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AG EDUCATION APRIL "ADVISOR" NEWSLETTER

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THE ADVISOR APRIL  2018

Tri County FFA Attends State Convention

The Tri County FFA Chapter was well represented at the 90th State FFA Convention April 4-6, 2018.  The Convention theme was, “Make It Count” and was held in Lincoln at the Pinnacle Bank Arena (PBA) and downtown convention centers.  The event was hosted by the Nebraska Dept. of Education- Career & Technical Division.

On Wednesday Chapter Sentinel Taylor Cammack earned second place in the State Wildlife Proficiency Area.  Taylor and her parents attended a banquet and her plaque was presented at PBA. Other members earning state proficiency recognition were Sophie Linnemann- Gold in Outdoor Recreation; Peter Spilker-Bronze in Beef Production; Alexis Gerritse- Bronze in Beef Production; Tiffany Pearson- Bronze in Ag Communications; Bonnie Jantzen- Silver in Dairy Placement; and Alexis Gerritse- Silver in Vet Science Placement.  

The Chapter Senior Parliamentary Procedure team competed Wednesday afternoon.  The team was chaired by junior Tiffany Pearson and consisted of Kailey Weichel, Ethan Paxton, Madison Freese, Alexis Gerritse and Taylor Cammack.  They earned a silver team plaque.

The Tri County received the state champion “Feed Nebraska Award” for their efforts in nutrition awareness and a local food drive.  Senior Kailey Weichel received the award on stage. Junior Taylor Cammack accepted the state “Strengthening Agriculture” award gold plaque.  Tri County was a top ten chapter in the state in this area. There are two other divisions in the state chapter rankings. Tri County earned a silver plaque in “Growing Leaders”  and a silver plaque in “Building Communities”.

On Thursday morning Tri County had four members attend a legislative breakfast with State Senator Laura Ebke of District 32.  Joining the senator were Savannah Gerlach, Cassidy Kowalski, Kailey Weichel and Taylor Cammack.

Junior Alexis Gerritse competed in the Cooperative Speaking Leadership Development Event.  The chapter parliamentarian earned a bronze medal. Alexis also served on the State Courtesy Corp on Friday.

At the evening session at PBA freshman members Kynlee Uher and Hannah Holtmeier accepted a Chapter banner from the Nebraska Investment Financial Agency (NIFA).   Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts presented the banner to the Chapter for career awareness. Members enjoyed the “Rock the Rec” recreation activity held on the UNL city campus in the evening.

On Friday Savannah Gerlach and Cassidy Kowalski were members of the Nebraska Ag Issues Academy and were recognized on stage.  They were selected to the thirty member statewide program. A convention highlight for the local chapter was the conferring of the State FFA Degree on five members on stage at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Earning the degree were Peter Spilker, Tiffany Pearson, Sophia Linnemann, Kailey Weichel and Ethan Paxton. Advisor Dave Barnard presented the group with their state gold pin.

 

TRI COUNTY AGRICULTURE EDUCATION COMPETE AT STATE

Twenty-two students enrolled in agriculture education classes at Tri County schools competed in the State Career Development Events (CDE) in Lincoln April 4-6th.  The competitions were held at the University of Nebraska East Campus, Pinnacle Bank Arena and Southeast Community College. Most of the contests had district qualifying events earlier in the school year.  There is no class separation in Ag Ed contests, all schools compete in the same contest. Tri County competed in nine contests. To earn a state ribbon teams and individuals must finish in the top 50% of the competition.

The Agri Science contest is for first year Ag Education students.  Tri County earned a blue team ribbon. Logan Larsen, Hanna Taylor, and Ella Crawford earned blue ribbons and Cole Siems received a red ribbon.  The team placed 15th out of 106 schools.

The Natural Resources Team received a white team ribbon.  Alexx Malchow brought home a blue ribbon and Pete Spilker and Savannah Gerlach earned red ribbons.  Jacob Kapke was the other team member.

The Agronomy Team finished 18th out of 108 schools and earned a blue team ribbon.  Pete Spilker finished with a purple ribbon. Evan Larsen earned a blue, Chad Niemeier earned a red and Creighton Niemeier finished with a white ribbon.

The Floriculture Team placed 14th in the state and earned a red team ribbon.  Taylor Cammack and Sophie Linnemann lead the team with individual blue ribbons.  Tiffany Pearson brought home a red ribbon. The other team member was Madison Freese.

The Tri County Poultry Team placed 10th in the state and earned a red ribbon.  Sophie Linnemann brought home a blue individual ribbon and Lucas Weise received a white.  Other team members were Jacques VanZyl and Bonnie Jantzen.

Pete Spilker’s 10th place individual MIG finish highlighted the Welding Team competition.  Pete went on stage at PBA to receive his award. The team earned a white ribbon. Other team members were Dylan Seibolt, Ethan Paxton and Brandon Seibolt.

The Food Science Team earned a white team ribbon.  Sophie Linnemann brought home a purple ribbon and Tiffany Pearson finished with a red ribbon.  Freshman Ella Crawford and Nicole Vodraska were the other team members.

