Nevada FFA had four soils judging teams participate in the North Central District FFA soils evaluation career development event. Nevada FFA had one team place tenth out out of 76 teams participating. The district contest was held at North Iowa Community College in Mason City on Sept. 28.
Noah Nusbaum was 41st high scoring individual, Luke Ferguson was 44th high scoring individual. The contest had 286 FFA students participating in the skill development contest. Nevada FFA had thirteen students competing on four teams. The soils evaluation career development event is designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of Soils Evaluation.
The Soils Evaluation Career Development event included the evaluation of four soil pits, plus a written exam about soils in Iowa. The scorecard used to judge the soil pits is divided into five parts: Surface Features, Soil Features – The Profile, Land Capability Classification and Productivity Potential, Evaluation of Management Practices and Sustainability of Soils for Non-Agricultural Uses. Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, accompanied the students.
While the Nevada upperclassmen were judging soils,15 new FFA members attended the “greenhand fire-up” on campus. The freshman participated in breakout sessions, which provided information on what FFA activities they are able to participate in. Also the fire-up provided the opportunity for the students to meet other FFA members from 52 high schools in attendance.
Rylee Stevenson and Hailee Weber volunteered on Wednesday after school prior to the event to make sandwich lunches for the Thursday trip. FFA food supplies were purchased at Fareway. Students on the trips had a picnic riding home, saving time and money.