Four members of the Fredericktown FFA chapter recently participated in the annual grasslands evaluation competition sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and the United State Department of Agriculture.
The competition includes evaluation of soil and detection of slope, identification of plant species, recognition of appropriate livestock stocking rates, soil test analysis, as well as present and desired wildlife habitat. These factors are rated and then will help determine the quality of an agricultural grassland area.
The contest was held in Cape Girardeau County on a local farm. Team members were Jonas Spain, Savannah Hinkle, Jessika Mathews, and Payton Lee. The Fredericktown team got first place and will be competing at the state competition in Ashland.