The State Land Judging Contest will be held during the months of July or early August.
Land Judging in North Dakota was initiated at the Conservation Show in Bismarck in 1951. A land appreciation school was initiated in Dickinson in 1957, and this event became the State Land Judging Contest in 1963. This State Land Judging Contest was combined with the State Range Judging Contest in 1993 and held in September. After years of dwindling participation, 1996 launched a new effort to revitalize this educational activity and was taken over by the Carrington FFA Alumni. Starting in 2003 the NDSU Extension Soil Specialist, Dave Franzen, took over management of this activity and revised the state extension guide for this event. A rotation of bringing the event to different locations of the state ever other year was initiated and the decision was made to bring the contest back to Dickinson on odd numbered years.