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FFA land judging team wins gold

August 21, 2009
Pierce County Tribune

On Thursday, Aug. 6 the Rugby FFA hosted the State Land Judging Competition.

Rugby's team placed first, receiving a Gold Award and an all-expense- paid trip to Oklahoma City in May. There they will compete in the National Land Judging Career Development Event.

Individually Monica Pritchett, Mike Ostrem, Christopher Fedje and Zach Rameden earned gold awards, with Josh Stutrud earning a silver award. Monica captured the highest individual award, becoming the

State Individual Champion and earning a traveling trophy, a baby bison

trophy, and a $100 scholarship.

Also representing Rugby in the Open Division were Josie Klein, Matt Vannett, and Tyler Mongeon. Josie was the high individual in the Open Division and the team placed first. Competing in the Jr. 4-H Division and placing first was Clay Vannett.

During this career development event students learn how to texture soil, determine slope of the land and multiple erosion hazards, determine soil depth, degree of salinity and permeability. Once these factors are determined you make management practices that will improve the land. Such as improving fertility, maintaining top soil, controlling erosion and increasing yields.



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