Fresno State Competition is Final Prep for Atwater FFA Teams
The Atwater High School FFA judging teams joined over 100 California high schools from throughout the state comprised of over 2000 individual agriculture students at the Fresno State FFA Field Day on April 13th. This is the final state sponsored FFA Career Development Event (CDE) contest before the 2019 state FFA championships on May 4th at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
The Atwater FFA Farm Business Management team placed 1st overall. The team was comprised of Michael Bray, Liliana Vargas, Simarjot Gandhoke, and Zion Brigham. The Farm Business Management CDE helps students learn business skills and apply economic principles to agricultural businesses. Contest focus areas include business record management, depreciable property, tax management, and a farm record book.
The Atwater FFA Poultry team of Alfredo Elizarraraz, Daniel Lopez, Emmanuel Mejia, and Mariah Castro placed 4th overall in a contest that blends practical hands-on experiences with a basic knowledge of the poultry industry required for careers in the poultry field. Gabby Lucas also competed as an alternate.
The Atwater FFA Milks Quality and Dairy Foods team of Anthony Hernandez, Faith Johnson, Natalie Frontella, and Valerie Carlos placed 4th overall in a contest where students demonstrate their knowledge and skills in milk quality (tasting), cheese identification, dairy vs non-dairy foods, and a written exam on the dairy industry.
The Atwater FFA Agronomy judging team of Elisabeth Garner, Gurkirath Gandhok, Luz Soto, and Jennifer Velazquez placed 5th overall in a contest that involves the study field crops and weeds with students responsible for the identification of nearly 200 crops and plants, seed, bean, and hay evaluation, and an oral presentation pertaining to their evaluations.
The Atwater FFA Floriculture team of Arely Venegas-Avalo, Faith Ceja, Hayley Vargas, and Marissa Nuno placed 8th overall. The competition involves plant identification, application of “hands-on” floral arrangements, and industry related floral skills.
The Meats judging team earned an 8th place finish overall with a team composed of Adriana Lopez, Celeste Chargoy, Daniel Junez, Erika Silva, and Jaimie Colores. The Meats contest involves the evaluation of pork, beef, and lamb carcasses and retail cuts of meat commonly found in supermarkets, quality and yield grading, oral presentations on the meat/carcass evaluations, and a written exam pertaining to the meat industry.
The Atwater FFA Ag Mechanics team of Daisy Flores-Mota, Marie Corado, Jose Ruiz, and Thomas Garner placed 11th overall in a contest involving hands on application skills in woodworking, electrical, oxy-fuel welding & cutting skills, tool identification, and a written exam on all aspects of agriculture mechanics.
The Atwater FFA Vegetable Crops team placed 10th overall with a team comprised of Cheyenne Borba, Jose Montanez, Supreet Gandhok, and Vincent Gonzalez. The Vegetable Crops contest is designed to create interest and promote understanding in the vegetable crop industry by providing opportunities for recognition through the demonstration of skills and proficiencies.
The Fresno State University FFA Field Day is designed to showcase students’ “hands-on” and technical skills in various agriculture related fields. “Students apply their knowledge and skills learned in the classroom in real-life job skill environments,” said FFA advisor Sam Meredith. “We have a group of students that take tremendous pride towards their work ethic and skill development in a variety of agricultural related skills and occupations, and they are looking forward to the state championships in two weeks!” The California FFA State Finals CDE competition is on May 4th at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The winning teams (schools) of each individual judging contest will represent the state of California and their communities at the National FFA Finals in October at Indianapolis, Indiana.
For more information on the Atwater High School Agriculture Department and Atwater FFA, please log on the website www.AtwaterFFA.org .
Atwater High School Agriculture Department
PO Box 835 / 2201 Fruitland Ave
Atwater, CA 95301