By Maggie Reynolds, Kuna FFA Reporter

The Kuna FFA chapter sent nine members to Burley last week to participate in the State Soils and State Rangeland CDE’s. Both of these Career Development Events (CDE’s) test the participants’ abilities to evaluate the potential of an area of land.

Kuna FFA Range Team - left to right: Henry Wilson, Maggie Reynolds, Mark Nebeker, Chris Ball, Mr. Dygert

In the Soils event, members look at the soil, slope, erosion, and other factors to determine how ideal the area would be for growing crops, rangeland, and development. The Rangeland CDE requires members to look at an area of land and evaluate factors such as growth of annual and perennial plants, types of plants available, and the amount of human interference to determine the capability of an area as a rangeland for wildlife common in Idaho.

The Soils team included members Kaisa Werner (9th high individual), Jeni Hagler, Kayla Simper, Amanda Reynolds, and Zack Reynolds. The team placed 4th overall. The Rangeland team was members Maggie Reynolds (4th high individual), Mark Nebeker (5th high individual), Henry Wilson, and Chris Ball. The team place 2nd overall and qualify to go to Utah to participate in Western Regional’s in November.

Kuna FFA also sent nineteen members to the FFA National Convention on Monday. Kuna FFA has three teams participating at the national level in Indianapolis. The Parliamentary Procedure, Farm Business Management, and Ag Mechanics teams will compete in their events as well as attend National Convention sessions, tour Indiana and Kentucky, and meet FFA members from across the country. Good Luck teams!