Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–This year, the contests Muscatine FFA competes in will look significantly different than in years past in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, students showed they can persevere and adapt at the virtual meats judging state competition, their first of the year. Through effort and creative thinking, the team’s three members distinguished themselves, earning fourth place out of 23 teams.

For students who have participated in meats judging before, the contest felt starkly different than it did previously. “It was a lot more difficult than when you do it in person,” said Bob Carver, a sophomore who earned second place individually. Rather than evaluating carcasses for yield and grade, and identifying the cut and grade of different pieces of meat in person, students based their judgement on a series of photos.

“I felt that it was interesting because we weren’t with the other schools and we couldn’t see what they were doing and we could only see the pictures from one side,” added senior Brooke Horton.

Even so, the students felt pleased with their accomplishments. “It feels pretty good” said Bob, reflecting on his team’s fourth place. He also took pride in his own second place individual finish, which represented growth from his sixth place score a year ago. “It shows that I am improving, and that the competition is challenging,” he observed.

Despite the technical limitations the virtual contest presented, Muscatine High School agriculture teacher teacher Dave Tometich felt the students did well too. “I’m really pleased that they had an opportunity to do it,” he stated. He also valued that students still had a chance to practice the real life skills the meats judging competition tests. “Whether it’s the math portion or the ID portion, it shows that these are real life skills for everybody,” he emphasized.

Students also enjoyed getting to help each other prepare for the competition and pass the skills they have learned over the years to younger members. “If you have a peer teaching you, it’s easier than if you have a teacher doing it,” stated Brooke. She especially appreciated working on memorization skills, which have helped her retain information for other classes and activities.

Over the next several weeks, Muscatine FFA members will participate in a number of virtual and social distanced events, though no national FFA contests will take place this year. On Saturday, Oct. 3 (after this newspaper went to press) students competed in the virtual state poultry competition. This week, students will take part in a socially distanced outdoor state soil judging contest as well. Muscatine FFA plans to announce more contest dates as they become available.

Latest News

More Articles Like This

Muscatine Today

MTS- Brandon is here to talk about Fat Cat

Today on the show Scott Schultz from Impact Fitness and Nutrition is here to talk about more healthy fitness tips. Then if you are looking to get your car cleaned up from the winter listen to today's show to learn about a business in town that can help you with that and more..... Thank you to our show sponsors: Harpers Cycling and Fitness, Beckey Insurance, Muscatine Power and Water, RIVO Plumbing and Heating, ImpactLife Blood Center, Lutheran Living, Toyota of Muscatine, Impact Fitness and Nutrition, Sun Tan City Muscatine, Real Estate Resource Associates, UnityPoint Health Trinity Muscatine and Hy-Vee Muscatine #muscatinetodayshow #goodmorningmuscatine #KindnessIsFree

DMSN Broadcasts

Manta Rays Swim

Join us as the Muskie Boys Basketball team hosts the North Scott Lancers! Watch Your Way: Discover Muscatine Facebook Discover Muscatine YouTube DiscoverMuskie Twitter Muscatine Power and Water Cable Channel 3 Brought to you by Muscatine Power and Water, Muscatine Lawn and Power, Hy-Vee, Bayer of Muscatine, First National Bank of Muscatine, Affordable Metal Manufacturing, Eastern Iowa Power Washers, Arty’s Ice Cream and Grill, Rivo Plumbing and Heating, Riots and Rebelle’s Salon, Bickford Senior Living, Let’s Eat, Muscatine Community Y and the Youth Sports Foundation. #DMSN #MuskieSports #Muscatine #MuskieSchools #basketball #prephoops #prepbasketball

Talk of the Town

No sugar tonight

Shout-out to the legendary band, The Guess Who, and their song "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" for the inspiration for the title of this...

Muscatine Area News