Look out Snow College! On Tuesday, October 7, Snow’s campus will be filled with approximately two thousand high school students from around the state. These students are a part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program that comes to Snow to compete in several different categories.
The FFA Ag Day activities are run by the students of the Snow College Ag Club and Snow College Rodeo Team. Throughout the day, the teams from various schools will judge animals, land, livestock, range, plants, horses and even ag mechanics.
Snow college students have been preparing for this for several weeks now. Snow has put on the FFA Ag Day for over 40 years. Many of the Snow College students involved with the Ag Day have previously participated in it when they were high school students.
This day has become very well-known in the high school FFA programs as well as with in the local agriculture community. The local farms, ranches and businesses help make this day possible.
All of the equipment, livestock, land, horses and other things being judged are donated to the school. The official judges for each class volunteer their time, along with many of the places in which the classes will be judged. Not all of the classes can be judged on Snow College grounds. For example, the horse judging is held at Oberg’s Arena on West Campus.
In any one category there could be as many as 400 students judging a class. One of the more common categories that will be judged throughout the day will be livestock judging. High school students will judge either sheep, pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, or horses.
The Snow College FFA Ag Day has been a great success. Jay Olsen, head of the agriculture department, expects nothing less from this year. For more information on how to help, contact Olsen by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by his office in the Snow College Business Building on Main Street in Ephraim.