The Independence FFA Soils Evaluation team competed at the FFA State Soils Evaluation CDE (Career Development Event) on October 20th at Iowa State University. The team earned the right to compete at state by placing 4th at the Northeast District soil evaluation competition. The top 30 FFA soils evaluation teams in Iowa competed, and the team placed 24th overall, which earned them a bronze rating. This is the third time the Independence FFA Chapter has competed at state soils since restarting in 2013. Team members included: Avery Hanaway, Sam Sill, Grant Toale, and Sydney Graham.
The competition includes a written exam along with the judging of four soils pits. To be successful, students must possess a strong understanding of soil characteristics, landscape positions, agricultural use recommendations and soil formation. The competition also tests knowledge related to conservation practices, soil texture, and factors influencing basements and septic tank installation. Congratulations to these Independence FFA members for their outstanding achievement!
Independence FFA Reporter