Students Get 'Down & Dirty' In Soil Competition
Area students got down and dirty Tuesday morning.
It was the annual Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District land judging competition.
Around 260 members of Future Farmers of America from eight schools in Lewis and Jefferson counties were asked to identify several types of soil.
A farm near Philadelphia hosted the event.
Even though it was a competition, organizers say the real goal is to teach how important soil is.
"It's good for the students to understand what the soils are for," said Christine Watkins, an agronomist with the Soil and Water Conservation District.
"People don't realize that there's difference in the soils," she said.
"It's good for them to learn it's not just the ag portion of it, but it's just the overall importance of what soils are capable of doing for us."
The competition rotates between counties each year.
Next fall, students will be getting up close and personal with Lewis County dirt.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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