FFA Project Competition allows high school students to compete on the merits and development of their FFA SAE (supervised agricultural experience, or projects) to earn either a gold or silver certificate, with the top 3 students in both the beginning and advanced divisions winning a plaque and cash award. Lyman Hagen and Carrie Monlux were the project competition judges and visited each student at the sites of their projects, which included their homes, feedlots, fields, ag shops, FFA school farms, and the students’ places of employment over the course of two weeks. Each student gave a short presentation and displayed their knowledge of their projects and what they have learned, answering questions about their FFA record books, budgets, financial statements, and future project and career goals. The financial statements from these 55 FFA members totaled $969,000, showing how important FFA members’ SAEs contribute to California agriculture, and there are 70,000 FFA members in the entire state!
The winners this year were the following:
Division 1 (9th-10th grade)
3rd – check for $50 – Hailey Trahnham – Maxwell
2nd – check for $100- Tyler Wilkerson – Gridley
1st – check for $150 – Loren Benedict – Las Plumas
Division 2 (11th-12th grade)
3rd –check for $100 – Kassidi Buttermore – Orland
2nd – check for $150 – Andrea Thomas – Colusa
1st – check for $250 – Noah Cornish – CORE FFA
A special award was presented to Lyman Hagen from the North Valley FFA Sectional officers naming him Honorary Member in the North Valley Section as a thank you for the 10 years he has judged and organized the Project Competition and his 33 years in the classroom as an agricultural instructor. Lyman has taught approximately 5800 students throughout his career, plus the many ranchers and feedlot managers he has advised as a livestock nutrition consultant with Purina.