Area VI Land Judging Career Development contest held
story by Wayne Styles
Twenty-six teams totaling 92 participants from 23 high schools competed in the 2012 Area VI Land Judging Career Development event. The contest was hosted by the Area VI FFA and assistance was provided by the Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) in Mt. Pleasant. The event was held at the NTCC farm.
The soil teams evaluated and rated four fields based on factors such as soil texture, permeability, depth, slope, erosion, and runoff. The students also had to select conservation management practices for each field based on the soil ranking and the scenario provided to them at each station.
The event's winning school was Avery ISD with a score of 531 points, followed by Harmony ISD with a score of 487 points and New Diana ISD with 483 points. The top individual was Tori Leveritt of Dekalb, who scored 219 points. This year's event was truly competitive which shows the dedication, efforts, and pride of not only the students, but the assistance provided by others.
Dennis Brezina, Soil Scientist with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Bryan, and Sara Russell, NRCS Soil Scientist in Gilmer, provided their technical expertise to the contest and participants, along with local Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) and a great group of volunteers.