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Santa Maria FFA kicked off the Career Development Event (CDE) Judging Season this past weekend with the Sweepstake Award at a contest in Salinas.

On January 27 Santa Maria FFA Agriculture Pest Control, Agriculture Welding, and Vegetable Crops Evaluation Teams headed to Hartnell Community College for the first competition of the season.

The Hartnell Field Day was immensely successful for Santa Maria FFA Ag Pest Control Team as they placed first and second at the competition. Seniors, Amy Bautista was the 1st place individual, Andrea Rico placed 2nd individually, and Dalia Reyes placed 3rd individually.

The Vegetable Crops Evaluation placed 3rd as a team with senior Adriana Arias placing 3rd individually.

Senior Monserrat Nolasco states, “It was quite bittersweet attending the first competition because I became aware that this would be the last year I would be judging for Santa Maria FFA. Yet, I was excited to join the Vegetable Crops Team and learn more about the agriculture industry.”

Each year more than ten different Career Development Judging Teams and 70 students from Santa Maria FFA attend judging competitions around the state. The students and teachers travel from as far north as Chico State University to as far south as Cal Poly State University, Pomona and everywhere in between. The majority of the events are hosted by 4-year and community colleges.

FFA Career Development Events allow students to gain hands on job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Students compete both as a team and individually against FFA Chapters from across the state of California, with the hopes of winning the State Championship at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in early May.

Santa Maria FFA Career Development Judging Teams include; Milk Quality and Dairy Products, Floriculture, Soil and Land Evaluation, Vegetable Crop Evaluation, Agriculture Pest Control, Nursery/Landscape, Marketing Plan, Poultry Evaluation, Veterinary Science, Farm Power & Machinery, Agriculture Welding, and Agriculture Tech & Mechanics.

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