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Oklahoma NRCS 2019 National Range and Land Judging

Students image for OklahomaNearly 700 4-H and FFA students and over 200 coaches from over 34 states gathered in Oklahoma for the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest, May 2, 2019.

After two days of practice at sites in the Oklahoma City area, the contest was held near El Reno, Oklahoma at the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Headquarters. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its employees play a significant role annually in the success of the event, as does the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC).

This year, Matthew Lohr, the Chief of NRCS, was a special guest at the national event.  The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) was the primary host along with about 30 additional sponsors.

Pictured from Left to Right:Jimmy Emmons, FPAC Regional Coordinator, Matthew J. Lohr, Chief NRCS,
Gary O’Neill, Oklahoma State Conservationist and Steve Alspach, Oklahoma State Soil Scientist

Photo by: Bryan Painter