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Sunbelt Expo offers educational opportunities for youth

In a salute to healthy competition, the Sunbelt Ag Expo invites students in grades 6 – 12 to participate in its Youth Educational Challenges, a set of six competitive challenges during the 2018 Sunbelt Expo. Any student from any state is invited to participate. Awards will be given for each challenge to the top three finishers in the Junior and Senior divisions, to the club or chapter with the best overall finish, and to the state with the best overall finish.

The Youth Educational Challenges take place on Oct. 17, with time slots available from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are two divisions: Junior (grades 6-9) and Senior (grades 10-12). Students may compete as individuals or as part of a chapter or club, and may participate in as many areas as they choose. The challenge areas are ag mechanics tools & ID, measurement, floral design, horticulture ID, forestry ID, wildlife ID and animal science ID.

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Sunbelt will also offer a career seminar for machinery technology and precision agriculture, sponsored by John Deere. Sessions are available at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Visit to register online.

Farm Credit is sponsoring an Ag Mechanics Contest, with small (under 3 feet) and large (3-6 feet) in metal and wood divisions.

The Grand Champion in each of the four divisions (Small Wood, Large Wood, Small Metal, Large Metal) will receive a ribbon and $100 cash prize.  Reserve Champions in each of the 4 divisions will receive a ribbon and $50 cash prize.

A $150 Grand Champion Chapter prize will be award. Points will be earned based on Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, and  the tie-breaker is the number of projects entered.

Entries are due Oct. 1. For more information contact Heather Brannen at or 912-764-9091.