Students from 170 Wisconsin schools participated in the State FFA Agri-Science/Natural Resources Career Development Event on April 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Almost 700 three-person teams participated in 14 contest divisions.
Schools with first-place teams include Amherst, Beaver Dam, Bonduel, Brillion, Elkhart Lake, Hillsboro, Holmen, Lancaster, Marshfield, River Ridge, Stevens Point, Sun Prairie and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln.
Individual first-place winners came from Amherst, Blackhawk, Bonduel, Brillion, Cassville, Edgerton, Elkhart Lake, Hillsboro, Lancaster, Marshfield, Milton, Oshkosh West, River Ridge, Sun Prairie and Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln. (Team and individual ranking and their judging categories are listed on the attached sheets.)
The top teams and individuals in each division received certificates and trophies, as well as feedback. Most first-place winners are now eligible to compete in the national FFA contest held later this year. The national contest judges teams and individuals in fewer skill categories than the state contest.
The contest tests students” knowledge of various aspects of agriculture and natural resources, emphasizing skills taught in high school agriculture classes, according to Richard Daluge, contest manager and assistant dean at UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “The contest and the preparation for it are ways students can try out a career choice by learning a lot about a specific topic. Some students will decide to continue studying these areas in college,” Daluge says.