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23rd FFA Field Day Draws About 500

<p>Field Day. Jim Wilcox of Waldron tells the correct scores of the cheeses for the dairy judging contest during the 23rd annual Booneville FFA Field Day Thursday. About 500 students attended the event at the South Logan County Fairgrounds and the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center.</p>

Field Day. Jim Wilcox of Waldron tells the correct scores of the cheeses for the dairy judging contest during the 23rd annual Booneville FFA Field Day Thursday. About 500 students attended the event at the South Logan County Fairgrounds and the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center.

The 23rd Annual Booneville FFA Field Day was held on Thursday at the South Logan County Fairgrounds. Approximately 500 students from 39 schools, as far as Brinkley, Ashdown, and Gravette participated in eight Career Development Events.

The winter weather actually kept a few schools from attending, but the participation was deemed a success.

The contest is hosted by the Logan County Conservation District with assistance from various state and federal agencies including Crawford and Sebastian County Conservation District, Arkansas Forestry Commission, US Forest Service-Ouachita District, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), University of Arkansas Extension Service, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, and Arkansas State FFA.

Agriculture instructors and retirees from the listed agencies are very instrumental in setting up the contests as well.

As members of the National FFA Organization, students are encouraged to participate in Career Development Events (CDE’s). These contests are developed to test member’s knowledge of a specific area the student in which the student is interested.

The contests at Booneville FFA Day include agronomy, floriculture, forestry, land, livestock, dairy products, nursery landscaping, and poultry.

Each of these contests mimic real life experiences these members will encounter if they enter the particular field. For example, in forestry members must identify trees, calculate volume, and identify good timber management practices. In poultry, members grade poultry products production, processing and marketing of chickens and eggs.

Members compete for individual, as well as team awards. This contest is a practice for members who are preparing for the Northwest District Contest later this month.

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