Farmington FFA members compete in District Grassland evaluation competition

Farmington FFA students competing in the in the District Grassland Evaluation include (from left) Hailey Weir, Alondra Figueroa, Jazmin Phares and Amelia Moran.

Provided by Tracy Stroud

Recently, four members of the Farmington FFA chapter traveled to Perryville, Missouri to compete in the annual district Grasslands competition.

The Grassland Evaluation contest consists of four sections: Grassland Condition, Soil Evaluation, Wildlife Habitat and Plant Identification. The judging site is a typical pasture or area used for livestock grazing. Within the pasture area, a 50-by-50 foot plot is marked-off with flags. This area is used by the participants to answer certain parts of the Wildlife, Soil Interpretation and Grassland Condition Score Cards. The plant identification portion of the contest is marked in the field.

Overall, Farmington placed third in districts behind Fredericktown and Woodland. As individuals, Jazmin Phares placed fifth, Hailey Weir placed eighth, Alondra Figueroa placed 11th and Amelia Moran placed 13th.

They all worked hard weeks prior to the competition by practicing the contest materials and attending a practice competition with their advisor, Marty Yount. Jazmin and Alondra will be back next year to compete again.

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