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Chambersburg FFA wins farm show event

February 01, 2009

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg (Pa.) Area High School FFA placed first in the "Agriculture Technology: Improving Your Environment" demonstration competition at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Eight chapters from around the state designed life-size exhibits to showcase agriculture's role in environmentally friendly technology.

Many displays included donated machinery from local dealers, and topics ranged from GPS systems to water and wind power.

Judges for the competition were Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Region V Director Eric Cowden, Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators Executive Secretary Gerald Reichard and PennAg Industries Executive Vice President Chris Herr.

Special guests for the Jan. 17 awards ceremony included Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Bill Wehry, Farm Show Director Pat Kerwin, Manager of Competitive Agriculture Events Jim Sharp, and Lancaster Farming Special Sections Editor Charlene Shupp Espenshade.

Lancaster Farming sponsored the event.

Each chapter received a $500 check for its efforts.

In addition, the chapters competed for Best of Show and People's Choice Awards.

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The first place Best of Show and $300 went to Apple City FFA, from Biglerville, Adams County. Manheim FFA received $200 for second in Best of Show and $250 for the People's Choice award.

The results and topics of the "Agriculture Technology: Improving Your Environment" demonstrations were as follows:

First place - Chambersburg High School, Franklin County - "Pennsylvania Christmas Trees: Environmental Gifts"

Second place - Cumberland Valley High School, Cumberland County - "PA Hardwoods: A Natural Contributor to the Environment"

Third place - Bermudian Springs High School, Adams County - "Resourceful Conservation: Saving Our Soil"

Fourth place - Manheim Central High School, Lancaster County - "Pennsylvania Farmers Grow a Rainbow"

Fifth place - Penn Manor High School, Lancaster County - "Cows to Kilowatts"

Sixth place - Biglerville High School, Adams County - "Wind Power: A Natural Environment Power Source"

Seventh place - Midd-West High School, Snyder County - "Global Positioning Systems: Environmental Preservation"

Eighth place - Eastern Lebanon County High School, Lebanon County - "Water Power: A Natural Environment Power Source."

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