The Laramie High School FFA participate in the Wyoming state FFA competition this Wednesday to Saturday in Laramie and Cheyenne.

The state competition starts Wednesday morning in Laramie for meats evaluation because of the University of Wyoming’s meat locker. The first opening session will take place Wednesday night at LCCC in Cheyenne and the closing final session is planned for Saturday morning.

The team stays in Cheyenne overnight and had to fundraise for the hotel costs.

They compete to get the chance to qualify for National FFA in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Last year, six Snowy Range and LHS teams qualified for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Senior Ashby Florence qualified for the national conference in her sophomore year.

“I like doing FFA because you get to provide a lot of leadership and we also travel a lot around the state to different conferences and you get to meet a lot of people around the state,” Florence said.

If a student is in an agriculture-related class at LHS, they are automatically enrolled into FFA.

The two types of events are leadership development events (LDE), in which students compete individually. The team events are called career development events (CDE) in which the student compete in 3-4 person teams.

The students compete in events including meats evaluation, livestock judging, parliamentary procedure, conduct of meetings, poultry judging, environmental and natural resources, agricultural sales, agricultural mechanics, agronomy, farm and ranch management, horse evaluation, veterinary science

Some events require individual or team tests, but in other events, the students will must judged and evaluate different things based on their event.

“I really think the purpose is to inform our communities about agriculture and…provide community service,” Florence said.

The officer team for FFA include President as Trey Mushman (senior), Vice President as Ashby Florence (senior), 2nd Vice President as Kelcey Anderson (senior), Treasurer as Dawson Evertson (senior), Secretary as Saige Ward (junior), Parliamentarian as Taylor Fawcett (senior), Sentinel as Rylie Heggie (sophomore) and Reporter as Hadley Koske (junior).

sMany of the students like Florence started FFA in 8th grade.

A lot of students also transition from competing in 4-H to competing in FFA in high school.

Some FFA students also plan to incorporate agriculture into their futures. “I want to go to college for elementary education, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to continue to be in the agricultural industry,” Florence said.