Future Farmers of America meet in competition

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Students put their skills to the test during Future Farmers of America Sub-Division competition Tuesday morning.

Middle school and high school students from Liberty High School, Blountstown High School, Breakfast Point Middle School, Altha Middle School, Altha High School, Carr Middle School, and Bozeman School met at Sand Hills Assembly of God Church to compete.

The focus of Tuesday's competition focused on "Leadership Development Events" or LDEs.

These events included Tractor Driving, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedures and Creed Speaking.

"Actually putting your student in an agriculture program nowadays, is more than just farming and working with animals. As you can see, it's also developing leadership skills to move forward with their next employment whenever they graduate high school," said Becky Peltonen, the competition's Host Adviser and Agriculture Biotechnology teacher at Deane Bozeman.

Participants had homemade chicken and dumplings or rabbit and dumplings, among other dishes, for lunch.

The meat and eggs came from the Land Lab at Bozeman. Students actually harvested and prepared the meal.

Those who came in first place move on in their respective categories to the district FFA competition. The winners from district's will go to state competition in Orlando.