Archive for Wednesday, August 18, 2004

PRHS students perform well in ag challenge

August 18, 2004

The Pleasant Ridge FFA again supplied the winner of the Ag Challenge of Champions.

Brian Lee won this year's event after Mike Beying won last year's challenge. Both are from Easton and attend PRHS.

The challenge, which is open to anyone, is similar to a knowledge bowl, fair board member David Todd said.

Participants answer questions about various aspects of agriculture.

"Everything you can think of in agriculture," Todd said.

The test takes about 10 minutes to complete, at least at the Leavenworth County Fair. Topics included veterinary equipment, farm machinery, cuts of meet, feed and nutrition.

"We don't want it to be as tough as state, but we want it to be similar," Todd said.

Beying would know all about that. The Pleasant Ridge senior was runner-up at last year's state competition. The competition at state took about 3 1/2 hours to complete. It included extemporaneous speech, tractor part identification, meat identification, horticulture and agronomy and general knowledge. Beying said crop identification was the hardest area at state last year.

For his finish last September, Beying was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to be used equally over four semesters at a Kansas college or university.

Last weekend, Beying was offered a livestock judging scholarship at Hutchinson Community College.

Eventually, he'll attend Kansas State University.

"K-State's where I'll use it at," Beying said.

Beying finished sixth at this year's Leavenworth County Ag Challenge of Champions.

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