A Wrap for State FFA Finals

Provided by Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, State FFA Communication chairs

On May 6, more than 2,000 Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across California traveled to San Luis Obispo to compete at Cal Poly’s State FFA Judging Finals. Cal Poly is proud to have hosted this event for decades thanks to the support from students, staff and community members. With 21 different contests, FFA members compete in contests including agricultural mechanics, livestock judging to nursery landscape evaluation. All competitions are designed to equip students with skills in a particular career field.

For some FFA members, this was their first experience at State Finals — for others, this day represented the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. Competitors aspire to leave Cal Poly with a silver bowl and the esteemed State Champion title. Winning teams will represent California in October, 2017 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Every year, a hand-picked group of students from the Agricultural Education and Communication Department form the State FFA Finals Leadership Team. These individuals spend many hours coordinating with contest chairs, advisors, sponsors and many more. The 2017 State FFA Finals Leadership Team was comprised of the following individuals:

Kayla Manning, General Chair
Nikki Jorgenson and Katie Fernandes, Tabulations Chairs
Kenna Sandberg and Landon Sudberry, Awards Chairs
Veronica Lemus and Jerry Hansen, Sponsorship Chairs
Kacey Cadwell and Meagan Dunlap, Results & Finance Chairs
Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, Communications Chairs
Trey Johnston and Denise Jameson, Logistics Chairs
Mackenzie Bressler, Emma Morris, Logan Johnston and Clayton Carlson, BBQ Chairs

In addition to the leadership team, student contest chairs and faculty advisors volunteered their time to organize each contest. This includes coordinating contest materials, finding volunteers and procuring judges.

State FFA Finals is fortunate to have amazing support throughout the community. For many years, local businesses including Farm Supply Company, Farm Credit West and JB Dewar Inc. provide a tri-tip lunch for all in attendance. Their support of FFA members from across California is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to the 2017 State FFA Finals Champions!

Ag Issues

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag Issues

Ag Mechanics

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag MEch

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Ag MEch

Ag Welding

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag Welding

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Ag Welding

Agronomy

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Agronomy

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Agronomy

Dairy Cattle Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Dairy Cattle

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Dairy Cattle

Dairy Products

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Milk Quality

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Milk Quality

Farm Business Management

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Farm Business Management

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Farm Bus Mgmt

Farm Records

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Farm Records AET

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Farm Records AET

Floriculture

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Floriculture

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Floriculture

Forestry

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Forestry

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Forestry

Land Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Land

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Land

Light Horse

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Light Horse

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Light Horse

Livestock Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Land

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Land

Marketing
High Team – Visalia-El Diamante FFA

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv MarketingMarketing Plan

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Marketing Plan

Meats

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Meats

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Meats

Nursery Landscape

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Nursery Landscape

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Nursery Landscape

Poultry

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Poultry

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Poultry

Veterinary Science

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Vet Science

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Vet Science

Vegetable Crops

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Vegetable Crops

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Vegetable Crops

Best Informed Greenhand

High Team – Galt FFA

High Individual – Hannah Parker, Galt-Liberty Ranch FFA

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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