Members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Missouri were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, led by advisor Stacy French, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 161 other participants. Courtney Bertels received a Gold emblem, Lindsey Gastler received a Gold emblem, Julie Hale received a Gold emblem, and Mason Sims received a Gold emblem.
The Top 10 individuals and the national winning team members received cash awards to recognize their success in the event. The cash awards and the events are sponsored by Kraft Foods-Oscar Mayer Division, Cargill Meat Solutions, Hormel Foods Corporation, and Tyson Foods, Inc. as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
The National FFA Meats Technology and Evaluation CDE is a competitive event that tests students’ skills and competencies in evaluation and identifying meat carcasses and products. Event components include a general knowledge exam; beef carcass evaluating; identification of wholesale and retail cuts of beef, lamb, and pork; quality and yield grading of beef carcasses; a team meat merchandising event; and solving of a meat formulation problem. Each team has competed on the local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their state at the National FFA Convention and Expo. This event, held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, is one of the many educational activities at the National FFA Convention and Expo in which FFA members apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.