New Mexico FFA members win at state contest
High school FFA students from around the state competed at the New Mexico State FFA Career Development Events April 1 to 3 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.
The members competed in a variety of events, including dairy cattle evaluation, agricultural mechanics and livestock evaluation. The first-place teams in each event will go on to compete at the national level in Indianapolis in October.
The Las Cruces FFA Chapter placed first in the agricultural mechanics contest, with member Jonathan Koenig winning high-point individual. Cody Howard won high-point individual in the wildlife contest.
The Dora FFA Chapter received first in the crops and homesite evaluation contests. Logan Bilberry was high-point individual in the crops and Calvin Tayler received the honor in homesite evaluation.
In the dairy cattle competition, the Texico FFA Chapter placed first, with Fallon Scanlon winning high-point individual. The chapter also received first in the entomology and poultry evaluation contests. Kayley Pelfrey won first individually in the poultry contest, and Brett Anderson won high-point individual in the land evaluation contest.
The Hagerman FFA Chapter won first in the dairy foods evaluation contest. Randy Veerkamp received the high-point individual honor.
The Dexter FFA Chapter placed first in the Farm Bureau management contest. Kristi Benedict was high-point individual. Bater Benedict was high-point individual in the pasture and range contest.
In the floriculture contest, the Tucumcari FFA Chapter placed first. Taylor Atwood received the high-point individual honor in the nursery landscape contest. The chapter also won the horticulture sweepstakes.
The Artesia FFA Chapter placed first in the forestry contest, with Shane Wilson winning high-point individual. The chapter also placed first in the wildlife and wool evaluation contests, with Jenna Elkins receiving high-point individual in wool.
The Clayton FFA Chapter placed first in the horse evaluation contest.
The Kirtland FFA Chapter won first in the horticulture produce contest, with Dalyn Myers receiving high-point individual.
In the land evaluation competition, the Melrose FFA Chapter placed first. Liz Green won high-point individual in the horse evaluation contest. The chapter also won the production sweepstakes.
The Silver City FFA Chapter received first place in the livestock evaluation competition. Bonnie McCauley was the high-point individual.
The Carrizozo FFA Chapter won first in the meats evaluation contest, with Jennifer Shafer winning first individually.
The Mesa Vista FFA Chapter won first in the nursery landscape contest. Anne Baecker was high-point individual in the floriculture contest.
The Hot Springs FFA Chapter received first place in the pasture and range evaluation competition.
Ryan Roberts, of the Lovington FFA Chapter, won high-point individual in the entomology contest.