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4,000 students expected for FFA area contest

Tarleton State University

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Several thousand high school students and their sponsors will visit Stephenville on Wednesday, April 9, for the annual Area FFA Career Development Events contest, hosted by Tarleton State University.

Approximately 4,000 students and ag science educators representing more than 300 high schools will converge on the Tarleton campus to participate in various contests and vie for a berth at the State FFA contests in their respective events.

This week’s contest follows the Tarleton FFA Invitational CDE Judging Contest held March 27, which was attended by more than 9,000 high school students—an event that can claim to be the world’s largest FFA contest.

“We have hosted these events for as long as the Texas FFA Organization has sponsored them,” said Dr. Don Cawthon, dean of the college. “I believe our commitment to agricultural education, to our high school agriculture teachers and to high school students who will become the next generation of leaders in the agricultural, environmental and food industries is second to none.”

Members from nine of the Texas FFA association’s 10 areas will compete in 15 contests, including ag mechanics, dairy, entomology, farm business management, floriculture, horse judging, land, livestock judging, meats, milk quality and products, nursery/landscape, poultry, range judging, vet tech and wool.

Tarleton will host the State FFA contests for dairy cattle, environmental and natural resources, homesite evaluation, land, milk quality and products, and range on April 24.

For more information on this and future FFA events, contact Dr. Ted Ford at 254-968-9224 or email


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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