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-Congratulations to FFA President Alexx Malchow for being named the Tri County Student of the Semester for the 2019-20 first semester!!

-  Thank you to the following FFA members for their help at the Dec. 30th concessions: Caden Kapke, Carter Holtmeier, Andie Koch, Dustin Kapke, Hannah Holtmeier, Brevin Damrow, Emerson Schultis, Emily Thavenet, and Mrs. Barnard.

- American Degree Candidates; Mr. Barnard strongly encourages you to visit with him about this award as soon as you can.

- Spring TC FFA Chapter, FFA Alumni and First Tri County Bank scholarship applications are now available from Mr. Barnard.  Don’t wait FFA seniors!



Mr. Barnard is certified to coordinate YQCA training for area FFA and 4-H youth planning to show livestock in 2020 at county, area and state shows.  A YQCA training will be held starting at 1:15 pm on Thursday, Feb. 13th in the Tri County Ag Classroom. Tri County schools have an early out due to Parent Teachers conference.  Students must be registered before the training on-line. If you have questions contact Mr. Barnard at school or his cell… 402-879-5584.

To register for the YQCA training, please log-in or sign-up on https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login, and follow the instructions to register. The instructor-led course cost $3.00 and you must “purchase” the course to sign-up/attend.



The Tri County FFA thanks the Alumni for conducting the Annual Pancake Supper on Dec. 8th.  The members appreciate your donations throughout the year. Those helping with this year’s Pancake Supper were Kyle Spilker ( President), Greg Meints, Teri Meints, Chris Peters, Jeff Zimmerman, Kirk Holtmeier, Rick Gerlach, Vern Jantzen, Katie Jantzen, Doug Gerritse, Jeff VanWinkle, Mike Holtmeier, Henry Holtmeier, Brandon Pohlmann,  Janet Gerritse, Chad Weichel, Mark Freese Jason Pohlmann, DeVern Pohlmann, Victoria Barnard, Brett Esau, Kyle Pohlmann, Matt Uher, Duane Wollenburg, Shane Vordestrasse and Gale Pohlmann.


Sponsors for the supper include: Spilker Seed Service, Farmers Cooperative, Weise Dairy, Vern Jantzen, Plymouth Improvement Association, Prairie Egg Ranch, Pohlmann Farms and FFA Alumni.


  • Jan. 20  FFA Alumni Meeting at Tri County at 7:30 pm

  • Jan. 21  District 5 Junior High Ag Quiz Bowl

  • Febr. 1   Plymouth Consignment Sale:  FFA Helpers Requested

  • Febr. 1   State FFA Applications and Records Books are due

  • Febr. 1   District FFA Proficiency Awards are due

  • Febr. 3  Farm 2 Fork Meeting @ 5:00 at Tri County H. S.

  • Febr. 3  FFA Concessions @ Pioneer Conference BB 4:00 pm

  • Febr. 5  State FFA Degree Interviews at Milford High School in afternoon

  • Febr. 13  YQCA Training at Tri County in Ag Dept. at 1:15 pm

  • Febr. 15  State FFA Officer Applications are due

  • Febr. 26  District 5 Welding CDE @ SCC-Lincoln

  • Febr. 22 -29  National FFA Week

  • Febr.  28-29 212/360 Conference in Kearney

  • March 3   District 5 CDE’s at SCC-Beatrice starting at 8:00 am, leave at 7:30 am


Jefferson County Fair       July 14-19. 2020

Saline County Fair             July 14-19, 2020

Gage County Fair               July 21-26, 2020

Nebr. Ag Youth Institute (NAYI)  July 6-10 in Lincoln


ACE Camp- Great Opportunity for Middle School Students!

