Lake Geneva, WIS., July 19, 2016 – The Cashton FFA Chapter was named the state winning FFA Land Evaluation Career Development Event Team. Team Members include: Angela Klinkner, Rebecca Gronemus, Taylor Hanley, and Trevor Hemmersbach. The Cashton FFA Advisor is Mr. Nathan King. Two of the members of the Cashton FFA Team placed in the top Ten individuals at the contest, Rebecca Gronemus placed 2nd and Angela Klinkner placed 6th. The team will be competing in the National Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2017. Other members from the Cashton FFA competed at the junior level of competition and received 2nd place in their category. Team members include Annie Schreier, Bonita Hanley, Megan Culpitt, and Lily Gronemus. Nick Gronemus, Sierra Hanley, Rian Gronemus, and Emma Gronemus also participated in the contest.
The contest was held in conjunction with the Farm Technology Days at Snudden Farms in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Students participating in the land evaluation contest examine soil and land for its ability to be classed for its best use for pasture, cropland, woodland, or wildlife habitat. One of the greatest values of the contest is in its ability to develop decision making skills while keeping current with new research. The National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil scientists and County Land and Water Conservation conservationists serve as the judges for the contest.
The Wisconsin Association of FFA is a leading student organization due to the efforts of more than 19,000 students across the state. With a focus on premier leadership, personal growth and career success, students’ FFA activities complement agricultural classroom instruction by giving them an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge while gaining real-world experience.