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By LuAnn Schindler

Home on the range

Summerland FFA students gain understanding of rangeland ecosystems


October 7, 2021

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Test your knowledge • FFA students identify plants during district range judging, held in September. The contest consists plant identification, ecological site station, decision-making scenarios and a multiple choice quiz.

In early September, Summerland FFA members learned the importance of knowing how to read a field.

There's more to range judging, according to Summerland FFA Advisor Jacob Goldfuss.

"Because there is so much to this contest, preparing students for it can be quite a challenge," he said.

A quick primer on range judging: Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of rangeland ecosystems in order to make range management decisions.

"A proficient 'range judger' will be able to take one look at a section of range land and understand the following about it and make decisions, such as whether o...

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