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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Cleburne 4H makes a showing in Springfield

  • Cleburne County 4-H has returned home after participating in the 15th Annual Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest in Springfield, Missouri on June 3 – 4, 2014.
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  • Cleburne County 4-H has returned home after participating in the 15th Annual Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest in Springfield, Missouri on June 3 – 4, 2014.  The team competed in one of the top grassland contests in the Midwest , at a site near Springfield. 
    From the beginning, the Grassland Evaluation Contest has been a joint effort
    between the Missouri Department of Conservation, University Extension and the
    Natural Resources Conservation Service.  This contest began in Missouri in 1992 with two contests held.  Since that time, the contests have grown to include six District Contests, using the Vocational Agriculture Districts as boundaries.  In 1994, the first State Grassland Evaluation Contest was held and the top two high scoring teams from each District Contest were invited.  The contest continued to grow and in 2000 the first Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest was held.  This contest would not be possible without the additional sponsors which include:  Missouri Forage and Grassland Council/Missouri Grazing Lands Coalition Initiative; NRCS; MDC; Farm Bureau; MFA, Inc.; Soil and Water Conservation Districts; and the Department of Natural Resources, Soil and Water Conservation Program.  
    Members of the Cleburne County 4-H tested their individual and team skills against other teams from Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and Missouri.  There were a total of 27 teams, consisting of 4-H and FHA, competing for High Scoring Team and Individual Awards.  The high school contestants rotated through the four areas of judging; soil interpretation, plant  identification, wildlife habitat  and grassland condition.  The contestants were given 25 minutes at each of the sites to answer various questions.
    Awards were presented to the top five 4-H teams, the top five FFA teams and the overall high scoring team.  Individual awards were presented to the top five high scoring individuals in both FFA and 4-H as well as the overall high scoring individual.
    Cleburne County won 3rd place in the 4-H division.  Rachel Wilson won 5th place high individual, other team members included Aaron Wilson, Matthew Hipp and Isaac Feil, Coach Michelle Mobley.
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