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THE ADVISOR - AUGUST 2019

THE ADVISOR

AUGUST  2019

 

AG EDUCATION NEWS SHORTS

  •  The FFA Chapter has purchased a goat clipping chute for member use.  Contact Mr. Barnard to check it out for county and state fairs.

  • 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Women in the FFA.  Does anyone know the first female to become a Tri County FFA member??

  • Evan Quackenbush and Jacob Kapke competed in the beef division at the July 18th Wymore Livestock Show.  Both individuals stood 4th in their showmanship divisions. Jacob won his Hereford Division. Evan showed his Simmental heifer.

  • Mr. Barnard served as a ringman at the Saline Co. Fair for the sheep, goat, swine and beef shows.

  • SAE visits- Evan Quackenbush: Breeding Beef; Hannah Taylor: Equine Farrier; Jacob Kapke: Breeding Beef; 

  • The Tri County FFA Chapter was awarded a Norris Public Power District “Operation Round Up” grant in July for $500.00.  The competitive grant funds are to be used for community service projects.

  • A sincere thank-you to Tri County FFA Alumni who provide livestock showing opportunities to FFA members outside of their families …   Don Esau and Jeff Zimmerman

  • If anyone has some good county fair pictures of FFA members, please forward them to Mr. Barnard

  • August 15th… 2019 Soybean Management Field Day at Plymouth @ Ross & Judd Boeckner Farm

  • Savannah Gerlach, Evan Larson and Taylor Cammack were awarded Gage Co. Ag Society Scholarships at the county fair!!  This year’s seniors take note.

  • It was very nice to have Principal Uher and Supt. Schueter at the fair and support our Tri County showpersons!!

  • Plymouth Parade on August 17th!!  Need seven “get-it-done” members to help with the Little Tuggers Tractor Pull in late afternoon.

 

SALINE COUNTY FAIR RESULTS

Goat Showmanship- Senior Division Reserve Champion, Ellie Peters:Purple & Belt Buckle; Goat Rate of Gain, Ellie Peters: Champion Plaque; Breeding Goat, Ellie

Peters: Blue; Market Goat, Ellie Peters: Blue.

Beef Showmanship- Cassidy Kowalski:Blue; Market Heifer- Cassidy Kowalski; Breeding Heifer- Cassidy Kowalski, Blue;

EXPAND YOUR SAE OPPORTUNITY

Do you need financial assistance to help start or expand your SAE? A limited number of grants of $1,000 each are available to current FFA members each year. FFA membership must be current, applicants must be in grades 7-12 and must demonstrate financial need. The online application process opens Sept. 5 and closes at 8:00 p.m. EST on Nov 15. The application selection process is highly competitive with many more applicants than available grants so submit early and do your best work. Grant recipients are announced in mid-December.

 

GAGE COUNTY FAIR RESULTS

Woodworking: Nicholas Loxterkamp- Senior Reserve Champion and Champion Exhibits, Rosettes; Wildlife Diorama: August Gerlach- Blue; FFA Reporter Scrapbook: Creighton Niemeier-Purple; Elite Showmanship Competition: Carter Holtmeier- First Gold and Qualified for State Fair Contest representing Gage County; 

Meat Goats:  Senior Showmanship- Purples to Madison Freese, 3rd & Bonnie Jantzen 4th, Andie Koch; Intermediate Showmanship- Taylor Koch, Purple; Breeding Meat Goats- Bonnie Jantzen: 2 purples; Taylor Koch:Blue; Market Meat Goat- Andie Koch:Blue; Taylor Koch: Blue; Madison Freese: Purple & Class Winner; Bonnie Jantzen: 2 purples & blue; Grand Champion Meat Goat: Madison Freese: Championship Trophy and Rosette;

Swine Show: Pen-of-Three- Savannah Gerlach: Grand Champion Trophy & Rosette, August Gerlach: Purple, Carter Holtmeier: Blue and Hannah Holtmeier: Blue; 

Swine Showmanship- Blues to August Gerlach, Caden Kapke, Caden Bales, Carter Siems, Ella Crawford, Logan Larson, Hannah Holtmeier, Colton Bales & Purples to Savannah Gerlach, Evan Larson, Jacob Kapke and Carter Holtmeier;

 Breeding Gilts: Carter Holtmeier: Reserve Champion Plaque & purple, August Gerlach: blue; Open Class Market Swine- Ella Crawford: Reserve Champion

Overall Swine Showmanship- Carter Holtmeier: Reserve Champion Medal

Market Swine: Caden Bales: 3 Blues; Carter Holtmeier: 2 Purples & 2 Blues, Savannah Gerlach: 3 Purples; August Gerlach: Purple & 2 Blues; Logan Larson: Purple & Blue; Evan Larson: 2 Purple & a Blue; Carter Siems: Jacob Kapke: Blue, Caden Kapke: Blue,  Hannah Holtmeier: Purple & 3 Blues, Colton Bales: 3 Blues; Ella Crawford: Purple

Beef Show: Market Heifer- Taylor Cammack: blue & Reserve Champion Class purple winner; Cole Siems: blue; Beef Showmanship: Blues to Caden Kapke, Ella Crawford, Kynlee Uher, Evan Quackenbush, Carter Siems, Taylor Cammack and Purples to Cole Siems, Jacob Kapke; Breeding Heifers or Cows: Kynlee Uher: Purple and Reserve Class Plaque & blue; Caden Kapke: Class Champion & Plaque; Cole Siems: Purple & Reserve Champion Plaque; Jacob Kapke: Reserve Champion Plaque & Purple; Ella Crawford:Purple; Evan Quackenbush: Blue;

