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Carrying on a Tradition: Taylor FFA Forestry Team Wins 2021 State Championship

by Special to the Banner-News | April 29, 2021 at 8:16 a.m.
(Pictured right to left) Jack Hoyle, Beau Emerson, Will Barton and Rayne Cranford

Members of the Taylor FFA Forestry career development event team recently won first place in the state competition held at the FFA Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs.

Taylor FFA has a strong tradition of championship forestry teams and preparing students for careers in Arkansas forestry. Taylor FFA Forestry teams, coached by Advisor Mr. Gary Hines, previously won state championships in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1997. These teams went on to achieve National FFA Forestry Championships in 1992, 1994 and 1997.

The 2021 Taylor Forestry Team is coached by FFA Advisor, Chad Poindexter and local forester, Coach Mike Jackson. Skills in the Forestry CDE range from tree and pest identification to calculating timber volume for forest plots. This event prepares students for a variety of careers in forestry and natural resources. Rayne Cranford was the first place individual, followed by Beau Emerson, 4th place, Jack Hoyle, 10th place and Will Barton, 19th place. The team will now move on to compete in the National FFA competition this fall in Louisville, Kentucky.

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