Cameron to host 500 high school students during annual Agriculture Interscholastic Meet

The Cameron University Agriculture Department will play host to approximately 500 high school students representing 70 high schools from throughout Oklahoma during its annual Ag Interscholastic Meet on April 6 and April 26. The event helps agriculture students to hone their skills in areas ranging from practical animal science and agronomy to leadership and business while it prepares the students for the state competition. Cameron has hosted the Ag Interscholastic Meet for more than 50 years.

“In addition to allowing high school students to prepare for the state competition, it gives them the opportunity to get acquainted with the Cameron community and explore opportunities for their future education,” says Dr. Leon Fischer, Ag Interscholastic Coordinator and Chair of the Cameron Agriculture Department. “We are pleased to carry on this outstanding tradition that serves the agriculture leaders of tomorrow.”

On Wednesday, April 6, participants will demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of topics including Meat Judging, Field Crops/Agronomy/Seeds ID, Farm Business Management, Floriculture, Livestock Judging, Food Science/Technology, Dairy Foods, Land and Pasture Evaluation, and Farm Shop tests. Both individual and team awards will be presented at the end of the day.

The second session on Tuesday, April 26, will be the Southwest District FFA Speech Competition. Contestants will present speeches in the areas of Agri-Business, Agriculture Policy, AgriScience, Animal Sciences, 8th Grade Agri-Exploration, 8-9-10th Grade General Ag, Extemporaneous, FFA Creed, Natural Resources, 9th Grade FFA Opportunities and Plant Science. Individual awards will be presented for each of the speaking topics. A Quiz Bowl will also take place, with team awards being presented. 

For more information, go to http://www.cameron.edu/agriculture/interscholastic.html  or call the Cameron Agriculture Department at 581-2275.

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March 25, 2011

PR#11-058