Horse Show:  Alexx Malchow- Halter Mare, Purple; Showmanship, Blue; Barrel Racing, Sr. Champion; Poles, Sr. Champion; Trail, Senior Reserve Champion

Emerson Schultis- Blues - showmanship, halter gelding; Grand champion - halter mare, western riding, ranch horse pleasure; Reserve grand champion - western pleasure, reining, 

Purples - horsemanship, barrels, poles, halter gelding

 

HOLTMEIER WINS GAGE COUNTY ELITE SHOWMANSHIP

Tri County FFA member Carter Holtmeier won the Gage County Elite Livestock Showmanship Contest on July 27th.  Carter earned the right to represent Gage Co. at the Nebraska State Fair. Abby Vales was the Reserve Champion.  Carter earned the first place medal and a livestock clippers as an award.

Carter bested seven other competitors at the Gage Co. Fairgrounds.  The contestants showed beef, swine, meat goats and sheep. The students won the right to compete to go to state by placing first or second in the individual livestock species fair contests.  Holtmeier is the son of Kirk & Christa Holtmeier of Plymouth.

 

GAGE COUNTY FAIR AG QUIZ BOWL

The Tri County FFA/FFA Alumni hosted the first Ag Quiz Bowl at the Gage Co. Fair on July 24th.  Six four-person teams competed. Mr. Barnard read the questions and the Extension Staff recorded answers and organized teams.  The top for teams earned medals which the Tri County FFA Alumni sponsored. Teams could be from any youth 4-H and FFA organizations.  The Championship team consisted of Hannah Holtmeier -Captain, Preston Engelman, Brayden Humphreys and Kauden Sutton. The runner-up team members were Esdon Weers-Captain, Ashtyn Humphreys, Sage Holtmeier and Katie Kostal.  Placing third was the Tri County team of Carter Holtmeier, Taylor Koch, Breona Meyer and August Gerlach. The 4th place team was Tri County junior high students Kaden VanWinkle, Evan Quackenbush and Lucas Lewandowski.

EARN A FREE JACKET!!

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 on 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?

 

MEMBERS ENJOY ANNUAL CHAPTER PICNIC

The Tri County FFA Chapter enjoyed their Annual Picnic at Pohlmann’s Pond on July 31st.  The Chapter Officers hosted the evenings activities and supper. Mrs. Weise, Mrs. Bales and Mrs. Koch helped with the event.  Chapter Officer Lucas Weise provided canoes and kayaks. The group enjoyed a hotdog roast, swimming, fishing and canoeing. Twenty-five students participated.

 

MORE LOCAL FFA HISTORY

DEWITT FFA ADVISOR HISTORY

1941 - 1951  Alvin Reimer (Graduate of Beatrice High, 1928-29 National FFA 1st VP)

1951 - 1954  Nolan J. Evans

1954 - 1956  Glen Baum (Also taught at Lewiston H.S.; died July 2019)

1956 - 1967  Ronald Hobak

More about Mr. Reimer, Former Dewitt FFA Advisor

Highlights: 

Alvin Reimer 1911 to 1977; Born on a farm west of Beatrice. 

Beatrice High School Smith Hughes Program Agriculture student. 

Delegate to first National FFA Convention in Kansas City MO, November 1928. 

He was elected the First Vice President representing the Central Region of the National FFA in 1928 

He was the first Nebraska State FFA President 1928-29,

He was the First FFA American Farmer from Nebraska 1929. 

University of Nebraska Graduate.

He taught Vocational Agriculture in Ponca (1939-41) and taught Vocational Agriculture starting the program in Dewitt (1941-51) 

Moved from farm in 1971 to Beatrice.         Realtor and Salesman

 

TAYLOR CAMMACK RECEIVES NATIONAL FFA RECOGNITION

Congratulations to Taylor for earning a silver rating by the National FFA Organization in Wildlife Entrepreneurship Proficiency.  The announcement was made August 1st. Taylor had previously won the Nebraska State Wildlife Proficiency in April. Thank you Taylor representing our Chapter and the State Association.  Very few TC members have been recognized on this level for their Supervised Ag Experience in our 50 year history!!

GAGE COUNTY BEEF FITTING CONTEST

Taylor Cammack - Member of the 2nd place beef fitting team

Carter Holtmeier- Member of the 3rd place beef fitting team

 

FFA ALUMNI MEETS

The Tri County FFA Alumni met on Monday, August 5th at the high school.  Some of the highlights were:

  • Finalized the August 11th “Back to School” FFA Night @ 6:00 pm at TCHS

  • Next meeting is October 21st

  • Set yearly dues at $20.00

  • 5oth Year Celebration; Set Supper Cost at 15.00, Asked Mr. Barnard to MC, Kevin Kimmerling will be cater, reviewed dates of past Advisors, working to secure addresses of past TC Nebraska State Officers

 

NOVEMBER 9th - TRI COUNTY FFA 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION; OPEN HOUSE @ 3:00 PM;  CATERED SUPPER @ 6:00 PM & PROGRAM

PLEASE FORWARD TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST OR GIVE CONTACTS TO MR. BARNARD