Aurora 4-H members received second place in the 18th annual Mid-America Grassland Evaluation Contest held in Springfield on June 6-7. The team competed in one of the top grassland contests in the Midwest.
Representing the Aurora team were Kensie Darst, Jacob Johnson and Ethan Mooneyham. In addition, Mooneyham was the first high individual and Johnson was ninth high individual in the 4-H Division.
Members of the Aurora 4-H tested their individual and team skills against other teams from Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, West Virginia and Missouri. There were a total of 18 teams, consisting of 4-H and FFA, competing for High Scoring Team and Individual Awards.
The high school contestants rotated through the four areas of judging; soil interpretation, plant identification, wildlife habitat and grassland condition. The contestants were given 25 minutes at each of the sites to answer various questions.
The Grassland Evaluation Contest is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Conservation, University Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This contest would not be possible without the additional sponsors which include: Missouri Forage and Grassland Council/Missouri Grazing Lands Coalition Initiative; NRCS; MDC; Farm Bureau; MFA, Inc.; Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the Department of National Resources, Soil and Water Conservation Program.