The Ag Mechanics Team was paced by Ethan Paxton’s blue ribbon.  The team brought home a red ribbon. Other team members included Chad Niemeier, Evan Larson and Creighton Niemeyer. The Farm Business Management Team consisted of Madison Freese, Chad Niemeier, Creighton Niemeyer and Evan Larson.  Madison earned a white ribbon.

 

AG EDUCATION NEWS SHORTS

-Tri County FFA Alumni Ashton Bohling of Auburn and Sarah Wollenburg of Meridian were speakers at the 90th State FFA Convention April 4-6!!

- Congratulations to Cassidy Kowalski for her recent success with her breeding beef at progress shows!!

-  Congratulations to Hannah Holtmeier and Alexis Gerritse for being selected to the 2018 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference in Lincoln in May.

-FFA Banquet is May 3rd at 6:30 pm in the TC cafeteria.

-  Planning ahead:  Dates **** More to follow*****

   July 7, 2018  Area Dairy Show @ Gage Co. Fairgrounds

   July 24, 2018 - Jefferson Co. Rural Safety Day

   August 21, 2018   Ag Orientation for 8th and 9th graders @ classroom  7:00 pm

   September 12, 2018   Husker Harvest Days @ Grand Island

   September 19, 2018 Area Range Judging Contest @ Seward

   October 3, 2018  Area Land Judging @ Nemaha NRD

   October 11, 2018  Rural Safety Day @ Gage Co. Fair

   October 17, 2018 State Land Judging @ Lower Platte North NRD

   October 24-27, 2018 National FFA Convention @ Indianapolis

   November 19, 2018- FFA Leadership Night in Cafeteria @ 7:30 pm

   November   6 or 7, 2018        District Livestock CDE @ York

   District LDE @ York  1-16-19

   State FFA Degree Interview @ Milford   February 6, 2019 11:30 am

   District CDE @ SCC  3-5-19

   State FFA Convention @ Lincoln    4/3-5/19

 

2018-19 FFA OFFICERS ELECTED

The following Tri County members were elected to serve the Chapter next year and will be installed at the May 3rd Banquet.President: Savannah Gerlach;  Vice-President: Taylor Cammack; Secretary: Tiffany Pearson;   Treasurer:Madison Freese; Reporter: Creighton Niemeyer; Sentinel: Chad Niemeier;  Parliamentarian: Evan Larson; Historian:Alexx Malchow

 

COUNTY EXHIBITORS

Tri County members show in one or two county fairs each year.  The fairs are all youth shows and the FFA Chapter is treated pretty much like another 4-H club.  It is important to know the rules for deadlines and fees for each. It is best to contact each extension office directly to get the details...do not rely on a friend.  Your friend may be showing in another county and you miss the deadlines! The following is information out of recent newsletters.

Gage County - (Jane Esau) LQA due June 1st; Submit LQA certificate of completion to the Extension Office by June 1st; Fair Clean-up Day July 30; Yearly dues to Gage Co. 4-H Council of $10.00 by May 1st; Livestock ID: Horses are June 1st and June 15th is for beef, sheep, swine, goats, dairy and bucket calves (submit ID sheets also).

     All animals nominated for State Fair must be entered by FFA Family in the state database by June 15th.  All State Fair market beef, sheep, swine and goats must be identified with an EID tag and DNA ($6.00/animal) by June 15th. (Market Beef deadline was April 15th).  Breeding animals for State Fair must also be entered by the FFA Family in the State database by June 15th.

 

Jefferson County- (Darci Pesek or Hayden)  No beef rate of gain; Youth Livestock Auction intentions due June 15th; FFA eartag and entry sheet due June 15th; LQA due June 15th;

