By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A Preston High School FFA ag instructor has received a prestigious award and will be presenting his work at a symposium in Las Vegas, Nev., in December.
Josh Evans, who teaches greenhouse and agricultural science classes, has been selected as the 2013 Region 1 winner of Ideas Unlimited and given an award by the National Association of Agricultural Educators.
Evans won at the state level in June 2012 and that qualified him for Region 1 competition in Pendleton, Ore., this past spring. He competed against winners from six other states and finished as the regional winner, it was recently announced.
Evans designed and constructed a greenhouse potting soil work table that eliminates almost all wasted soil when students are planting seeds or transplanting flowers and vegetables into larger containers.
A metal grate on top of the table lets unused soil fall through into a holding container underneath. The container slides out from under the grate in two different directions so the soil can be gathered and placed in seed trays or flowerpots.
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