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.
Cashton FFA Members participated at the 2016 State Land Evaluation Contest
To judge soil one must be outstanding in their field. Megan classifies the land at the State Soils Contest.
The senior soils team being recognized with their first place finish on stage at the Farm Technology Days.
The soil was rocky according to Trevor.
Taylor Hanley leads the group of soils competitors during the State Soils Contest.
Cashton’s non-qualifying team consisting of past state champions and new recruits. From left; Nick Gronemus, Emma Gronemus, Sierra Hanley, and Rian Gronemus.
Cashton team members await the start of the competition.
Top individuals in the state soils contest wearing proudly Cashton FFA shirts Angela Klinkner 6th, and Rebecca Gronemus 2nd.
The second place junior team from Cashton. From left; Megan Culpitt, Bonita Hanley, Lily Gronemus and Annie Schreier.
National Soils Qualifiers and first place state soils team. From left; Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemmersbach, Taylor Hanley, and Rebecca Gronemus.
On Tuesday, August 25th, the Cashton FFA sent a senior and a junior team to compete at the State FFA Land Evaluation Contest at Farm Technology Days in Sun Prairie, WI. The senior team consisting of Alex Hurtz, Sierra Hanley, Josh Korn, and Nick Gronemus placed 1st in the state in the senior division. They will be competing at the National FFA Land Evaluation Contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May. Hurtz placed 4th individually; Hanley placed 3rd, and Gronemus placed 2nd. The junior team also took 1st place in the junior division. This team consited of Angela Klinkner, Trevor Hemersbach, Rebecca Gronemus, and Taylor Hanley. Klinkner took 1st individually; Gronemus took 3rd, and Hanley took 4th. Congratulations teams.
State Soils took place on Tuesday, August 12, at the Farm Technology Days in Stevens Point. The members on the senior team included Sierra Hanley, Angela Klinkner, Josh Korn, and Alex Hurtz, and the members on the junior team consisted of Nicholas and Rebecca Gronemus,Trevor Hemmersbach, and Austin Larson.