FFA members from across the state will converge on the campus of Tarleton State University on Thursday, March 23, to participate in the annual FFA Invitational Career Development Event (CDE) Judging Contests.
Contests will take place on the Stephenville campus as well as at the Agricultural Center, Houston Ranch, Lone Star Arena and the Erath County Showgrounds.
The invitational is a practice round, allowing students to prepare for team judging in a variety of categories. FFA members will compete in 19 contests, including: ag sales, dairy cattle, entomology, environmental and natural resources, farm business management, floriculture, home site evaluation, horse, land, livestock, meats, milk quality and products, nursery/landscape, poultry, range, veterinary science, wildlife and wool.
Visiting teams will check in from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. at the Cornerstone Assembly of God, with events scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
The top 20 individuals in each of the judging categories will be recognized during a 3 p.m. awards ceremony and presented with a plaque and other prizes. Several $1,500 scholarships will be awarded, along with a $3,000 sweepstakes agricultural scholarship.
The March 23 invitational is the largest of three contests Tarleton will host this spring. The university will welcome high school students again on April 12 for area FFA contests, and on April 27 when Tarleton hosts state FFA contests for dairy cattle, environmental and natural resources, home site evaluation, land, milk quality and products, and range.
For more information on this and future FFA or 4-H events, call 254-968-9020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.