State FFA Competition
Each November high school students from throughout Washington get together for the State FFA Potato Judging Competition. This year around 100 students, from about 20 different FFA programs, met up in Moses Lake and gave their best shot at grading potatoes. With clip boards in their hands students looked at and assigned grades to both seed and table stock potatoes.
As part of the competition students look at 100 random potatoes and then asssign them as either a one, two or cull potato. Some of the potatoes are high quality and some may have blemishes that they have to identify. Students also grade 64 seed potatoes in a similar fashion while looking at a variety of seed pieces that included all types of seed ranging from russets to reds.
Additionally, each student must provide a verbal explanation to FFA instructors for a set of ten potatoes as part of the oral reasons portion of the competition.
The WSPC is proud to be a sponsor of the event and award the first, second and third place students prize money for them to use towards their post-graduation plans. This year the top three winners were Alizabeth, Bailey, and Baile. Congratulations to them and all the participants who took part in this year’s State FFA Potato Judging Competition.