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The Lafayette FFA Meats Evaluation team, which included Ainsley Peterson, Hailey Peterson and Mackenzie Greaves, placed ninth at the 2019 National FFA Meats Evaluation & Technology CDE.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Lafayette FFA’s 2019 Florida FFA State Champion Meats Evaluation Career Development Event Team placed ninth at the 2019 National FFA Meats Evaluation & Technology CDE on Oct. 31.

The participants in the Meats Evaluation and Technology CDE delve into the science of meat. During this team event, students evaluate beef carcasses for quality and yield grade; identify various meat cuts and place carcasses; and identify wholesale and/or retail cuts. The contest took place on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, at the Land O’Lakes Center Inc. for Experimental Learning. The event sponsors were Cargill, Hormel Foods and Tyson.

Team members were Ainsley Peterson, Hailey Peterson and Mackenzie Greaves. The Lafayette FFA Chapter appreciates Brenda Peterson for serving as coach of the CDE and the University of Illinois Meat Science Department for allowing the team to practice prior to the event.

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Lafayette FFA's Jaley Moseley placed second in the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Speech Contest.

Lafayette’s Moseley places second in state speech contest

ORLANDO — Lafayette FFA’s Jaley Moseley competed in the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Women’s Leadership Speech Contest held at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, in conjunction with the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting Oct. 31. Moseley placed second, was recognized at the Annual Meeting and she earned $500.

The speech contest has three levels of competition: county, district and state. The winner of the county contest competes in a district contest and the district winners compete in the state competition against the other seven district winners. The purpose of the contest is to promote a stronger interest and clearer understanding of the many aspects of agriculture; to provide opportunities for our youth to gain knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of agriculture; and help to promote agriculture’s many values and virtues.

The 2019 topic was, “Recent natural disasters have had a major impact on agriculture. How have these impacts affected consumers?”

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The Lafayette Senior Forestry team finished as state runner-up. Team members included Jackson Powers, Cason Driver, Hailey Peterson, and Landen Brock.

Senior FFA Forestry finishes State runners-up

PERRY — The district winning Lafayette Senior Forestry team competed in the 2019 Florida FFA Forestry State Career Development Event on Nov. 7-8 in Perry. The event featured the 12 district winners from across Florida.

The Lafayette FFA team members were Jackson Powers, Cason Driver, Hailey Peterson, and Landen Brock. The Lafayette FFA Forestry team placed second for the second year in a row. This was also the third straight top 5 finish.

The team placed in the following individual practicums: first in general knowledge, second in dendrology and third in equipment identification, forestry disorders and map interpretation.

The purpose of the Forestry CDE is to stimulate interest in forestry, to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum, and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skill and competency as a result of forestry instruction. The CDE consisted of individual practicums that included a general knowledge exam, tree identification (dendrology), equipment identification, forest disorders, timber cruising and map interpretation.

Durant finished first with a score of 1789 to Lafayette’s 1771. Lake Butler was third with a 1740 score, while George Jenkins scored a 1731 and Liberty County rounded out the top 5 with a 1723.

The Lafayette FFA Chapter appreciates Forester Jared Beauchamp for his assistance in numerous practices. The chapter also appreciates Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Perry, the Lafayette Forestry Department, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moses, and Ms. Bonnie Odom for hosting timber cruising practices.

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Krista Lyons earned the prestigious American FFA Degree at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo.

Lyons receives American FFA Degree

INDIANAPOLIS — Krista Lyons earned the prestigious American FFA Degree at the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis on Nov. 2.

Lyons received the American Degree during the 7th General Session in Lucas Oil Stadium. A record 4,353 FFA members received their American Degree. The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention and Expo each year to less than 1 percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors. In addition to their degree certificate, each recipient receives a gold American FFA Degree key. The American FFA Degree program is supported by Case IH, Elanco and Syngenta.

Lyons is a 2018 graduate of Lafayette High School and is currently attending classes at Liberty University.

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