SUU Hosts Future Farmers of America Competition

Published: September 27, 2011 | Read Time: 1 minutes

With an influx of blue-jacketed students, the region’s Future Farmers of America flooded the campus of Southern Utah University on Tuesday, September 27, in the annual FFA Land, Livestock, Horse and Range Judging Competition — hosted by SUU’s Agriculture Club for the past 20 years.

Not only beneficial to this year’s competing high school students, the competition is a useful experiential learning tool for many agriculture students whose fields are involved in the FFA contests, according to Paula Lambeth, a staff member of SUU’s Department of Agriculture & Nutrition Sciences.

“This provides our students a very rare opportunity to serve in many capacities as they work together to a contest of this size,” she said.

Club members and members from SUU’s agriculture department organize the entire contest, handling registration, providing judges, scoring results, hauling and taking care of animals used for judging and preparing the range and lands.

The students within the Agriculture Club see the opportunity to host this event “as a service to the community — a way to both maintain a strong working relationship with the FFA organization and to recruit future agriculture students to SUU,” Lambeth added.

A long-standing tradition at SUU, it would seem their efforts have yet again yielded great success.

Those interested in viewing competitions, which will run throughout the day, may do so at the Diamond Z Arena, just off Highway 56, on Cross Hollow Road.

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