Traveling down Highway 136 to the "farm" at Southeast Community College in Beatrice on Tuesday, one could find an interesting agricultural hodgepodge.

Piles of raw meat. Syringes. Chickens, dogs and cattle.

This assortment of items were all part of the career development event SCC holds every year at the college for FFA students at nearby high schools.

Nearly 30 high schools in FFA districts 1 and 5 were in attendance.

The career development event consists of different contests held in buildings throughout the campus, most of them done as teams. Contests range from equipment identification, agriculture sales, agriculture business, livestock management, envirothon and more.

"There's a lot of different activities for kids to participate in," SCC agriculture business instructor Alan Rumbaugh said.

Some of the contests are qualifiers for state FFA competitions, he added.

SCC teachers and students mediate the events, which also serve as a recruiting tool.

"Our students manage the contests, so they learn soft skills and people skills, problem solving," Rumbaugh said. "It's good for our students, too."

At the Truman Center, some students identified different agriculture products by sight and smell, while others sat at tables taking written tests.

Out at the agriculture center, students identified different kinds of pork and beef. They had to judge them from best to worst, identify quality and grade, agriculture business instructor Alex Goeckel said.

A few yards away, in a barn-like facility, other students took part in a veterinarian sciences contest where they had to identify what type of syringe and medicine to use on an animal.

"It's to demonstrate to us if they know how to mix it, do it right before it's ready to use," diversified agriculture student Garrett Wintz said.

Outside, even more students tried their hands at identifying different breeds of dogs, chickens and cattle.

Seward High School junior Montana Hill was attending the career development event for the second year in a row.

She said she might attend SCC in the future, but perhaps the Lincoln or Milford campus, as they're closer to her home.


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