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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) – Playing in the dirt is something your parents probably told you not to do as a kid. Today in Starkville, some students got their hands dirty for a little healthy competition.

Students from around the state tested soil for the 2014 Land Judging Contest. This year the competition was held at Mississippi State’s South Farm. Participants are also members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America. They’re judged on their knowledge of soil use and soil management. Organizers say the contest teaches students about the different soil types in Mississippi and how to recognize its value.

“This event has been around for a long time. We know how important our land is. It’s very important for the youth of our state to learn about the wise use of land in our state,” says Harvey Gordon with MSU Extension Service.

First place winners will move on to compete on the national level in Oklahoma City.

 

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