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AUGUST  2018


  • Farm Credit Services of America again provided the Official FFA Student Handbook for each agriculture education students again this year!  Thank you FCS

  • On Sept. 22 FFA members and FFA Alumni are encouraged to help with Plymouth playground equipment set-up.  The project starts are 8:00 am at the east ball field.

  • Found one shovel and one push broom at the Gage Co. Fair

  • The TC FFA owns a livestock fan for member use.  It can be hung on the new stall dividers. Interested?.. Contact the Advisor.

  • Ag Education students,,, Don’t put your 2018 trophies & plaques away yet.  We will plan to have a display in the hall to showcase your accomplishments in September.

  • Thank you Landen Chapman and Savannah Gerlach for helping set up the August 11th Farmers Market and Evan Larsen for August 25rh.  The next FFA Farmers Market is Sept. 8th in DeWitt.

  • The Tri County Dairy Evaluation team placed 8th at the 2018 CDE at the Nebraska State Fair August 25th.  Cole Siems earned a red ribbon and Hannah Holtmeier received a white ribbon. Other team members were Brevin Damrow & Logan Larson.  Students judged six classes, gave three sets of oral reasons, took a dairy production exam and gave a ten minute presentation on a current dairy issue.  The team was 12 points from fourth place.


Bonnie Jantzen- Dairy Showmanship, Blue; Holstein Heifer, Blue; Crossbred Dairy Heifer, Champion; Swine Display, Purple; Vet Science Poster, Purple; Caitlin Franzen- Dairy Showmanship- Blue; Jersey Heifer, Purple & Champion; Holstein Heifer, Blue; Ethan Paxton- Chisel, Blue; Welding Board, Blue; Tree ID Stake, Purple; Pete Spilker, Tree ID Stake, Purple; Drew Garrison- Lamp, Blue; Woodworking, Purple; Emmett Franzen- Woodworking, Purple; Goat Showmanship, Red; Breeding Goats, 2 Reds; Giffin Mentel- Chisel, Purple; Brandon Seibolt- Toolbox, Blue; Chisel, Blue; Andie Koch- Animal Science Poster, Purple; Kynlee Uher- Beef Showmanship, Blue; Breeding Heifer Braunvieh, Grand Champion; Animal Science Poster, Blue; Landen Chapman- Animal Science Poster, Blue; Logan Larsen- Sr. Swine Showmanship, Blue; Breeding Gilt, Blue; Market Swine, 2 Purples; Animal Science Poster, Blue; Alexx Malchow- Vet Science Poster, Purple; Swine Display, Purple; Horse Poles, Champion; Horse Barrels, Champion; Horse Showmanship, Champion; Working Ranch, Purple; Trail Riding, Blue; Halter Mare, Blue; Linden Tree Award, Champion; Skye Washburn- Wildlife Diorama, Red; Career Poster, Blue; Karli Scherling- Wildlife Diorama, Blue; Career Poster, Red; Taylor Koch- Goat Showmanship, Purple; Wildlife Diorama, Red; Samantha Rainey- Wildlife Diorama, Red; Colton Bales- Wildlife Diorama, Red; Breona Meyer- Wildlife Diorama, Red; Chris Janssen- Wildlife Diorama, Blue; Breanna Chapman- Wildlife Diorama, Red; Kendra Caudill- Wildlife Diorama; Taylor Cammack- Beef Showmanship, Red; Market Steers, Purple & Blue; Caden Kapke- Beef Showmanship, Purple; Breeding Heifer, Purple; Swine Showmanship, Blue; Market Swine, Blue; Jacob Kapke- Beef Showmanship, Blue; Swine Showmanship, Blue; Market Swine, Blue;  Brevin Damrow- Swine Showmanship, Blue; Market Swine, Blue & Purple; Ella Crawford- Swine Showmanship, Blue; Market Swine, Blue; Evan Larson- Sr. Swine Showmanship, 3rd Purple; Market Swine, 3 Purples; Hannah Holtmeier- Sr. Swine Showmanship, Blue; Market Swine, 2 Purples; Breeding Gilt, Purple; Carter Holtmeier- Intermediate Showmanship, Champion; Overall Swine Showmanship, 3rd Medal; Breeding Gilt, Purple; Market Swine, 2 Purples; August Gerlach- Swine Pen of Three, Champion; Intermediate Swine Showmanship, Reserve Champion; Overall Swine Showmanship, 4th Medal; Breeding Gilt, 3rd Purple; Market Swine, 3 Purples; Savannah Gerlach- FFA Treasurer Book, Purple; Swine Pen of Three, 3rd Purple; Sr. Swine Showmanship, 4th Purple; Breeding Gilt, 2 Blues; 3 Purples; Emerson Schultis- Mares, Champion & Reserve Champion; English Pleasure, Champion; English Equitation, Champion; Western Pleasure, Champion; Western Horsemanship, Champion; Working Ranch, Champion; Ranch Riding, Champion; Poles, Champion; Reining, Reserve Champion; Barrels, Reserve Champion;



