South Iredell High FFA students compete in National Land and Range Judging Contest

Posted at 7:03 AM on May 14, 2019



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Members of the South Iredell FFA Chapter recently competed in the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) in Oklahoma City.

The event attracted over 1,000 4-H participants and FFA members from 33 different states, including Hawaii.

The South Iredell FFA Chapter finished 37th out of the 102 teams competing in the FFA Land Judging Contest.

Matthew Bowser finished 12th in the nation individually out of 405 participants. Teammates Daniel Bowser finished 162nd, Jonathan Wilson 235th, and Evan Gibson 326th.

FFA Advisor Steven Calloway trained the team. It was the third time he has taken a team to the event in the past four years, and he also participated as high school student himself.

The top 5 4-H and FFA teams from each state are invited every year to compete in the National Land and Range Judging Contest. Competitors evaluate land characteristics such as topsoil, subsoil, slope, and plant life. They were also required to recommend treatments to improve the land’s adaptability for certain purposes like producing crops, raising livestock, and/or urban development.

The South Iredell FFA Team qualified in the Fall by placing fifth in the State FFA Land Judging Contest.

The South Iredell FFA Chapter would like to thank several sponsors that helped make this opportunity possible including: Iredell County Farm Bureau, G&M Milling, Iredell County Soil & Water, and the NC FFA Association.

We would also like to thank Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent, Brady Johnson; CTE Director Todd Williams, South Iredell Principal Tim Ivey as well as many other staff that helped make this opportunity a reality. We appreciate the great community of partners that promote excellence in the field of Agriculture Education, our state’s largest industry.

About the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest

Following the manmade disaster of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, in the year 1942, three Oklahoma conservationists were attempting to develop an effective and exciting means of educating youth about soil. In 1943 the first state contest was held, and in 1952 teams from other states were invited, and the first national contest was held in Oklahoma City, and it has been there ever since. Today the National Land & Range Judging Contest consist of two days of practice pits for folks to familiarize themselves with Oklahoma soil conditions followed by a day for the contest.

About the FFA

The North Carolina FFA is a youth organization of 19,301 student members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture with 317 local chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Visit for more information.

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