Diversified Agriculture students at Emmanuel College will have the unique opportunity to become members of the Emmanuel College Livestock Judging Team this fall. The team will be led by Mr. Gary Minyard, retired Franklin County High School Agricultural Educator. The team will be compete as a Junior College team and will enter National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contests across the United States. Emmanuel College currently offers a Diversified Agriculture Bachelor’s Degree with concentrations in Business, Communications, Missions and Science.
Mr. Minyard has a long history of wining the Georgia FFA Livestock Judging Career Development Event and is a member of the National FFA Livestock Judging Career Development Event Advisory Board. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Emmanuel College and serves as an advisor to the Agriculture Department. Students participating on the team will receive scholarship money along with the opportunity to travel across the country meeting industry leaders and learning more about the one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Livestock judging allows students to evaluate several species of livestock, determine the merits of the animal based on visual inspection and use statistical data to predict the industry value. Team members are then allowed to explain their decision to livestock experts using oral reasons and persuasive speech. The students have one year of eligibility at the Junior level and then they have the opportunity to transfer to a college offering Senior Level Collegiate Livestock Judging or remain at Emmanuel and complete their degree.
Students wishing to judge this fall must be a freshman or sophomore with less than 40 credit hours of college coursework.
Transfers or freshman still have time to register for this fall to be a part of a new winning tradition.
The Diversified Agriculture bachelor degree is a hands-on, industry-based experience that provides college students with the necessary academic skills to succeed in today’s agriculture workforce. Emmanuel College is one of the top small colleges in the nation and is training leaders for the future. For more information on the Collegiate Livestock Judging Team, please contact Gary Minyard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Owen Thomason at email@example.com or 706-245-7226. More details about the Diversified Agriculture degree program is found at www.ec.edu/ag.