Future Farmers of America compete

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Future Farmers of America competed in various agricultural events Wednesday. Close to 300 high schoolers from 18 school districts competed in a series of events. The competition evaluates how well they can apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Students competed in events like Ag mechanics to biotechnology and Ag sales. The goal is to provide these students career development opportunities for their future.

FFA officials say students gain a lot from the district event. District Coordinator Dan Scherer said, "You want your kids to compete well but more importantly get them some hands-on real life experiences that help them make a wise career decision down the road. So, by being involved in these contests the kids can learn some career skills that they wouldn't learn reading out of a book."

Winners who qualify will head to Lincoln for the state FFA competition in April.