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The lay of the land

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Dozens of students from schools in Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties took part in the Tri-County Land Judging contest put on by the Gilchrist Soil and Water Conservation District at the Trenton FFA Arena Feb. 25.
Participants, trying to determine the soil’s suitabilty for agriculture and home construction, evaluated the soil in four pits spread out across a field. They also tried to determine the slope of the land between the pits.
“It’s a very, very good contest; not only for agriculture but for anybody who wants to build,” said Jack Halabrin, a retired agriculture teacher from Williston volunteering at the contest.
Halabrin said the event is one of the more practical contests available to FFA members.
Whitney Mills, 14, of Chiefland Middle School, took part in this year’s contest and said she, along with other FFA strudents, spent about three months studying soils.
“It was fairly easy, except for the homesite,” she said.
Despite the events practicality, Whitney said she doesn’t think she’ll use her soil-judging skills much in the future.


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