During National FFA Week, the Shelby FFA hosted the Glacier District Career Development Event (CDE) competitions. The CDEs included: Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems, Agronomy, Farm Business Management and Star Greenhand.
Teams from Cascade, Choteau, CJI, Conrad, Fairfield, Great Falls, Simms, Valier and Shelby competed for titles of top ag mechanic, agronomist, farm manager, and FFA greenhand.
The Ag Tech and Mech CDE, or ag mechanics as it’s commonly referred to, included stations of welding, electrical, tool ID, small engines, a comprehensive test, and a mathematical problem involving the Pythagorean Theorem. In addition, Torgerson’s LLC provided the group with a Case IH 4440 Patriot sprayer to use for identification and problem-solving.
The top three teams were recognized with a plaque. They included: Choteau, first place, Shelby, secondplace and Cascade, third place. There were 47 individuals in the Ag Tech and Mech CDE. The Shelby Ag Tech and Mech Team consisted of Alex Stratton (fourth place individual), Tanner Tustian (seventh place individual), Aidan Torgerson (ninth place individual) and Harold Miller (10th place individual). General Distributing Co. of Great Falls provided a judge and prizes for the top five welders out of the welding station. They included: Land Hinderager, of Simms; Harold Miller, Aidan Torgerson, and Tanner Tustian, all from Shelby; and Carter Morgan of Choteau. Lane walked away with a new auto-darkening welding helmet and Harold got some new welding gloves.
In the Farm Business Management CDE, Aidan Torgerson placed seventh out of 36 individuals.
The Shelby FFA will travel to Great Falls in late March to compete in the state CDE competitions to see if they have what it takes to become a state champion and qualify for the national competitions held in Indianapolis, Ind., in October.