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-Thank you FFA President Alexx Malchow and Kynlee Uher for visiting TC Elementary classes and reading books for the Connecting Chapters Program.

- Thank you Agri-Businesses who sponsored radio and newspaper ads during FFA Week.

-- Tri County has four candidates for the Nebraska State FFA Degree in 2020.  They are Jacob Kapke, Alexx Malchow, Bonnie Jantzen and Cassidy Kowalski.

.-The Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute will be held in Lincoln July 6-10th on UN-L’s East Campus.  Applications are now available and due April 15th. This five day conference is for high school juniors and seniors and is FREE of charge.This year’s theme is, “Building Your Brand ''. Apply online at  www.nda.nebraskagov/nayi        Many Tri County students have taken advantage of this great experience.

-  Congratulations to senior Alexx Malchow and junior Logan Larson for being named to the State FFA Ag Issues Academy to be held April 3rd in Lincoln.  Alexx & Logan are one of 30 FFA members selected from across the State.

-  WIX box tops are a valuable fund raisers for the Tri County FFA.  If you know of someone who uses WIX filters, please have them save their box tops for the FFA.

-  Mrs. Annette Weise visited the freshman Ag Class and helped them dissect fetal pig during FFA Week.

- On March 10th the Tri County FFA will recognize the EMT’s and FireFighters in Plymouth with a pork sandwich supper.

- Thank you Farm Credit Service of America for the paper products for the FFA Breakfast and Farmers Coop for the pancake flour!

-  Nick Loxterkamp and Karli Scherling were the winners of the FFA Week participation gift card drawings.

- The Poultry Evaluation Team of Lucas Weise, Jauques vanZyl, Jacob Kapke and Kendra Caudill placed 3rd on 2/26/2020 at the District 5 CDE.  They missed going to State by one place. Weise led the team with a 5th place finish and Jauques finished 8th!

-  FFA American Degree applications are due to the Nebraska State FFA Office by May 1st.

-  Tri County FFA local proficiency applications are due to Mr. Barnard by April 6th.

*** The Tri County FFA Banquet will now be held April 28th to accommodate the students competing in the National Land Judging Contest in OK in May.



Four area schools competed in a District 5 Junior High Agriculture Quiz Bowl on January 21st.  The 7th and 8th graders enjoyed supper together and then broke out in pools to compete. The pools ranked students for advanced competition.  Participating students were from Thayer Central, Bruning-Davenport, Fairbury and Tri County. Adults helping score and read questions were Kyle Spilker, Chris Peters, Vern Jantzen, Derrick Damrow, Jessi Damrow, Victoria Barnard, and Amy Gerlach.  The Tri County Team Blue team won the evening’s event. Team members were Kenzie Strein, Ellie Peters, John Wehrman and Evan Quackenbush. Tri County Gold team finished as runner-up. Team members were Kaden VanWinkle, Lucas Lewandowski, August Gerlach and Colton Placek.  Other students from TC competing were 7th graders Cooper Stokebrand, Ben Holsing, Pierce Damrow and Avery Schultis. The next competition is the State Contest April 3rd in Lincoln.


Four Tri County High School Agriculture Education students have applied for the 2020 Nebraska State FFA Degree.  The seniors are Jacob Kapke, son of Ashley & Scott Kapke; Alexx Malchow, daughter of Wendy Armbruster & Ray Malchow; Cassidy Kowalski, daughter of Kris & Kevin Kowalski; and Bonnie Jantzen, daughter of Terri & Darwin Jantzen.


The State FFA Degree is the highest degree the Nebraska State FFA Association can bestow.  A member must be a senior or one year out of high school to apply. They must have a “C” academic average, submit two years of financial record books, interview with a board of Ag Education instructors and pass an oral test.  In addition the applicant must earn 500 leadership points, serve as an officer or committee chair and volunteer for 25 hours of community service. The student must be versed in parliamentary procedure and public speaking.


  State Degree ceremonies will be conducted at the State FFA Convention in Lincoln on April 3rd at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  Mr. Dave Barnard and Mr. Kurt Wissenburg have served as the candidates’ Advisors.



Tri County FFA had several members enter the District 5 FFA Proficiency Award competition February 5th.  Proficiency Awards are based on a member’s Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program. Recognition is awarded on the local, district, state and national levels.  Winning applications are forwarded on for state competition and the top three state finalists are recognized at the State FFA Convention in Lincoln the first week in April at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 


Tri County had three area champions.  President Alexx Malchow’s Equine Placement Proficiency advanced to State with 2nd Gold.  Caden Kapke placed first in Swine Production Placement and Landen Chapman was the champion in Turfgrass Placement Proficiency.  Alexis Gerritse earned 1st Gold in Veterinary Science Placement.



All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry

Permit or “farm permit” without further testing. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

                                For more information, contact an Extension office near you:



The Tri County FFA Chapter sponsored a BBQ Pork sandwich meal on Feb. 10th for the DeWitt Volunteer FireFighters and First Responders.  The Chapter served the supper at the DeWitt Fire Hall with 22 volunteers present. Taryn VanEperen, Mr. Barnard and Logan Brown served the meal.  It was the Chapter’s way of saying thank-out to the local organization for all the service they provide the community. Similar meals are being planned for the Plymouth and Swanton volunteers.



The Tri County FFA Chapter kicked off National FFA Week with a visit from the Nebraska State FFA President.  FFA Week is Feb. 22-29th. Mr. Kooper Jelinek of Atkinson, NE spoke to each of the agriculture education classes on Feb. 19th.  His messages included agriculture advocacy, “Getting a Job” and careers in agriculture.


The officers  hosted a member, FFA Alumni and school staff Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 25th.  The pancake and sausage breakfast was served in the Ag Shop. Each day of the week is a “Theme Day”.  Monday is Greenhand and Ag Cap Day. Tuesday is Chapter tee-shirt day. Flannel Day highlights Wednesday.  The Tri County Welding and Poultry Teams will also compete in Lincoln for District Career Development Contests.  Thursday is Red vs. Green Day. Students wore the colors of their favorite tractor. Thursday was also Alternative Transportation Day and the Chapter’s monthly meeting.  Friday was America Day featuring red, white and blue. Six members will attend the State FFA Association sponsored 212/360 Leadership Conference in Kearney on Friday night and Saturday.


Culver’s Essay Contest

The Culver’s Essay Contest is back.  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 93rd 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 20, 2020.  Location and proximity to a Culver’s restaurant location is NOT a determining factor in this contest