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Dickinson 4-H and FFA chapters continue to prepare students

Dickinson FFA members pose with their ribbons from the Killdeer Contest. Photo courtesy of Kay Poland1 / 2
4-H members compete in 2017 Roughrider Days Fair & Expo. Photo Courtesy of Stark/Billings 4-H2 / 2

The Stark/Billings County NDSU Extension 4-H and the Dickinson High School FFA Chapter have been attending judging competitions and remaining active in their local clubs.

Ten 4-H members recently attended a livestock judging competition in Fargo and "did very well, finishing in sixth place as a team," said Kurt Froelich, the Stark/Billings County Extension Agent.

Froelich added that a couple of them were pretty young but it was good experience for them.

The young agriculture enthusiasts have been active in team events like livestock judging, equine judging and crop judging.

Dickinson has many 4-H clubs that are run by leaders who schedule events and run meetings.

Froelich said that most of the clubs in Stark and Billings counties focus on the main areas the youth in that club are interested in. These focus areas range from livestock judging to communication arts.

While teams compete in judging contests, there are state competitions they can qualify to go to.

"State horse judging is coming up along with horse quiz bowl and hippology," Froelich said. "We so graciously got a volunteer to coach that and assist them in their competition."

In 4-H there are two sets of groups, senior and junior. Senior 4-H members are from the ages of 14-19 and juniors are 8-13.

That last report given, around a month ago, to Froelich was that there were 240 youth enrolled in the Stark/Billings County 4-H and they were the fifth largest 4-H program in North Dakota.

Some youth 4-H members have judged in 4-H and FFA contests.

The Dickinson High School FFA has also been judging and competing around the area. Dickinson FFA has 15 members this year. Recently, they have been active in state range judging and district leadership.

The state convention will be held June 4-7 in Fargo. In 2017, the Dickinson FFA team won state horse judging at the state convention and the demo team placed third.

"Our students have teams in range, district leadership events, crops judging, livestock, ag. sales, demonstration, horse judging, small animals, food science, dairy cattle handling, meats and dairy foods," Kay Poland, Dickinson High School FFA Advisor, said.

There are 324 students in the 2018-19 school year that are pre-registered to take agriculture classes. Poland believes that "the FFA chapter is an important part of the agriculture program."

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