FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA
FFA LANDSCAPE EXHIBITS
Chairperson: Meredeth Ashworth
Narragansett FFA, 245 South Pier Road, Narragansett, RI 02822
2015 Theme: "Native Plants"
- Space provided for FFA Landscape Exhibits will be 15 feet across the front and 10 feet deep. The Competition is open to all FFA Chapters in Rhode Island.
- A Chapter sign will be displayed in each exhibit after judging. A sketch 22" x 18" (covered with clear plastic to protect from rain and water), which identifies plant materials in the exhibit, shall be erected in the left front corner of the exhibit. 3. Front viewing of the exhibit shall be the primary objective. The rear of the exhibit has a six-foot wall, but there is no limit to the height, which may be used. 4. No less than five types of live plant materials will be used and they shall be of good type and condition (balled or containers). 5. Exhibits will be judged Wednesday. The criteria by which the FFA Landscapes Exhibits will be judged are as follows:
Design: 300 points
Plant Materials: 300 points
Nonliving Materials: 200 points
Sketch and Labeling: 200 points
Premiums: 1st - $125, 2nd - $100, 3rd, 4th, 5th - $75 each
FFA WOODSMAN CONTEST
Contact: Ed Spincer and Megan Rogers
59 Rocky Hill Road, Scituate, RI 02857
Advisors: Joan Selfridge, Scituate; Malaree Searle and Loren Andrews, Ponaganset; Stacie Pepperd and Christine Haberek, Chariho; Gregory Breene and Meredith Ashworth, Narragansett
- RI FFA members must be or have been enrolled in a High School Ag Program for the current year. A team consists of two members. A team consisting of a boy and a girl will compete with the boys!
- The Chairman will provide splitting mauls and axes. Every team must bring their own saw! Cant hooks will be available to use.
- Decision of the Judges is final. Judges reserve the right to disqualify anyone for unsportsman- like conduct or for safety reasons
Team members will roll a log on rails (2x4) a distance of 30-40 ft. Girls-one way, Boys down and back! If the log rolls off the rail it must be brought back to that point, placed back on the rail before the team may continue. The log is 12 inches longer than the rails are wide.
Team members will drag a log with a two-man log carrier. Girls will drag the log 30-40 feet-Boys 60-80 feet.
Team members will throw 6 pieces of pulp 20 feet and have them land between two stakes four feet apart. They will throw as many as they can in 2 minutes. If they step over the line a deduction will occur.The time allowed will be two minutes.
Team members will be asked to split 5-7 dots each on a chopping block. There is no time limit. The axe must be over the member’s head and drop to split the dot.
Team members will split wood for 2 minutes. They will place the wood in a barrel with a 5-inch hole in the top. No round wood can be pushed into the barrel. The wood will be measured by volume.
Team members will saw an 8x8 inch pine cant. Girls will make 2 cuts - Boys 3 cuts.
FFA Fire (optional)
Team members will gather firewood, can of water, match, and fire-starter bag from the four corners of the ring. Each member of the team may carry only one item at a time back to his or her stand in the middle of the ring. The team to boil the water first-places first!
Trophies will be presented to the top overall male and female teams. Premiums for high score foreach event.
FFA SAFE TRACTOR OPERATION
Superintendent: Greg Breene
Narragansett High School, 245 South Pier Road, Narragansett, RI 02822
Two wheel manure spreader, one axle steering, 4 wheel wagon, skid steer, and tractor loader operation , tool and parts id , and general knowledge test as per Big E rules. Eligibility: R.I. FFA members must be or have been enrolled in a high school Ag/Ag science program for the current year.
- Corresponding Big E score sheets for each of the above areas will be used during contest in evaluating contestants on each piece of equipment.
- Contestants must take a 25 question multiple choice tests on safety and tractor operation. A 25 question tool and parts Id must also be completed.
- The contestants will drive to the starting line and follow the course outlined by the judge. Time starts on signal from official starting point and stops when contestant returns to this point.
- In spotting the tractor and manure spreader, the contestant must come to a stop, set the brakes and put the gear shift in neutral or park and indicate that he is finished spotting.
- The contestant will hitch only the 4 wheel wagon. The contestant will backup to the drawbar, dismount the tractor and hitch the wagon. The contestant will make the hitch without moving the wagon forward more than an inch. The contestant will backup to the 2 wheel wagon and tell the judges when to hitch the trailer. At that time the judges will measure distance from the hitch to the trailer as per the scorecard.
- The contestant will be allowed 10 minutes for each tractor event. The contestant will be notified at 8 minutes that 2 minutes remain in the contest. If the contestant has not finished the event in ten minutes, they will be stopped by the judge and the 1000 point deduction made.
- Contestants will be disqualified if they dismount to observe clearance. Contestants will be allowed to correct their direction in the figure eight portion of the 2 wheel wagon. If they must be alerted to their mistake in direction they will be disqualified.
- If a contestant fails to back the spreader within the allotted time, measurements will be taken from the closest point of the spreader to the rear of the stall.
- Contestants may be disqualified if they are observed not following safety standards which may endanger themselves or the public.
- The tractor loader event will run as per the Big E rules and course setup. Contestants will follow proper safety procedures as they relate to using a tractor with a loader.
Judges decisions are final. Participants should arrive on site 30 minutes prior to the start of the contest for a briefing of the rules and to familiarize themselves with the equipment.
Premiums: 1st-$50.00 2nd -$30.00 3rd-- $20.00
FFA DAIRY SHOWMANSHIP
Contact: Christina Haberek, Chariho High School
FFA Dairy Showmanship will be on Friday, August 19th
A special class for Rhode Island FFA Dairy Showmanship will be held before Jr. Dairy Showmanship. This competition is designed to encourage all FFA Members to participate regardless of experience. No penalties will be given for dress; however, participants should wear boots for safety reasons. Each RI FFA chapter may enter four showmen. Animals will be drawn at 7:30am. Each showman will wash and groom the animals in this class. The winner will represent RI at the Regional FFA Showmanship Contest at Eastern States Exposition.
Awards: Plaque to winning chapter and medal to top three individuals.