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National Land and Range Judging Contest Winners Announced

More than 600 4-H and FFA members from 33 states competed in the 66th National Land and Range Judging Contest hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) on May 4, 2017. After two days of practice at sites in Oklahoma City, the contest was held at Turner Farms in Amber.

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 Hays, Kan. FFA Chapter and the Monroe County, W.Va. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in land judging were awarded to Jared Kisner of the Hays, Kan. FFA Chapter and Reagan Ernst of the Monroe County, W.Va. 4-H Club.

The national team championship trophies in range judging were awarded to the Hico, Texas FFA Chapter and the Rock Prairie, Mo. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in range judging were awarded to Hunter Hackley of the Jacksonboro, Texas FFA Chapter and Enoc Arciniegas of the Rock Prairie, Mo. 4-H Club.

The national team championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to the Klondike, Texas FFA Chapter and the Monroe County, W.Va. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to Jamie Steele of the Chickasha, Okla. FFA Chapter and Reagan Ernst of the Monroe County, W.Va. 4-H Club.

In the adult category, Charity Marstiller of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. won the land judging contest, Kevin Stacy of South Coffeyville, Okla. won the range judging contest and Randy McVay of Denver, Ind. Won the homesite evaluation contest.

The Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Plant and Soil Science will offer a $1,500 scholarship to the top-scoring individual in the land judging contest, and a $1,500 scholarship to the top-scoring individual in the homesite evaluation contest. The winners’ eligibility is contingent upon enrollment at OSU as a Plant and Soil Science Major. In addition, if the students have a high school GPA of 3.5 or better and ACT scores of at least 24, OSU will add an additional $1,500 to the scholarship for a total of $3,000.

Jimmy Emmons, OACD President and co-chair of the contest steering committee, presented the 2017 National Land and Range Judging Contest Honoree Award to Naomi Culbreath. Emmons described Culbreath as “indispensable to the contest,” and “the type of person you can always rely on to show up and get work done.”

Complete contest results can be found at www.judgingcard.com.

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Photo: Land judging contestants measure top soil depth. (JPEG, 1.45 MB)

Photo: A contestant determines the slope of the land. (JPEG, 1.47 MB)