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FFA members win awards

By Staff | Jan 23, 2015

Mahle awarded SAE grant

Rugby FFA member Kaycee Mahle recently earned one of the sixteen North Dakota FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Expansion Grants given annually to sophomore and junior FFA members across the state. SAE is a vital part of an Agricultural Education and FFA program.

Mahle’s SAE consists of raising pheasants and selling them every year. She earned five hundred dollars and will use her money to improve her facility by purchasing nets, heating lamps, and use the remainder of the money to obtain some new chicks this spring. She plans to take her SAE to the next level by completing the proficiency award application in her area of work, and send it off to the district level, with hopes of it reaching the state level for competition.

– Kasey Okke, Rugby FFA Advisor

Meats team competes in Denver

DENVER – While their compatriots attended the Winter Leadership conferences in Bismarck, Rugby FFA’s meats judging team scored high at a national contest.

The team, made up of Madison Schmaltz, Josh Pfeifer and Devin Volk, competed against 18 schools at the headquarters of Swift Foods in Denver, Colo., taking third. Teams representing Oklahoma and Texas took first and second, respectively.

“We were real close to Texas for second place. We were right on their heels,” said Rugby FFA adviser Richard Vannett.

Team members also scored individually. Volk was ranked sixth highest in the nation in meats judging, Schmaltz was ranked eighth, and Pfeifer was ranked 13th.

Vannett said the team had a lot of practice going in, as they got to grade meat at a Tyson Foods processing plant in Lexington, Neb., and at the University of Wyoming.

For a meats judging competition, teams must be able to identify retail cuts of meat; grade beef carcasses for quality and yield; put meats in four classes from best to worst and answer questions to justify rankings; pass a written test on nutrition and food safety; and must formulate ground beef in a way that is inexpensive but also meets USDA standards.

– Bryce Berginski, Tribune Reporter

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