Land Judging in North Dakota was initiated at the Conservation Show in Bismarck in 1951. A land appreciation school was initiated in Dickinson in 1957, and this event became the State Land Judging Contest in 1963. This State Land Judging Contest was combined with the State Range Judging Contest inand held in September. After years of dwindling participation, 1996 launched a new effort to revitalize this educational activity and was taken over by the Carrington FFA Alumni. The State Land Judging Contest will be held during the month of July. Carrington has volunteered to host this contest, and will be recognized as the state contest. Each district is encouraged to organize and hold its' own workouts or contests in preparation for the State Event. Soil and land evaluation are common units to any agriculture/agriscience curriculum in North Dakota. Participation in this event as an outgrowth of that curriculum is encouraged. State Range Judging will continue to be held in the Southwest part of the state in September.
Each school should have sufficient copies of "Land Judging in North Dakota" (Ba99) to help students learn and prepare for this activity. Copies can be obtained through your county extension office or through the NDSU Ag Communications distribution center for a charge of $1.00 - phone 701-231-7883. The state contest will be prepared and conducted by the District Soil Conservation Office, the Carrington Research Center, the Carrington and Finley/Sharon FFA Alumni Chapters. Ribbons, Gold Pins, Rosettes, Plaques and Trophies will be provided and presented by the State FFA Officers. The winning 4-H and FFA teams are eligible to represent North Dakota in the International Contest in Oklahoma in May.