West Hills College Farm of the Future to sponsor Field Day

From West Hills College

West Hills College Coalinga’s Farm of the Future will host a Future Farmers of America (FFA) field day on Nov. 21, featuring four different competitions.

Over 100 students from schools across the state are expected to attend to compete in the event, which is the fifth field day hosted by WHCC at the Farm of the Future complex.

The field day will include competition in welding, land judging, best informed greenhand, and farm power career development events and allow FFA members to prepare for the upcoming state finals for these contests.

Dr. Timothy Ellsworth, a Farm of the Future instructor and the contest organizer, said field day events are important both as a way to give students the chance to learn about West Hills and also to educate them about agriculture as a possible career path. “First and foremost, these field days provide formative assessments (students learn as they compete in the competitions) that teach high school students agricultural fundamentals,” he said. “They also showcase our facilities, faculty and staff to high school Ag students, and perhaps more importantly, their Ag Instructors who can become some of our best advocates and play an important role in directing graduating seniors to local colleges.”

The action will start at 8 a.m. and culminate with the awarding of trophies and ribbons to the winning teams and individuals in each event. Buckles will be awarded to first place individuals and ribbons to first place teams and individuals.

For more information about the contest, contact Ellsworth at 559-934-2711 or timothyellsworth@whccd.edu. Registration for teams interested in attending is open until Nov. 8. 

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