On Saturday, March 5, 2016, Escalon FFA members traveled to the University of California, Davis to compete in the UC Davis Field Day. For many Escalon FFA team members, UC Davis kicked off the competition season. After months and months of studying and practicing, they were finally able to test their knowledge and compete against other teams from all over the state. Career development events range anywhere from driving farm equipment in the Farm Power Contest to judging livestock in the Livestock Judging Contest to working on computers in the Computer Applications Contest to conducting experiments in Agriscience Research.
Escalon FFA had a strong showing and did very well at the field day. Members worked extremely hard and were able to bring home many ribbons and awards. Computer Applications was 1st high team with Elliot Mello placing 2nd and Dalsin Alves placing 4th. Advanced Agriscience Research was 1st high team with Hannah Murphy placing 3rd and Lexi Anderson placing 4th; Novice Agriscience was 3rd. The Farm Power team was 4th with John Rivara placing 3rd overall as an individual, while the Vegetable Crops Judging team was 4th overall as well. Agronomy was the 5th high team with Cassidy Ley-Han placing 3rd overall, and Allie Panero placed 9th as an individual in the Livestock Judging Contest. Several members won sub-contest awards in the different categories within their individual contest, including the thirteen competitors in Agriscience Research who all placed within their research categories and grade divisions.
As UC Davis is still sorting out tabulations at this time, it is unclear if the chapter has won the sweepstakes award. However, it is safe to say that as a chapter, there is a clear chance that the award may be given to Escalon, who had several high placing teams that day. Congratulations to all the members who competed. The chapter looks forward to the upcoming field days this spring.