La. take first in 4-H competition, Iota’s McBride among the winners

Louisiana placed first among the 15 state teams that participated in the 31st annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational from July 25-29.

Teams from Arkansas and Tennessee placed second and third.

Louisiana placed third last year.

At the competition, 4-H members compete for overall team and individual awards in a written exam, tree identification and measurement, compass and pacing, insect and disease identification, topographic map use, the forestry bowl and forest evaluation.

The event was held at Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center in Weston, W.V. The Farm Credit System, Chesapeake Energy Corp. and the Cooperative Extension Service sponsored the event.

Louisiana was represented by Victoria Arnold, of Pleasant Hill; Taylor Falcon, of Broussard; Megan Farmer, of Converse; and Steffan McBride, of Iota. The team was coached by Brian Chandler, of Clinton.

Farmer received the high-point individual award. Second-place high individual award was given to McBride. Arnold earned eighth overall.

More information on the National 4-H Forestry Invitational is available on the Internet at

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