Arlin Bustillos of the Estancia FFA Chapter won the preliminary round of the NM Farm Bureau FFA Discussion Meet held Nov. 19 in Albuquerque.

Bustillos advanced to the state finals, held Nov. 20, where he finished second and won a Farm Bureau Jacket.

The Meet is sponsored by New Mexico Farm Bureau and is open to all FFA members statewide. There were 20 competitors from eight chapters across the state. The contest is designed to improve students problem-solving skills and to prepare them for leadership in various jobs and organizations as well as the ability to work with others in solving problems.ffa Arlin

In addition, Estancia FFA will be sponsoring an Angel Tree at the Old Mill for needy kids from kindergarten to 6th grade.

The tree will be set up from Dec. 1 to Dec. 16. For those who would like to help these students, there will be approximately 60 angels on the tree with the age, gender and Christmas wish of each student.

To participate, select an angel from the tree, write your name and phone number by the number of the Angel on the paper near the tree, and return your gift to the Old Mill or Estancia Agriculture Education Building by Dec. 16. Contact Alexis Aday or Milton Harbert at 505-206-2873 with questions.

Leota Harriman
Leota Harriman

Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at news.ind.editor@gmail.com.