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Flooding New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center with a sea of blue coats will be the young Future Farmers of America, traveling from across the state to participate in the annual FFA State Career Development Events April 9-11.
Jerrod Smith, FFA executive secretary, says this may be the biggest in years for the competition with 1,952 competitors already signed up for the 21 events.
“It’s a fairly diverse set of competitions,” Smith said.
The categories for the CDE’s range from agriscience to public speaking, landscape design to veterinary science.
High school FFA students from around the state gather each year at NMSU to gain experience in real life situations and participate in competitions that will provide them with the tools to succeed in various fields. The students use the university’s animals and facilities to conduct their tests and compete.
State winners can qualify for the National FFA Organization Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky., this October.
“The CDE’s are designed to get the students career ready,” Smith said, “teaching them job skills and preparing them if they choose to enter the workforce after high school.”
Students can also receive certificates from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture by placing well in certain areas, such as livestock evaluations.
Registration begins from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the San Juan Room of the Ramada Inn, 201 E. University Ave.
An award reception will be held at the Pan Am, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11.
For more information and a tentative schedule visit nmffa.org
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