The Sandy, Ore., High School FFA chapter took its ag issues skit for this year's competition at the state convention on the road.

The cast members stopped at the Capital Press on March 14 in addition to presenting several other performances for ag-related organizations in Salem.

Last year, the chapter's skit won first place at the state convention and went on to compete at the national level.

This year's skit focuses on the responsible use of pesticides in managing Oregon timberlands. It features naturalists Robert and Bindi Irwin and offers the perspectives of such diverse groups as Oregonians for Food and Shelter, Oregon Wild, Lincoln County residents and Weyerhaeuser.

The issue is a hot topic in some parts of the state, where counties have tried to impose laws governing the use of pesticides.

Taking part in this year's production are freshman Brekkan Richardson; sophomore Nick Blessinger; juniors Wyatt Carey, Sydney Schwenk and Alejandra Ortega; and seniors Yolanda Sanchez, who is also the chapter sentinel, and Savannah Schloesser.

The director is Trisha Smith.

The state FFA convention is March 22-25 at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.

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