By Abigail Paxton 2019-2020 Utica FFA Reporter
On September 24, 14 high school students took a trip to Infirmary Mound Park for the Licking and Franklin County sub-district soils Career Development Event (CDE). There they competed individually in several components of the Ag soils CDE. The components were 2 pits to judge, a general knowledge exam, and a soil survey test, based on using the land for ag purposes. They judged the pits by structure, texture, water tables, slope, landform, and living organisms and how those properties would affect soil erosion, water quality, compaction, and soil health. The general knowledge exam is based on the Ohio FFA Ag Soils Manual, while the soil survey exams asked questions about the test site, based from the Web Soil Survey. Our team was 1st place out 4 teams and Amanda Annett placed 1st, Emily Hill 2nd, and Kenneth Davenport 3rd and were the top 3 individuals at the contest.. Abby Paxton and Matthew Swafford round out the top 5 members of the team and moved onto the district competition. Everyone had a blast!
On October 1, the top 5 students traveled to Carroll Ohio and represented out chapter. Thank you to the Brandt Family Farms for hosting this event for all of the district 7 FFA members. Our team placed 2nd out of 17 teams. Amanda Annett placed 1st out of 76 students, Emily Hill placed 16th, Kenneth Davenport 20th, Abby Paxton 32nd, and Matthew Swafford 69th. The top 4 will advance onto state on October 12! We are beyond excited for our members.