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FFA chapter to showcase farm advances

January 07, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The FFA chapter at Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School is among seven statewide that are to showcase agricultural advances at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show's Agricultural Technology Display competition.

In its third year, the theme of this year's competition is "Gearing Up for the 21st Century." Students are allowed to use their own materials and props - including farm equipment - to develop a display and demonstration that showcases advances made in agriculture.

The exhibits are on display in the Expo Hall of the Farm Show Complex all this week.

"Youth are the future leaders of Pennsylvania agriculture, our state's number one industry, and the benefits of this competition are two-fold," Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said.

"We're educating consumers and producers about trends in the industry while encouraging youth to explore the many opportunities available to them in agriculture," Wolff said. "By combining these efforts, we can keep Pennsylvania agriculture growing for generations to come."

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The Chambersburg chapter is the only one in Franklin or Fulton counties that is participating in the event. Its exhibit is titled "Large Tractor."

Each of the seven participating FFA, formerly known as Future Farmers of America, chapters will receive $500 for participating and will have the opportunity to win another $500 in prize money awarded by judges, as well as a $250 People's Choice award decided by show visitors. Winners will be announced Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Expo Hall.

Last year's winner was the Manheim FFA Chapter display, which highlighted problems associated with an increasing world population. The display showed population growth over the last few decades, from 3 billion in 1960 to more than 6.5 billion in 2007, and a ticker counted the population increase per second.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 8,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 5-12 at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. Admission is free and parking is $5.

For more information, go to www.farmshow.state.pa.us.

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