Area students show off FFA skills at UWP

April 8, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - On Thursday, March 27, students from the southern part of Wisconsin and northern Illinois participated in the FFA Skills Contest. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been holding this event, in conjunction with Appleton, for the last 27 years.

This year, 67 schools participated in the event, bringing 358 teams made up of 1,314 high school students. Students began the day with an open session in the Ullsvik Center. After the large group session, the FFA chapters broke out to attend their respective contests. The contests were held in the Pioneer Student Center, Russell Hall and at the Pioneer Farm.

There were many categories in which students could show their knowledge. Some of the events included agronomy, farm business management, meats, poultry, sales, livestock and dairy cattle and products.

Four students from Waunakee came to UWP to judge dairy products. In this event students are asked to evaluate different types of cheeses and milks. The students consider the texture, taste and smell to determine what type of cheese or milk was presented. The team placed 12th of 33 teams in the event.

"This is the third time I've been to UWP," said Jared Acker. "It's the first time I've been in the new student center, though."

The School of Agriculture was closed for the entire day so UWP students would be able to help facilitate the large number of students and events.

"I am very pleased with how the events were run. I am grateful for the help of the UWP faculty and students for the time that they spent preparing and hosting these events. This couldn't have happened without their cooperation. I'm so happy UWP has the facilities like the Pioneer Farm and the new student center to host these events," said Dr. Mark Zidon, professor in the School of Agriculture.

If students scored well at the competition they could earn a chance to compete at the state FFA skills contest. Six events qualify students to compete at the state level. They include agricultural mechanics, dairy cattle, livestock, horses, floriculture and wild life. The state contest will be held in Madison on Friday, April 25.

To see all of the results or further information about the contest go to www.uwplatt.edu/ffa/cde.

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