New England FFA finishes up the year

Hello! I am back and excited to inform you on the recent events in the New England FFA chapter.

By EVE STERNER
NE FFA Reporter

Hello! I am back and excited to inform you on the recent events in the New England FFA chapter. Agronomy and agriculture sales are in full swing and we have more students involved than ever before. However, you may not exactly know what these events are. What is the first word that comes to your mind when you hear the word, agronomy? Many of us will think of seeds, weeds, and everything in between, and that is exactly right. Students participating in agronomy go to the contest and identify seeds, plants, equipment, bugs, and much more. They also go through soil reports, and order seed piles from best to least in what is called a pan class. In agronomy, students learn how to apply their farm knowledge and learn more about all aspects of agriculture. This event helps educate and train our future agriculturalists of America. Agriculture sales is another event that takes place at the same time as agronomy. “Ag sales,” for short, consists of the students selling a product to a consumer. The students pick a product to sell, and are paired with a judge to grade the student’s presentation skills, knowledge of the product they are selling, and general salesmanship. The students in ag sales also take a written test consisting of questions dealing with sales knowledge. Ag sales teaches the students involved valuable skills. The students involved gain important social skills, and learn how to conduct a formal sale. Now that you have an idea of what these dedicated students actually participate in, I can move on to how we placed in the last two contests.

The first contest was in Dickinson on February 4, awards are as follows. The agronomy team consisting of Levi Stegner, Emily Dinius, Grace Dinius, and I placed second. Individually, Levi placed second, I placed seventh, Emily placed fourteenth, Grace placed twenty-fifth. The second contest was in Beulah on February 25, awards are as follows. The senior agronomy team consisting of Levi Stegner, Caydon Petri, and I placed twelfth. Individually, Levi placed eighteenth, I placed twenty-ninth, and Caydon placed eightieth. The junior agronomy team consisting of Emily Dinius, Michael Frank, and Grace Dinius placed sixth. Individually, Emily placed thirteenth, Grace placed sixteenth, and Micheal placed twenty-first. The ag sales team consisting of Jayden Dhamers, Hayden Turner, and Stetson Urlacher placed eighteenth. Individually, Stetson placed seventy-eight, Jayden placed eightieth, and Hayden placed eighty-sixth. The final contest (state) took place in Minot on March 20, awards are as follows. The agronomy team consisting of Levi Stegner, Emily Dinius, Micheal Frank, Grace DInius, and I placed sixteenth. Individually, Levi placed fiftieth, I placed fifty-first, Emily placed one hundred twelfth, Micheal placed one hundred thirty-fourth, and grace placed one hundred sixty-sixth. The ag sales team consisting of Jayden Dhamers, Hayden Turner, and Stetson Urlacher placed thirty-fourth. Individually, Stetson placed one hundred forty-first, Hayden placed one hundred forty-second, and Jayden placed one hundred fifty-ninth. The winter CDE’s are over and the participants are sad to see it end. However, many of the students plan to continue agronomy and ag sales next year and are excited to see what the new year will bring. Until next year!

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