2019 ADVISOR MARCH
AG EDUCATION NEWS SHORTS
Mr Barnard and Mr. Sand took training this month to operate the CTE Department’s new plasma cam cutting unit from Linweld. Great addition to our lab.
2019-20 Calendar Dates: Area 6 Range Judging @ Saline County is Sept. 18th and State Range Judging is Sept. 25th in Holt County. FFA Banquet is May 2, 2019.
Check out the National Ag Week Beatrice Daily Sun article
TRI COUNTY AG EDUCATION STUDENTS COMPETE
Thirty-nine students enrolled in agriculture education classes at Tri County Schools competed in the District 5 Career Development Events (CDE) on March 5th. The contests were hosted by SCC-Beatrice for the 16 school district. Many of the events qualified teams for the State CDE’s to be held in Lincoln during the 91st FFA State Convention April 3-5. Tri County competed in 13 of the 16 contests. Tri County had the second most first places in District 5.
Tri County students won three district championships during the events. Chad Niemeier’s third place agronomy finish lead his team to second place. Team members included Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer and Lucas Weise. Niemeier earned the bronze medal and team earned a purple ribbon. They are headed to state.
The District Floriculture team qualified for state competition with a third place finish. Members going to state are Madison Freese, Savannah Gerlach Taylor Cammack and Tiffany Pearson. Cammack was the high scorer for Tri County. The team earned a purple. Other Tri County students competing in floriculture were Kynlee Uher, Hanna Taylor, Caden Kapke and Hannah Holtmeier.
The Ag Mechanics team brought home the team championship and qualified for state. Jacob Kapke was the individual gold medal winner and teammate Jacob Woosley earned the silver medal. Brandon Seibolt and Daugen VanEperen were also members of the team. The team earned a purple.
The Farm Business Management team of Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier, Evan Larson and Madison Freese finished with the first place purple ribbon and will compete in Lincoln. Chad Niemeier earned the second place silver medal.
The Nursery and Landscape team consisted of Kynlee Uher, Andie Koch, Ella Crawford, Hanna Taylor, Caden Kapke and Logan Larsen. The team just missed going to state with a 5th place finish. The Ag Science Contest is a 9th grade event. The team was the 4th place school and earned a purple ribbon and will be going to state. Nick Loxterkamp and Brevin Damrow had the top scores for Tri County. Other Ag Science competitors were Kanin Baker, Logan Brown, Gracin Hahn, Gavin Weichel, Mya Maxwell, Emerson Schultis and Emily Thavenet.
The Welding Team placed fifth and qualified for state. Daegan VanEperen’s bronze medal in Arc Welding paced the team. Brandon Seibolt also competed in Arc Welding. Wesley Monnin and Emmett Franzen competed in MIG Welding. Tri County also had Brett Boyce and Caden Kapke compete in OxyAcetylene Welding.
Nine individuals competed in the Vet Science Contest. Drew Garrison placed 7th. Competing were Alexx Malchow, Alexis Gerritse, Hannah Holtmeier, Landen Chapman, Cassidy Kowalski, Bonnie Jantzen, Cole Siems and Patty Monnin. The team finished in 4th place. Tri County’s Natural Resources team consisted of Drew Garrison, Patty Monnin, Brevin Damrow, Alexx Malchow, Landen Chapman, Nicole Vodraska, Gavin Weichel, Logan Brown, and Nick Loxterkamp. Brevin, Alexx, Patty and Nick will compete in Lincoln.
The Livestock Management team finished as District Champions and earned a purple ribbon. Students on the winning team were Bonnie Jantzen, Cole Siems, Logan Larson, Cassidy Kowalski and Alexis Gerritse. Tri County also had the third place team and earned a purple ribbon. These team members were Alexx Malchow, Savannah Gerlach, Taylor Cammack, Lucas Weise and Jauques vanZyl.
The Envirothon team of Chad Niemeier, Lucas Weise, Evan Larson, Creighton Niemeyer and Jauques vanZyl placed 5th. The team did win the soils portion of the regional competition hosted by the local NRD. In the Food Science competition Tri County fell one place short of going to state. Gracin Hahn had the high score for Tri County followed by Tiffany Pearson and Emily Thavenet. Other team members were Emerson Schultz, Mya Maxwell, Ella Crawford, Andie Koch, and Nicole Vodraska.
