By Elizabeth Reynolds and Macy Hagler
The Kuna FFA Chapter spent the first week of June competing in the State Career Development Events (CDEs) in Moscow at the University of Idaho. These events prepare students for the various agricultural careers that they may pursue in the future. In the Dairy Foods CDE, Kristina Artley, Kendra Summerall, Tayler Beus, and Macy Hagler, with advisor Travis Edwards, sampled various dairy products in order to identify defects, fat content, and authenticity, earning 9th place overall. In the Dairy Cattle Evaluation CDE, members Stanley Hansen, Sara Shankel, Megan Berheim, Makayla Berheim, and Eric Ball, with advisor Shawn Dygert, judged classes of dairy cattle to receive 6th place. Stanley also obtained a 9th high individual title. In the Agricultural Mechanics CDE, team members Kameron Wartman, Austin Grieve, Austin Drake, and Zak Moffat, with advisor Joe Blackstock, displayed skills in the mechanics industry such as welding, measuring, and tool identification. The team took 5th place, with team member Zak Moffat taking 3rd place in PVC pipe fitting. In the Forestry CDE, Brandon Reed, Ben Christensen, Max Blitman, and Brogan Moore, with advisor Travis Edwards, identified tree species and size earning a 5th place ranking. Brandon Reed earned 1st place individually. In the Livestock Evaluation CDE, team members Macy Hagler, Zachary Reynolds, Dustin Zabel, and Shannon Tully, with advisor Joe Blackstock, judged and placed classes of sheep, swine, and beef animals to acquire a 4th place ranking. Macy Hagler also achieved a 9th place individual ranking. In the Meats Evaluation CDE, members Eric Ball, Dustin Zabel, Geri Mills, and Aaron Emmert, with advisor Joe Blackstock, judged meat cuts and carcasses and assigned yield grades and quality grades. The team brought home a 2nd place plaque with Dustin Zabel in 3rd place, and Eric Ball finishing as 1st high individual. Finally, in the Agronomy CDE, team members Zachary Reynolds, Amanda Reynolds, Macy Hagler, and Elizabeth Reynolds, with advisor Shawn Dygert, identified various weeds and seeds and labeled deficiencies and defects in crop plants. Each team member placed in the top ten, with Elizabeth Reynolds in 6th, Macy Hagler in 5th, Amanda Reynolds in 2nd, and Zachary Reynolds in 1st. As a team, they placed 1st overall and will represent the Kuna FFA Chapter at the National convention in Louisville, Kentucky this October. The team joins creed speaker Shelby McNeilly who won the state Creed Speaking event in April. The Kuna FFA Chapter would like to congratulate all of the members who competed at the State Career Development Events and commend them on a job exceptionally well done.