LOVINGSTON, Va. -

Some Nelson County teens have a big win to celebrate.

The Future Farmers of America at Nelson County High School won a national championship last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.

The forestry team placed first out of 42 teams across the country.  The meat judging team placed third.

Both groups won state championships earlier this year, which allowed them to compete in the national contest.

"We were competing against 42 other states and it was just amazing to be able to go up and say that we were first," said Jack Taggart, secretary of the Nelson County FFA organization.

"We learned many skills throughout this competition that we can take into careers and be able to use throughout the rest of our lives," said Phillip Saunders, reporter for the Nelson County FFA.

Taggart and Jamie Conner placed first and second in the nation in individual categories.

Nelson County's FFA organization is led by Ed McCann, who has served as an adviser to the student group for more than 35 years.

The FFA is America's largest youth organization, with more than 500,000 members.