Schoharie Valley FFA teams shine at State Fair
The Schoharie Valley FFA Chapter brought home
several awards in dairy, livestock and vegetable crop judging from the
2016 New York State Fair held recently in Syracuse.
The Junior Dairy Judging Team took top honors.
Hannah Cater earned a 3rd individual award, Katie Brisley a 4th
individual, Joyce Kennedy a 5th individual and Dominick Snyder a 7th
The Senior Livestock Team earned 2nd place honors in
the State FFA Livestock Judging Career Development Event and qualified
for competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts.
Members Theresa Cater, Kyle Cornwell, Jacob Fagnani and Marilyn Hanley
will represent Schoharie Valley in the contest.
The event gives agricultural education students an
opportunity to make accurate observations of livestock including beef,
sheep, swine and goats, determine desirable traits in animals, make
logical decisions based on their observations and discuss and defend
those decisions. Participants place classes of breeding and market beef,
sheep and swine and then give oral reasons to the judges as to why they
placed each class as they did.
The Veg Crop Team of Theresa Cater, Terry Lansing,
Marilyn Hanley and Mikenzie Stahl finish 3rd in the State Veg Crop
Career Development Event and Lansing was 6th individual. Students
identified categories of flowers, ornamentals, fruits/nuts and
vegetables, judge various vegetables and flowers in a comparable placing
format and take a test on plant production and preparation.
FFA is a national organization of more than 625,000
members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business
and technology of agriculture. An integral part of the agricultural
education program in public schools, FFA has as its mission "to make a
positive difference in the lives of students by developing their
potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success
through agricultural education."
Livestock Team members Marilyn Hanley, Theresa
Cater, Kyle Cornwell and Jacob Fagnani
Dairy Team members Hannah Cater, Katie Brisley,
Joyce Kennedy and Dominick Snyder
Veg Crop Team members Marilyn Hanley, Mikenzie
Stahl and Terry Lansing