HAHN TO PERFORM AT STATE CONVENTION
Tri County freshman Gracin Hahn has been selected by the Nebraska FFA Association to be part of the State FFA Convention Honor Chorus April 3-5th. Gracin will perform at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The FFA Greenhand will sing tenor. He is the first Tri County member for several years to be selected. Congratulations, Mr. Hahn!!
NEW 2019 Livestock ID Policies
Gage County 4-H has updated livestock affidavit forms for the 2019 Gage County Fair. All livestock ID sheets are due at the Extension Office by June 15. Any animals not listed on the ID sheet are ineligible to show at the Gage County Fair. Late ID sheets will be subject to a loss of premium. All ID sheets and tags are available at the Extension Office.
Some important changes to note:
Market Beef - EID tags required, premise id # required
Hogs - EID tags required (no notches), premise id # required
Please review the 2019 Gage County 4-H Livestock Checklist for complete list of ID requirements & deadlines for Gage County Fair & Nebraska State Fair
Gage County 4-H Tagging Day - June 1, Extension Office
All hogs being exhibited at the Gage County Fair & Expo require an EID tag. Ear notches will not be an accepted form of identification. Gage County 4-H will be holding a Tagging Day on Saturday, June 1 from 9:00am - 1:00 pm at the Extension Office.
ALL 2019 GAGE COUNTY FAIR HOGS MUST BE TAGGED AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE.
HOGS NOT PRESENT FOR TAGGING ON JUNE 1 MUST MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS TO BE TAGGED AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE.
HOGS NOT TAGGED AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE WITH 4-H STAFF PRESENT ARE INELIGIBLE TO BE SHOWN AT THE GAGE COUNTY FAIR.
PRINCIPAL UHER TO RECEIVE FFA AWARD
Tri County Senior High Principal, Matt Uher, was selected by the Nebraska FFA Association to receive the Cornerstone administrator’s award. The presentation will be at the Nebraska FFA Convention at the 1:30 pm afternoon session on April 5th in Lincoln at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Mr. Uher was nominated by the Tri County FFA. He was cited for his leadership in the Career & Technical Education Revision process, ag education curriculum revision and assistance with the ag education facility renovation.
Culver’s Essay Contest
FFA members are encouraged to write an essay based on the prompt on their website to win up to $7,500 to offset the cost of a chapter’s travel expenses to the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo this October in Indianapolis. Full information and the essay prompt are at:https://www.culvers.com/essaycontest. Entries are due April 8, 2019. Location and proximity to a Culver’s restaurant location is NOT a determining factor in this contest.
Monsanto’s (now Bayer) America’s Farmers Grow America Program
Monsanto’s (now Bayer) America’s Farmers Grow America program is once again accepting farmer nominations to provide grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to local schools and/or ag programs. Ag producers over 21 years of age and actively farming/ranching/producing on 250 or more acres are eligible to submit nominations. The more nominations a school receives from eligible farmers, the better the chances of the school being funded. Find full information at: https://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-rural-education/. Nominations are due April 1, 2019
LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST
Great Plains Judging Circuit Sanctioned Event - Saturday, April 27th
Saline County Fairgrounds in Crete; Open to all 4-H & FFA members
Registration: 8:00-8:30 am and Contest begins at 9:00 am
Awards to Top Senior, Intermediate and Junior Divisions
TRI COUNTY FFA HOSTS ATV PRESENTER
The Tri County FFA Chapter hosted Mrs. Susan Harris-Broomfield of the Nebraska Extension Service to Tri County Schools March 18th. She is the Nebraska State ATV Safety coordinator and works out of Kearney County. Mrs. Broomfield spoke to all 5th - 8th graders and some senior high ag education students.
Her message was on safe ATV behaviors and the Nebraska ATV laws. The highlight of her presentation was the full size ATV simulator. The speaker reported a marked increase in UTV (Utility Task Vehicle) or side-by-side vehicle injuries across the nation.