreshments and lunch for the students and their Ag teachers.
The team results were as follows: Gold went to the Prairie FFA Chapter, Silver was awarded to the Holyoke FFA Chapter, and Bronze was awarded to the Akron FFA Chapter. Gold, silver, and bronze ribbons were presented to the top scoring individuals.
Walter Jordan, Prairie FFA, receives his award from the CO Section SRM for high score on the site judging and plant identification. Presenting were (l-r) Josh Saunders, Past President, and Ben Berlinger, Youth Activities Chair. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan
The Colorado Section Society for Range Management (CSSRM) presented plaques at the award ceremony. CSSRM recognizes high scoring individuals for combined scores on site judging and plant identification, as well as the high individual score on the plant identification. Walter Jordan, Prairie FFA, was honored with the high score for combined site judging and plant identification. Trent Huffman, Holyoke FFA, received high score on plant identification.
Trent Huffman, Holyoke FFA, receives his CO Section SRM award for achieving the high score on plant identification. Courtesy of Emmet Jordan