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The Agriculture Department at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) hosted the 67th annual ‘Aggie Days’ in March and hundreds of area students attended the yearly interscholastic agriculture contests. Students from all over the four-state area travelled to compete in a variety of events, from speech and plant taxonomy to livestock and meat judging. Aggie Days is open to any student who is a member of 4-H or FFA, and participants range in age from third grade to seniors in high school. “Although our Aggie Days contest spans more than six decades, the events have evolved with the industry,” said McKenzie Conner, Agriculture Department Chair. “This year’s Aggie Day event included contests such as Meat Evaluation (hosted at the newly unveiled Quapaw Tribe Meat Processing Facility) and Forestry (hosted by Oklahoma Forestry Services), along with 14 other agriculture and natural resource related competitions. This event provides excellent exposure for the programs and activities available at NEO in the field of agriculture. ”

The Adair FFA received first place in the Aggie Days sweepstakes division for multiple-teacher programs. They were followed by Owasso and Oklahoma Union. In the single-teacher division, Vinita FFA took first in the sweepstakes division, followed by Colcord and Chouteau. The winning chapters in each division were awarded a Viking Tuition Scholarship. The continued success of Aggie Days depends on community support, and the following businesses participated as event sponsors this year: First National Bank, Welch State Bank, Chetopa Vet, Ace Hardware, Faulkner Grain, Inc., Post Properties, Hooves, Paw and Claws, Karns Pro Tire, J&M Farms, Specialty Risk Insurance, Longan Construction, Welch Stockyards, Eubanks Equipment, Bartlett Co-op, 3-F Farms, Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Waylans Ku Ku, Anders Farms, Sasser Saddle Shop. For more information on Aggie Days, please contact McKenzie Conner at 918-540-6998 or email mckenzie.nygren@neo.edu. (Photo: High Point Livestock winners for the Sr. FFA division)

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