Calloway County FFA continues winning streak
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture hosted the 64th annual FFA Field Day on April 13 at the William “Bill” Cherry Expo Center. This year’s field day saw participation from 46 schools with more than 1,300 students taking part.
Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture hosted the 64th annual FFA Field Day on April 13 at the William “Bill” Cherry Expo Center. This year’s field day saw participation from 46 schools with more than 1,300 students taking part. Calloway County FFA won the sweepstakes overall chapter award for the 11th consecutive year.
Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture hosted the 64th annual FFA Field Day on April 13 at the William “Bill” Cherry Expo Center. This year’s field day saw participation from 46 schools with more than 1,300 students taking part. Calloway County FFA won the sweepstakes overall chapter award for the 11th consecutive year.

The FFA Field day held many events for students to participate in with a mix of team competition, individual competitions and exhibition events. The ten team events consisted of four-person teams who could earn a total score of 1,200 points per event, which breaks down to a 400-point score per team member. Some of the team events included livestock, dairy, soil, horse, horticulture, tobacco and poultry judging as well as small animal technology and agricultural mechanization contests.

Individual competitions, which were worth 400 points per task, included seed and weed identification, auctioneering, horsemanship, tractor driving and tool identification. Participating schools could potentially earn up to 7,200 points for team competitions and up to 1,200 points for individual scores, for a total possible chapter sweepstakes score of 8,400 points.
Some schools in the region, such as the 20 participating schools from Illinois traveled more than three hours to join in the FFA Field Day competitions. After the scores were tallied, more than 30 trophies and plaques were awarded to teams and individual winners. The Calloway County FFA chapter won the sweepstakes overall chapter award for the 11th consecutive year.
“This event is coordinated and conducted with the assistance of all of the MSU Hutson School of Agriculture faculty, staff, and students.  It is an important part of our recruitment and service strategic plan, and provides an opportunity for our students to be involved in conducting the events to help them live up to our theme of providing ‘an education instead of just a degree’,” said Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture.
The top five chapters and their point totals are as follows:  1. Calloway County (6,437); 2. Caldwell County (5,947); 3. McCracken County (5,411); 4. Marshall County (5,332); and 5. Webster County (5,211).
Team event winners were Livestock Judging, Olney (Ill.); Dairy Judging, Graves County; Horse Judging, Calloway County; Soil Judging, Caldwell County; Burley Tobacco, Christian County; Dark Fired Tobacco, Hickman County; Air-Cured Tobacco, Caldwell County; Floriculture, Calloway County; Nursery, Olney (Ill.); Horticulture Overall, Calloway County; Small Animal, Calloway County; Agricultural Mechanization, Marshall County; Poultry Judging (Kentucky State Champion Contest), Calloway County.
Individual Championships went to Calen Martin, Calloway County – Seed Identification; Karley Dagg, Cisne (Ill.) – Weed Identification; Wyatt Wood, McCracken County – Auctioneering; Josie Carr, Trigg County – Horsemanship; Logan Haven, Allen County Scottsville – Tractor Driving; and Allen Mullins, Calloway County – Tool Identification.
Demonstration event winners were Tyler Brinkley (Vienna, Ill.) in Bull Riding, Aaron Stallons (Hopkinsville) in calf roping, and Josey Powell (Marshall County) in Goat Tying.