The Lemoore Future Farmers of America took home awards from the University of California, Davis, field day recently.
The Lemoore FFA agricultural sales team placed second overall out of 11 teams. The event was open to any FFA chapter in the state. Ag sales is one of the career development events that FFA offers to give students real-world experience in agriculture.
The Lemoore chapter also had its computer team compete at the field day event and placed fifth with student Kaitlynn Sweet placing fourth in the individual category. In the competition, students had to demonstrate their computer and public speaking skills in an educational or agricultural situation.
乐动体育“My four students have been practicing since we got back from Christmas vacation,” said Lemoore High School ag teacher and ag sales coach Matthew Moreno.
Moreno said the ag sales team was judged on how well members sold a product to the judges at the contest. He said this year all ag sales teams had to sell the same product — tractors — and had to know the features and benefits of 18 different tractors.
“At the contest [students] are giving a scenario,” Moreno said. “For instance, customer number one might have a thousand acres. Why is this tractor the best for this customer?”
乐动体育Moreno said students needed to sell the product to the judges and state why a specific tractor was best suited for a particular customer.
乐动体育Not only were the students learning about tractors, they were learning how to be a salesman for a potential career option, Moreno said.
乐动体育Ag Sales team member Griffith Jones has been on the team for four years and is the Lemoore FFA chapter president.
The team practiced for two hours, two days a week to focus on knowing the product “inside and out,” Griffith said.
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“It’s a very extensive category,” Griffith said. “There is a large amount of tractors in this category.”
乐动体育He said he enjoys being chapter president because running the chapter is a group effort and he gets to work closely with other student officers.
“My favorite part of FFA is the atmosphere,” Griffith said. “It’s real friendly.”
乐动体育He said after high school he plans on attending a trade school to become an ag mechanic.
乐动体育Other Lemoore FFA judging teams competed at UC Davis and in other competitions in the local area.
乐动体育Half of the dairy cattle judging team competed at UC Davis and the other half competed at the Western Classic Dairy Show in Hanford placing 12th overall.
Ag teacher and dairy cattle judging coach Breanne Pacheco said the competition was more of a practice contest for the students. She said the team was judged on its knowledge of cows and how well team members classified each calf on its potential to reproduce and produce milk. She said the students act like a dairy operator to determine which calves are best suited for their herd.
For student Kaitlin Raulino, the dairy industry is not new. She has shown heifers at the Kings County Fair but never judged before.
“This is my first year in dairy judging,” Kaitlin said. “My experience has been pretty good.”
乐动体育She said her father works at Droogh Dairy in Lemoore and has given her team a few pointers in dairy cattle judging.
乐动体育Kaitlin plans to attend West Hills College and then transfer to California State University, Fresno to major in Ag business.
乐动体育“I joined FFA mostly because of my background in agriculture,” Kaitlin said.