Nebraska’s NRDs host the annual Natural Resources Camp called "Adventure Camp about the Environment!" (ACE). ACE is open to 6th-8th graders who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and want to learn more about natural resources and have an adventure at camp. The areas campers will learn more about include: Aquatics, Forestry, Range and Grassland, Wildlife, Soils and Land. Campers will experience hands-on activities with a variety of speakers from across the state in each of the six areas, and also get a chance to explore possible careers in natural resources. ACE also includes adventure and activities for campers such as a zip-line, tanking and tubing, a campfire and many other games! ACE is held every June at the State 4-H Center near Halsey. The cost of the camp is $215.00 per camper and will include meals, lodging and activities. Most NRDs offer scholarships for students wanting to go to the camp. Contact your local NRD for information on how to apply.  2020 ACE Camp Dates - June 7-10, 2020


Tri County FFA member Gracin Hahn has been selected by the Nebraska State FFA Association for the 2020 State FFA Honor Choir.  The sophomore will sing tenor at the State FFA Convention in Lincoln. The State Convention is April 1-3rd. Gracin’s parents are James & Robin Hahn.



When and where will 212°/360°occur?  The date is set for February 28-29, 2020 in Kearney at Younes Conference Center. Programming will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and will end at 4:30 pm on Saturday.   Who should attend 212° Conference? 212° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade this school year.

212° is the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level, the boiling point. This conference focuses on the development of the individual student. Students will be challenged to push the limits of their leadership. Themes for this conference include virtues and growth allowing students to attend in two consecutive years without seeing the same curriculum.

Who should attend 360° Conference?  360° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 11th or 12th grade this school year.

360° takes students full circle in chapter leadership development. The conference covers every angle for developing action plans for their chapters and communities. This conference focuses on chapter and community development.  Attire for Friday evening is casual, appropriate school clothing. We suggest wearing a chapter t-shirt or polo. Attire on Saturday will include a conference t-shirt which students will receive on Friday at check-in and appropriate casual pants.

                                  ***Interested??  See Mr. Barnard for details***



Twenty-seven members of the Tri County FFA Chapter competed in five team events and two individual events at the District 5 Leadership Development Events on January 15th.  The competition for the 16 District schools was held at the Holthus Convention Center in York. All the contests were state qualifying for the Nebraska FFA Convention April 1-3.


 In the Conduct of Meetings Parliamentary Procedure contest, the 9th grade Parliamentary Procedure team of Kendra Caudill, Breona Meyer, Karli Scherling, Carter Siems, Carter Holtmeier, Taylor Koch and Trevor Johnson won a purple ribbon and placed as District Runner-up.  The team will compete at the State Convention. Holtmeier was the team chairman. The 8th grade Conduct of Meetings team earned a blue ribbon. This group was chaired by Evan Quackenbush. Team members were John Wehrman, August Gerlach, Ellie Peters, Lucas Lewandowski, Payton Smidt and Kaden VanWinkle.


The Tri County Senior Parliamentary Procedure team of Cole Siems, Brevin Damrow, Gracin Hahn, Hannah Holtmeier, Logan Larson and Gavin Weichel earned the top blue ribbon.  Siems chaired the team. The Ag Demonstration team of Kynlee Uher, Ella Crawford and Andie Koch received a purple ribbon. Their topic was on “Grafting”.


Sophomores Emerson Schultz, Emily Thavanet and Mya Maxwell earned a purple ribbon in the Ag Demonstration competition.  Their topic was on “Soybean Treatments”.


Chapter President Alexx Malchow earned the state alternate purple ribbon in the Job Interview contest.  Chapter Vice-President Hannah Holtmeier also brought home a purple in Job Interview.


People in Agriculture Pathways Poster Event

 Purpose: The People in Agriculture Pathways Poster Event is designed to develop inquiry and communication skills while also providing an understanding and awareness of careers in agriculture for seventh and eighth grade students. The event will consist of three distinct components – a poster, a paper, and an interview. 


Through the development and display of their posters, students will accomplish the following three tasks: 

1. Prepare a written summary of people working in their respective agriculture jobs or careers. Each written summary will contain one person working in each of the six agriculture career pathways: A. Agribusiness Systems B. Animal Systems C. Environmental and Natural Resources Systems D. Food Products and Processing Systems E. Plant Systems F. Power, Structural, and Technical Systems 

2. Develop a poster board of their discoveries. The poster board will share key points from the written summary. Specific information to include on the board is identified in the rules portion of this document. 

3. Prepare to discuss the job requirements and benefits of one position identified on their poster.