Grant County students perform well at S.D. Rangeland Days

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Participating in the 31st Annual South Dakota Rangeland Days held at the scenic Arrow Ranch overlooking the Missouri River near Chamberlain, S.D., on June 24 and 25th were a Milbank FFA Team and a Grant County 4-H Team. Individuals were able to participate in student displays, range-related talks, and a range judging contest. Participating in the Scout Division which is the novice divison for high school students who have had no previous judging experience were FFA members: Zach Wiese, Alex Hopkins, and Alysha Madsen. The team placed 1st with members Alex Hopkins first, Zach Wiese second, and Alysha Madsen third. The 4-H Range Team consisted of Kadon Leddy, Kiera Leddy, and Brianna Schreurs. The team placed 3rd in the Go-Getter Divison with Kiera Leddy 10th individual. Kiera also received first in the Go-Getter Division for student display and range-related talk titled: “Prairie Pothole Region – Endangered Ecosystem”. She will represent South Dakota at the 2015 International Society for Range Management Meeting which will be held February at Sacramento, California. Korbin Leddy participated in the New Ranger Division receiving 2nd place in the display category and 3rd place in the range-related talk. Participants learned about South Dakota rangelands, identifying range plants, ecological sites, and natural resources management. Next year’s Rangeland Days is already being planned and will be held again in Chamberlain.