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Taking advantage of the comparatively mild weather on Sunday, February 10th, the Louisa-Muscatine (L&M) FFA team traveled to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines to participate in the Iowa Beef Expo Livestock Judging Contest. In their first FFA competition of the year, the team did a fantastic job, taking third place. As the competition season gets into full swing, the L&M FFA team looks forward to placing well all season long.
Adam Crews, an ag teacher at L&M Junior-Senior High School and supervisor for the L&M FFA team explained that, “the Iowa Beef Expo is a combination expo for breeders to show their livestock, and a livestock judging contest is also part of the event.” As contestants in the FFA division of the livestock judging contest, four members of the L&M FFA team competed against twenty-nine other teams. Each team evaluated ten different classes or groups of four heads of cattle and then ranked them from best to worst. After ranking them, teams then had to give the judges three sets of oral reasons explaining why they ranked classes of cattle the way they did. By winning third place, the L&M FFA team put themselves in the top ten percent of FFA teams participating, an impressive achievement for the first contest of the year.
Individuals, as well as teams, also had the opportunity to compete in the FFA division of the livestock judging contest. L&M FFA member Will Hoopes, a seventh grader, participated in this portion of the competition. Out of the ninety-one students participating, Hoopes won second place overall. Crews shared that he could not have felt prouder of Hoopes, or of the L&M FFA students who participated in the team competition. He reflected, “it was an outstanding job. There were teams from Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana, so to place third [and second for Hoopes] was a good job, especially for a young group.”
As the FFA season gets underway, the 115 members of L&M FFA look forward to competing in a variety of different kinds of competition. Crews stated the group would test their skills and knowledge in many areas, including ag sales, the Envirothon natural resources contest, floriculture, landscaping, livestock judging, poultry judging, and soil judging.
This week in honor of National FFA Week, L&M FFA will compete in their next series of events, the FFA Sub-District Leadership Contest. To develop participants’ confidence and speaking abilities, L&M FFA students will compete in categories such as creed speaking, job interview, parliamentary procedure, public speaking, and radio broadcasting. Because FFA members work is well-rounded in all areas, both the students and Crews look forward to doing their best in this series of challenges.
With a strong start to their season and high hopes for their upcoming competitions, the L&M FFA team looks to have a fulfilling year ahead of them. As they continue to compete and succeed, Louisa and Muscatine Counties look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.

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