Three members of the Labette County FFA Chapter recently travelled to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas to compete in the National Entomology Career Development Event. Months of determination and preparation paid off as the members of the Labette County FFA Chapter put their skills to the test. Although the National FFA Entomology CDE differs in format, aspects of the Kansas FFA Entomology CDE helped to prepare the students for success at the national level. At the Kansas CDE, students were required to complete a 50 question written test concerning the management of 72 insect species common to Kansas. Test questions dealt with life cycles, chemical control measures, integrated pest management practices, biological control, pest feeding habits, and genetic modifications relative to pest management. In addition to the written test, students were required to identify 50 insects in various life stages. The team from the Labette County FFA Chapter dominated the state competition in May, and therefore earned the right to compete in Stephenville, Texas.
The format of the National FFA Entomology CDE followed the Texas FFA CDE rules, therefore, no written test was administered. Additionally, the rules stipulate that students learn to identify 150 insects common to Texas and be able to determine the common name, order, metamorphosis, mouthparts, and significance to man. When results were read, the team from Labette County earned second place honors.
Team members included:
Bethany Holsinger—4th individual overall
Trent Walker—6th individual overall
Bobbi Moon—7th individual overall
Congratulations to the 2012 Labette County FFA Entomology Team for their grand showing at Nationals.£