The Independence FFA Chapter competed in several State level Career Development Events (CDE) during May and June. The goal of CDE competitions is to expose students to knowledge, skills, and abilities they would need in each of these agricultural industry sectors. The chapter competed in 4 different events and earned two top 10 team finishes.
The Vet Science CDE team was comprised of Jaimee Rowland, Megan Corkery, Carter Nolan, and Keegan Zimmerly. The CDE required students to film and edit a short video demonstrating the proper way to administer a subcutaneous injection in a dog. The team also took a general knowledge veterinary science test and submitted a mock letter to a legislator demonstrating their knowledge and support for the Veterinary Feed Directive law. The team would also like to thank Pipestone Vet Clinic and Dr. Doug Peterschmidt for assisting the team. The team placed 9th overall in the state competition and earned a Silver rating.
The Nursery Landscape CDE team members included Jaimee Rowland, Megan Corkery, Carter Nolan, and Ellie Nabholz. The CDE content involved a general knowledge exam, a landscape design practicum, a customer service letter, and identification of nursery landscape items; plants, tools, insects, and diseases. Megan Corkery placed second individually in the general knowledge portion of the competition. The team placed 6th overall in the state competition and earned a Silver rating.
The Agronomy CDE team members included Kenzie Fischels, Megan Corkery, Joe Kaiser, and Ryan Thompson. The competition included problem solving, grain grading, and a written test on agronomic subjects. There was also an extensive identification component of various crop, weed, insect, and seed specimens. The team placed 26th overall in the state competition and earned a Bronze rating.
The Agricultural Mechanics CDE team was comprised of one individual, Carson Frye. The competition included demonstration of skills, problem solving, and knowledge application in agricultural machinery equipment, metals and welding, structures, environmental and natural resources, and electrical systems. Carson finished 79th individually and earned a bronze rating as a team.