2018 Animal Identification Guidelines We have the 4-H/FFA ear tags, electronic ID tags, DNA envelopes here at the Extension office. Sheep and goat exhibitors will need to get their own scrapie tags from USDA. Each DNA sample will cost $6. The fee will be paid when you complete the online nomination process. There is no charge for ear tags. Only dairy cattle, dairy goats and horses will be turning in the ID sheets as they have in previous years. All of the other species will need to have identification, but it will be listed on the fair entry sheets and won’t have to fill out an additional sheet for the county fair. BEEF Market Steers/Heifers • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag • State Fair/AKSARBEN – Electronic ID tag, Online Nomination & DNA collected by April 15th Breeding • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag or tattoo • State Fair/AKSARBEN – Tattoo & Online Nomination by June 15th Feeder Calves • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag or tattoo • State Fair/AKSARBEN – Electronic ID tag, Online Nomination & DNA collected by June 15th o Only FFA can show feeder calves at State Fair Bucket Calf • County Fair Only – 4-H ear tag DAIRY Cattle • County Fair Only – ID sheet drawing/picture • State Fair/AKSARBEN – ID sheet drawing/picture by June 15th GOAT Breeding • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag or tattoo • State Fair – Scrapie tag & Online Nomination by June 15th Market • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag • State Fair/AKSARBEN – Scrapie tag, Online Nomination & DNA collected by June 15th Dairy Goats • County Fair Only – ID sheet drawing/picture HORSE • County Fair Only – ID sheet drawing/picture by June 15th • District/State Horse Show – ID sheet drawing/picture by May 11th • AK-SAR-BEN – Online Nomination w/ Picture Upload by June 15th SWINE Breeding • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag or ear notch Market • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag or ear notch • State Fair – Electronic ID tag, Online Nomination & DNA collected by June 15th • AKSARBEN – Electronic ID tag/Ear Notches, Online Nomination & DNA collected by June 15th SHEEP Breeding • County Fair Only - 4-H/FFA ear tag or tattoo • State Fair – Scrapie tag & Online Nomination by June 15th Market • County Fair Only – 4-H/FFA ear tag • State Fair/AKSARBEN – Scrapie tag, Online Nomination & DNA collected by June 15th RABBIT • County Fair Only – tattoo • State Fair/AKSARBEN – No nomination required Each exhibitor may nominate a total, between 4-H and FFA, as follows: Market Beef (10), Market Lambs (20), Market Swine (40), Market Goats (20). Entries must be in by the dates dictated by each individual show to be eligible for exhibition. Exhibitors will have until August 10th to decide if nominated animals will be shown in 4-H or FFA. If an animal is entered to be shown in FFA at State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal is eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in 4-H at State Fair, but is not exhibited, that animal is eligible for AKSARBEN. AKSARBEN is a 4-H livestock show. Family Responsibilities: 1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online. 2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination (www.showstockmgr.com) along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.) 3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination (www.showstockmgr.com) by the June 15 deadline. 4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline. 5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show. 6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration. 7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks. a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN. 8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper. Please contact the office with any questions, 402-729-3487 or darci.pesek@unl.edu and we will be happy to help you! Darci Pesek, Nebraska Extension Educator

 

Saline County- (Eric Stehlik)

 2018 4-H and FFA Identification Guidelines for Saline County Market Animals Date Due County Fair (County Only Card) State Fair (DNA Envelope) Ak-Sar-Ben (DNA Envelope) Beef (10 total) including performance April 15 EID Tag *EID Tag, DNA & Online Nomination *EID Tag, DNA & Online Nomination Swine (40 total) June 15 EID Tag *EID Tag, DNA & Online Nomination *EID Tags, DNA & Online Nomination Sheep (20 total) June 15 Scrapie Tag *Scrapie Tag, DNA & Online Nomination *Scrapie Tag, DNA & Online Nomination Goat (20 total) June 15 Scrapie Tag *Scrapie Tag, DNA & Online Nomination *Scrapie Tag, DNA & Online Nomination *All EID and Scrapie must have a Premise Id on record at the Extension Office Breeding Animals Date Due County Fair (County Only Card) State Fair (Nomination Card) Ak-Sar-Ben (Nomination Card) Beef (commercial) June 15 Tattoo Tattoo & Online Nomination Tattoo & Online Nomination Performance June 15 Bucket Calf Tag (from previous year) Beef (registered) June 15 Tattoo matching registration papers Tattoo matching registration papers & Online Nomination Tattoo matching registration papers & Online Nomination Breeding Swine June 15 *EID Tag -FFA ONLY Sheep (commercial) June 15 Scrapie Tag Scrapie Tag & Online Nomination Scrapie Tag & Online Nomination Sheep (registered) June 15 Scrapie Tag & flock tag or tattoo matching registration papers Scrapie Tag, flock tag or tattoo matching registration papers & Online Nomination Scrapie Tag, flock tag or tattoo matching registration papers& Online Nomination Goat (commercial) June 15 Scrapie Tag Scrapie Tag & Online Nomination Scrapie Tag & Online Nomination Goat (registered) June 15 Scrapie Tag & herd tag or tattoo matching registration papers Scrapie Tag, herd tag or tattoo matching registration papers & Online Nomination Scrapie Tag, herd tag or tattoo matching registration papers & Online Nomination OTHER (June 15) County Fair (County Only Card) State Fair (Breed Card) Ak-Sar-Ben (DNA Envelope) Bucket Calf (1) County Tag First Calf –Cow/Calf Tattoo (cow) and tag (calf) Cow/Calf Tattoo (cow) and tag (calf) Feeder Calf County Tag EID Tag -FFA ONLY EID Tag, DNA & Online Nomination Rabbit County Fair (ID Form) State Fair (ID Form) Ak-Sar-Ben (ID Form) Due June 15 Tattoo Tattoo Tattoo OVER Horse County Fair (June 1) District (May 11) State Horse (enter May 11 or qualify) Ak-Sar-Ben (enter) ID Form Drawing or Photo Drawing or Photo Drawing or Photo Online Nomination with photo upload New in 2018 STATE FAIR and AK-SAR-BEN animal information must be submitted via www.showstockmgr.com by the exhibitor family on or before the Date Due listed.

 

Family Responsibilities: 1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online. 2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination (www.showstockmgr.com) along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.) 3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination (www.showstockmgr.com) by the June 15 deadline. 4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline. 5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show. 6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration. 7. 4-H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks. a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN. 8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.