Cal Poly State FFA Finals

Written By: Amanda Meneses, Associate Editor

My first encounter with Cal Poly was in a blue and gold jacket. My adviser, Mr. Mederos, a Cal Poly alumnus, wanted our Cooperative marketing team to experience Cal Poly’s campus for ourselves. This past Saturday, May 4, 2013, over 1,800 students also experienced Cal Poly while competing in a statewide competition.

The FFA State Finals has been a tradition at Cal Poly for 80 years. This year, California FFA members competed in 21 Career Development Events for the title of State Champions. Students have practiced and refined their skills for months with the guidance of their agriculture advisers and coaches.

Not all of the 21 events that took place at Cal Poly have a national level contest. However, for those that do, the winning teams will represent California at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky October 30th – November 2, 2013.

Each year presents new experiences and challenges new learning growth for State Finals participants. This year, the meats judging contest returned to the Cal Poly contest, utilizing the new state of the art Meats Processing Center.

For some, lunchtime is a highlight of the long and exciting day. This year over 3,000 tri-tip sandwich meals were served to students, advisers and volunteers. The Cal Poly State FFA Judging Finals Committee dedicated the 2013 competition in honor of “The Three J’s.”

For 30 years, Jack Dewar of J.B.Dewar, Jim Brabeck of Farm Supply Company and John Boyes of Farm Credit West have completely funded the lunch served. From purchasing materials to preparing the meal, these three men have fed over 75,000 FFA members, advisers, faculty, staff and friends. Their incredible generosity is not only greatly appreciated, but they are strongly respected for the lasting support they have continued to give over the years.

The day concluded with a packed crowd in the Cal Poly gymnasium anxiously awaiting recognition for their hard work and dedication towards competing in the 2013 California State FFA Finals.

It is my pleasure to introduce to you the winners:

AG MECHANICS Indiv w names

AG MECHANICS TEAM w names AGRICULTURAL ISSUES TEAM w names AGRICULTURAL WELDING TEAM w names AGRONOMY Indiv w names AGRONOMY TEAM w names BEST INFORMED GREENHAND Indiv w names BEST INFORMED GREENHAND TEAM w names DAIRY CATTLE Indiv w names DAIRY CATTLE JUDGING TEAM w names FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Indiv w names FARM BUSINESS MANAGEMENT TEAM w names FARM RECORD BOOK Indiv w names FARM RECORD BOOK TEAM w names FLORICULTURE Indiv w names FLORICULTURE TEAM w names FORESTRY Indiv w names FORESTRY TEAM w names LAND Indiv w names LAND TEAM w names LIGHT HORSE Indiv w names LIGHT HORSE TEAM w names Livestock Indiv w names LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM w names MARKETING Indiv w names MARKETING PLAN TEAM w names MARKETING TEAM w names MEATS Indiv MEATS TEAM w names MILK QUALITY Indiv w names MILK QUALITY w names NURSERY LANDSCAPE TEAM w names NURSERY LANSCAPE Indiv w names POULTRY Indiv w names POULTRY TEAM w names SPECIALTY ANIMAL Indiv w names VEG CROP Indiv w names

About Brock Center for Agricultural Communication

The Brock Center for Agricultural Communication has aggressively pursued the following goals to heighten public awareness and understanding of agricultural issues: *Locate and attract prospective undergraduate students who demonstrate aptitude for communication and have an abiding concern for agriculture. *Assist the university's Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and Liberal Arts in preparing these students to be effective professional communicators, through learn-by-doing opportunities. *Serve as a resource and vehicle for the continuing education of those in a position to promote the understanding of agriculture. *Promote the professional development of university faculty through teaching, research and service to agriculture communication. *Develop and maintain a website as a resource of information on agricultural issues to serve students, faculty, media professionals, agriculturists and the public.
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