Lucas Weise- Sr. Dairy Showmanship, Reserve Champion; Senior Calf, Blue; Winter Yearling, Purple; 4-Year Old Holstein Cow, Purple & Reserve Champion; Dairy Herd, Blue; Joise Weise- Sr. Dairy Showmanship, Purple; Fall Yearling, Blue; 4-Year Old Cow, Purple, Champion; Ayrshire Intermediate Calf, Purple;  Sophie Linnemann- Sr. Dairy Showmanship, Blue; Senior Calf, Blue; Fall Yearling, Blue; 4-Year Old Holstein Cow, Blue; Dairy Herd, Blue;



Thank you FFA Officers for your work in hosting the annual picnic.  By the Advisor’s count over 30 ag education students attended. It was a beautiful night July 31st and the water was calm.  A special thank-you to Lucas Weise for providing watercraft!! The Cub Creek recreation area is under renovation so the event was held at Pohlmann Pond south of Clatonia.  The students canoed, swam, kayaked, roasted hot dogs and enjoyed a fire. The officers discussed this year’s Program of Activities.



Blue Jackets. Bright Futures.

School will be here soon and so we have sent out your jacket promotional poster and letter to your schools to start promoting the program. The Blue Jackets. Bright Futures. Program is a great way for FFA members to earn an FFA jacket from a Nebraska FFA Foundation donor. The program is open to all agricultural education students who are active members of an FFA chapter. The number of recipients is based off of the number of jackets sponsored. The deadline to apply is September 15.

To apply for a jacket:

  1. Students can apply at www.neffafoundation.org/jacket_application.html

  2. You and the student will receive an email to the email addresses entered alerting that the application was submitted.

**Advisor Note:  There are four questions members need to answer on the application.  I suggest four sentences per question. I suggest having the Advisor read your questions before you submit the application.  The questions are 1. What does FFA mean to you? 2. How will the FFA jacket help you make an impact? 3. What have you done or experienced in FFA since becoming a member?   (SAE, CDE’s, classes, LDE) 4. What does your FFA future look like?


The 1028-19 concession schedule has been posted.  Members, parents and alumni, please put the following dates on your calendars.  We always seem to be short-handed on these events.

9/20/18    Thursday Varsity VB vs. Diller-Odell    3:00 start

9/28/18     Friday    Varsity FB vs. BDS    7:00 start

12/8/18    Saturday  Varsity BB vs. Centennial  4:30 start

1/19/19     Saturday   Varsity BB vs. Friend   2:00 start



The Tri County FFA Chapter participated in the August 18th Plymouth Celebration.  Chapter President Savannah Gerlach organized a parade entry. Sentinel Chad Niemeier drove his decorated pick-up through downtown Plymouth.  Members Landen Chapman, Patty Monnon, Alexis Gerritse, Caden Kapke, Savannah, Kynlee Uher, Jacob Kapke tossed candy to the parade watchers.


Nine members helped with the Little Tuggers Tractor Pull Saturday evening.  Secretary Tiffany Pearson announced the activity. Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier, Patty Monnin, Kynlee Uher, Gavin Weichel, Landen Chapman and Brevin Damrow helped move tractors and the sled.  Ninety-three individuals entered the event.



The Tri County FFA Officers hosted an Ag Orientation Night for junior high and ninth graders on August 21st in the TC Ag Education Department.  President Savannah Gerlach welcomed the students and their parents. Advisor Dave Barnard then addressed upcoming events and opportunities. Twenty-two students participated.

The officers conducted seven learning centers for all to participate in.  Madison Freese sponsored a greenhouse horticulture activity, Savannah Gerlach brought in a class of market hogs to judge, Taylor Cammack set up a livestock breed identification station, Evan Larson had an animal science equipment section, Alexis Malchow had the guests answer agri-business questions, Creighton Niemeyer offered a station on crop seed identification and Sentinel Chad Niemeier conducted a tool identification center.  Secretary Tiffany Pearson tabulated the results.

Placing first overall was 7th grader John Wehrman.  Ending up in second place was Gavin Weichel. Earning third place was Gracin Hahn.  Rounding out the top ten were Brevin Damrow, Nick Loxtercamp, August Gerlach, Emerson Schultis, Carter Holtmeier and Colton Bales.  Other students participating in the activity were Evan Quackenbush, Carter Siems, Ellie Peters, Jazmin Dike, Colton Placek, Jurgen Baker, Trevor Johnson, Jonah Schwab, Logan Brown, Kaden Van Winkle, Caden Bales and Kanin Baker.  The students received tee-shirts.


The Tri County Ag Education Milk Quality and Dairy Products Team brought home the first place state plaque on August 25th.  The team consisted of Savannah Gerlach, Taylor Cammack, Tiffany Pearson and Alexis Gerritse.


The State Career Development Event (CDE) was held at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds and the Central Community College campus.  Teams across the state competed in four areas; cheese identification, a written milk marketing and dairy processing exam, milk products identification and milk off-flavors identification.  Bertrand-Loomis finished second and McCook placed third.


Individually Tri County was lead by Gerlach’s first place finish as state champion.   She earned a purple ribbon and gold medal. Pearson received the silver medal and purple ribbon for finished second. Cammack completed the Tri County sweep by placing 3rd and earning the bronze medal and purple ribbon.  Gerritse placed 7th and claimed a blue ribbon. To receive a ribbon the contestants had to place in the top half of the judging. The team earned the right to represent Nebraska at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, IN.