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New Mexico FFA students place well at state contest

High school FFA students from around the state competed at the New Mexico State FFA Career Development Event, April 1-4 in Las Cruces at New Mexico State University.


The members competed in a variety of events, including dairy cattle evaluation, agricultural mechanics and livestock evaluation. The first-place teams in each event will go on to compete at the national level in Indianapolis in October.

The Silver City FFA Chapter won first in the agricultural mechanics and wool evaluation contests. Dillon Moon won first place individually in the agricultural mechanics contest.

The Hatch Valley FFA Chapter received first in the crops contest, with Abby Turner receiving high-point individual.

The Melrose FFA Chapter won first in the dairy cattle evaluation event, with Lauren Graham receiving high-point individual.

The Tatum FFA Chapter won first in the dairy foods evaluation, farm business management and forestry evaluation contests. Hunter Ray won first place individually in the dairy food evaluation.

The Hagerman FFA Chapter received first in the entomology evaluation event. Justin Squire was named high-point individual in the entomology evaluation and Karol Rodriguez was high-point individual in the floriculture evaluation contest.

The Mesa Vista FFA Chapter placed first in floriculture evaluation and nursery landscape evaluation. Sonia Suazo was high-point individual in the nursery landscape evaluation.

The Los Lunas FFA Chapter received first in the homesite evaluation and land evaluation contests.

The Corona FFA Chapter placed first in landscape design.

The Artesia FFA Chapter won first in livestock evaluation and meat evaluation. The chapter also received the production sweepstakes. Kelley Harlow and Shelby Burnett were the high-point individuals in forestry evaluation and meat evaluation, respectively.

The Moriarty FFA Chapter won first in the pasture and range evaluation event.

The Texico FFA Chapter received first in the poultry evaluation contest, with Daniel Schueler winning first individually in the land evaluation contest.

The Las Cruces FFA Chapter won first in horse evaluation and wildlife evaluation, and also received the agricultural mechanics sweepstakes. Bryan Weaver placed first in wildlife evaluation.

Megan McKinney of the Tucumcari FFA Chapter was high-point individual in the homesite evaluation event. The chapter received the horticulture sweepstakes.

Kristi Benedict of the Dexter FFA Chapter was high-point individual in farm business management.

Hannah Beck and Stephanie Reeves, of the Clayton FFA Chapter, won first individually in landscape design and horse evaluation, respectively.

Ashleigh Mitchell, of the Harding County FFA Chapter, won first individually in the horticulture produce contest.

Shannon Norris, of the Cliff FFA Chapter, placed first in the livestock evaluation event.

Megan Van Winkle, of the Goddard FFA Chapter, was high-point individual in pasture and range evaluation.

Megan Kirtley, of the Hobbs FFA Chapter, was high-point individual in the poultry evaluation event.

Jen Shafer, of the Carrizozo FFA Chapter, placed first individually in wool evaluation.

Photographs of all the winners are located at www.nmffa.org, under photo galleries - State CDEs.