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Area FFA students compete to go to state

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Across the state FFA chapters are holding qualifying rounds to see just who will make it to May's state competition. Tuesday area students gathered at Riverland Community College, in Albert Lea, to participate in the regional competition.

More than 100 students took part in the event. While the title, FFA or Future Farmers of America, may lead one to believe the competition focused solely on agriculture, that wasn't the case. Students completed tasks in carpentry, diesel technology, farm business management, and industrial maintenance and mechanics.

An event organizer said the competition involves written tests and hands on experience.

"They may have to use an electrical meter to take an electrical measurement. They might have to go onto the piece of equipment itself, make an observation and go back and answer some questions," explained Riverland instructor, Mike Bute.

A participant told us he felt everyone could benefit from FFA.

"It's pretty important. I mean, it's pretty much a lifestyle. Everything revolves around it, all the necessities of life we get from people that do stuff in agriculture," said Ben Slowinski, of Hayfield.

FFA is a program giving students a chance to gain leaderships skills through agricultural education. Topics can range from farming and livestock to small animals and even floriculture. A Southland Instructor told us you don't have to be a farm kid to participate. In fact, he said close to 40% of his members are from the city. Across the nation more than 55,000 students participate in FFA.


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