The Cameron University Department of Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences will host almost 700 high school students from throughout Oklahoma during its annual FFA Agriculture Interscholastic Meet on Wednesday, April 10. The event helps agriculture students hone their skills in areas ranging from practical animal science and agronomy to leadership and business while preparing for the state FFA competition.
“The annual Agriculture Interscholastic has been a Cameron tradition for more than 50 years,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Chair, Agriculture, Biology and Health Sciences. “Our faculty, agriculture students and members of the Aggie Club – many of whom participated in this event when they were in high school – will assist with the logistics of the contest. We are deeply appreciative of the agriculture experts from across the state who join us to judge these competitions. This is an outstanding opportunity for high school students to prepare for their state competitions while getting a first-hand look at what Cameron has to offer.”
Students will make the trip to Cameron from 54 high schools across the state. Communities participating are Anadarko, Billings, Binger, Caddo, Carnegie, Cashion, Chandler, Chickasha, Clinton, Coyle, Cromwell, Duncan, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Fletcher, Fort Cobb, Geary, Guthrie, Harrah, Hinton, Hollis, Jenks, Kingfisher, Kingston, Lahoma, Lawton, Lindsey, Lone Grove, Marlow, Mill Creek, Minco, Moore, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Okemah, Omega, Panola, Perkins, Prague, Randlett, Seminole, Snyder, Sterling, Stroud, Thomas, Tuttle, Vici, Walters, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, and Yukon.
Participants will assemble at 8 a.m. at Cameron Stadium for a welcome assembly. After receiving instructions, they will disperse to individual competitions at various points around the Cameron campus. Competitors will demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of Career Development Events (CDE) including Agronomy, Floriculture, Milk Quality, Food Science, Land Judging, Homesite Judging, Farm Business Management, Entomology, Agriculture Communication, Veterinary Science, Meat Judging, and Livestock Judging.
The Livestock Judging contest has been traditionally an FFA interscholastic event that has only been open to one FFA team and one FFA division. In order to include as many agriculture youth as possible in this event, the contest will also include a Junior FFA, a Junior 4-H division, and Senior 4-H Division.
For more information, go to http://www.cameron.edu/agriculture/interscholastic.html or call 580-581-2373.
April 8, 2019