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National Land and Range Judging Contest winners announced

A land judging contestant determines the slope of the land.More than 500 4-H and FFA members from 34 states competed in the 65th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest yesterday. After two days of practice at designated sites in Oklahoma City, the contest was held at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Okla.

National championship trophies were awarded at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to team and individual winners in each category of competition: land judging, range judging and homesite evaluation. Each category included FFA and 4-H awards.

The national team championship trophies in land judging were awarded to the Clay County, W.Va. FFA Chapter and the Fairfield, Ind. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in land judging were awarded to Jaime Grijalva of the Roswell, N.M. FFA Chapter and Jason Sullins of the Wilson County, Tenn. 4-H Club.

Land judging contestants sit on a mound of soilThe national team championship trophies in range judging were awarded to the Hamilton, Texas FFA Chapter and the Wessington Springs, S.D 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in range judging were awarded to Evan Eilers of the Hamilton, Texas FFA Chapter and Jarrett Lardy of the Traill County, N.D. 4-H Club.

The national team championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to the Klondike, Texas FFA Chapter and the Fairfield, Ind. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to Patrick Henderson of the Jefferson, W.Va. FFA Chapter and Dalton Howe of the South Dakota 4-H.

Complete contest results can be found at judgingcard.com.

Press release: National Land and Range Judging Contest winners announced (PDF, 93KB)

Photo: Contestants on mound of soil (JPEG, 3MB)

Photo: Contestant judging land slope (JPEG, 1.7MB)

More photos available on NRCS Oklahoma's Flickr page.