A three member FFA team from Oconto Falls, Wis., won the 21st annual World Forage Management Cup contest held recently at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Members of the winning team were Peter Chou, Brittany Iverson and Lisa Chou. Their final score put them ahead of 51 other student teams entered from across the Midwest.

The World Forage Management Cup contest is designed to increase participant's knowledge of efficient forage production and its utilization. Agricultural youth teams of FFA, 4-H or agriculturally-interested students of high school age from USA and Canada may participate. The contest was organized under the guidance of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Agronomy-Soil Conservation Chapter and World Dairy Expo and interested industry leaders. The contest is managed by the U-W Platteville's Agronomy-Soils Conservation Chapter students. These college students assisting the high school student entrants also benefit.

Official Contest Placings:

Team Awards:

1st Place Team, Oconto Falls, Wis., received a $250 Scholarship Award sponsored by Imagination Unlimited Consulting Group plus 'one year possession of the unique, "traveling" World Forage Management Cup Trophy.' This trophy is to be displayed in the winner's high school.

2nd Place Team, Washington, Iowa, FFA, received a $125 Scholarship Award sponsored by Imagination Unlimited Consulting Group.

3rd Place Team, Washington, Iowa, 4-H received a $75 Scholarship Award Sponsored by the Gehl Company

Individual Awards:

1st Place Overall High Score Winner was Peter Chou, Oconto Falls. He received a Dell Inspirion Laptop computer sponsored by Hay and Forage Grower Magazine and its eHay Weekly newsletter.

1st Place High School Senior, Kyle Blakeny, Washington, Iowa, received a $500 Crop Science Society of America Scholarship and a $200 UW-Platteville Agronomy/Soils and Water Conservation Scholarship (Contingent upon acceptance to UW-Platteville Soil and Crop Science Program)

2nd Place Individual, Brittany Iverson, Oconto Falls, a $250 Scholarship Sponsored by Gehl Company

3rd Place Individual, Jordan Vittetoe, Washington, Iowa, FFA received a $100Scholarship Award sponsored by the Gehl Company.

All entrants received contest participation 'reward caps' and additional scholarship information from the Crop Science Society of America staff at the end of the contest.

The World Forage Management Cup management reported that the continued student participation and sponsorship support indicated the importance of forages for agricultural and energy use. Students today are looking at all aspects of agriculture that can contribute to the concept of 'feeding the world.' This continued interest will lead to an even bigger and better contest 2009 contest officials concluded.