Though most of the National FFA CDEs take place at National FFA Convention in the fall, there is one that is held annually with a 4-H counterpart in the spring, National Land Judging! This year's Florida's state winning FFA Land Judging team recently traveled to Oklahoma to represent the Sunshine State in the National Land Judging CDE!
Williston FFA Members Compete in National Land Judging CDE
One may not know exactly how to "judge" soil, land, homesites, and range, but there is a group of young people from the Florida FFA Association who could tell you all about it, who took their skills to the next level only a short time after winning the state championship earlier this spring at the National Land and Range Judging Event held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from May 3rd-5th 2016.
Team members included Robbie Sistrunk, Hunter Cason, Brett Bergdoll, and Emory Allnutt from the Williston FFA Chapter supported by advisors Chris Wilder and Ben Randolph. The team placed 14th in Land Judging and 18th in Homesite Evaluation with 92 teams and 360 individuals competing in Land Judging and 45 teams and 178 individuals competing in Homesite Evaluation. Sistrunk also placed as 20th and 40th High Individual and Cason placed as 43rd and 44th High Individual each in Land and Homesite respectively.
Congratulations to these outstanding youth on their accomplishments for not only being named state champions only last month but for taking their skills to the national level as well! Land Judging is an event that tests the skills of youth in learning activities and competition related to soils and their best uses through soil evaluation and selections for specified environments. Full results are available on Judging Card at https://www.judgingcard.com/Results/Events.aspx?ID=6840.
(Photo from Williston FFA Facebook page)