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JUNE  2018



  • Tri County FFA received a $91.00 form a Red Brand Fencing grant this month.

  • Ag Education students.. Have you contacted Mr. Barnard about an SAE visit?

  • The Nebraska State Hereford Association is hosting a field day Sept. 22 - 23rd in the Southeast Nebraska area.  There is a progressive youth judging contest as part of this beef educational opportunity. Mr. Barnard has details.

  • A big thank-you to Hanna Taylor and Nicole Vodraska for their investment of time to the 2018 Cattlemen's Ball held on June 2nd North of Hebron.

  • The FFA Alumni Pancake Feed is set for December 8th.

  • Tri County Graduates now teaching Agriculture Education are Ashton Bohling, Sarah Wollenburg, Rusty Bartlett and Katie Likens.

  • In 2018-19 there will be more females teaching Ag Education than males!  

  • BIG THANK YOU to those members helping at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds clean-up days.  The Fair Board really appreciated our efforts! Tuesday- Hannah Holtmeier, Madison Freese and Taylor Cammack and on Wednesday- Taylor Cammack, Brevin Damrow, Lucas Weise and Gavin Weichel.

  • The Tri County has a pair of new livestock stall dividers for member use.  They are Sullivan Brand, 8’ long and painted black. They will be good for upcoming fairs and progress shows.  Check them out from Mr. Barnard.


Seven Tri County FFA Officers attended the fourth session of the Nebraska State FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) on May 28 & 29th.  The statewide training was hosted by the Nebraska Dept. of Education and the Nebraska State FFA Officers,

Attending were Savannah Gerlach, President; Taylor Cammack, Vice-President; Tiffany Pearson, Secretary; Madison Freese, Treasurer; Creighton Niemeyer, Reporter; Chad Niemeier, Sentinel; and Alexx Malchow, Historian.  Advisor Dave Barnard accompanied the group. The training was conducted at the Nebraska Youth Leadership Center at Aurora, NE.

The COLT theme was, “Lights, Camera, TAKE Action”.  The leadership sessions centered on team building, goal setting and developing a local Chapter Program of Activities. The Tri County officers finished second in their opening ceremonies pool play competition.   In the state book competitions Savannah Gerlach’s Treasurer's Book was awarded a Gold, Kailey Weichel’s Secretary’s Book earned a Gold award and the Chapter’s social media was awarded a Gold. Great job on these member’s hard work!


Tri County FFA Officers Taylor Cammack, Savannah Gerlach and Evan Larson along with past Nebraska FFA Officer Cheyenne Gerlach will join more than 200 Nebraska High School juniors and seniors to serve as delegates at the 47th annual NAYI.  The conference will be held July 9-13 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus.

NAYI is a unique experience for students interested in agriculture to learn about leadership, personal growth and and ag-related career opportunities.  It is sponsored in part by the Nebr. Department of Agriculture. During the five day Institute, delegates participate in agriculture policy and group discussions as well as career development activities.  Motivational speakers and a farm management program help students strengthen their pride in Nebr. agriculture. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, top-notch speakers and ag representatives.  NAYI is lead by 21 college-age men and women from across the state who comprise the Youth Council.

The local leaders were selected to attend through a written application process.  Delegates can attend free of charge through donations of agriculture commodity boards and agriculture businesses.


The FFA involved themselves in the Plymouth Tractor Pull on Sat. June 16th.  The Ag Education students involved were Lucas Weise, Taylor Cammack, Evan Larson, Logan Larson, Madison Freese, Tiffany Pearson, Chad Niemeier. Creighton Niemeyer, Andie Koch, Cole Siems, Emerson Schultis, Savannah Gerlach and Mr. Barnard.  Thank you to everyone for taking admission, banding, and selling raffle tickets.


The Jefferson County Rural Safety Day for area youth is set for Tuesday, July 24th at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds.   The Tri County FFA has been asked to provide 4-5 students to serve as assistant presenters and group leaders.  If you can help, Super!! Let Mr. Barnard know of your intentions or if you need a ride to Fairbury. I know this is the start of Gage Co. Fair for many of you.  On Monday, July 23rd is the Safety Day set-up at 5:00 pm at the fairgrounds.  We need help setting up tables, moving bleachers, ect.


All FFA Officers were present at the Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday, June 19th.  The meeting was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Barnard at their home. Items discussed and delegated were the Chapter Picnic on 7/31/18 at the Ron Pohlman pond,  County Fairs, Rural Safety Day, Farmers Market, DeWitt Days and assignments to the Program of Activities Committees.




JUNE 30th; 1:00-4:00


  • Sponsored by Tri County FFA Chapter

  • Round Robin Competition

  • Two Divisions; Junior High & Younger, Adult

  • Six Person Teams; Wear Shoes

  • Teams Consist of 3 Females & 3 Males

  • $1.00/Team Member Entry Fee

  • First Team To 4 Goals

  • Contact Advisor Dave Barnard 879-5584




9:00 - 11:00 A.M.

July 7 & 21, August 11 & 25 and Sept. 8th

  • Produce, Crafts, Homemade Goods

  • Vendors Welcome

  • No Fees, No Tables Provided

  • In Front of First State Bank of Nebraska

  • Hosted by Tri County FFA

  • Contact: Dave Barnard: 879-5584