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APRIL  2020



  • Calendar Dates: 9/23 Area 6 RangeJudging @ Thayer County and State Range Judging is 9/30/2020 in Cherry County.    Southeast Area Land Judging is 10/7/2020. Husker Harvest Days @ Grand Island is Sept. 16; State Dairy Cattle CDE and Milk Quality CDE at Grand Island on Saturday, August 29.

  • April is National Welding Month!!

  • The April FFA Alumni meeting was cancelled.  The Alumni did sponsor the plaques for the 2020 State FFA Degree recipients and offer a 2020 scholarship.

  • Scholarship Announcements:  FFA Chapter Scholarship, Cassidy Kowalski- $250.00; FFA Alumni Scholarship, Alexx Malchow, $500.00; National FFA Organization Scholarship, Savannah Gerlach- $1,000.00.

  • April 24th is Arbor Day in Nebr.  … It is celebrated on the last Friday of April each year.


Jacob Kapke Receives 2020 DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award

Jacob Kapke of Tri County High School was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.

Kapke is the son of Scott and Ashley Kapke of Clatonia.  He received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience.  Kapke’s significant accomplishments have included earning his Nebraska State FFA Degree, helping his Ag Education Ag Mechanics team to first place finishes the last two years and serving as a Tri County FFA officer.  His ag education instructor is Mr. Dave Barnard. Jacob’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of placement at Kapke Farms where he works in a farrow to finish swine operation and a crop enterprise.

This year the DeKalb Ag Accomplishment Award celebrates it’s 73rd anniversary.  Over the 73 years more than 170,000 high school seniors from across the nation have been recognized with this award.  As a recipient of the 2020 award, Jacob Kapke’s name will be recorded on a multi-year plaque at Tri County High School.  Local DeKalb representative Kyle Spilker of Spilker Seed Services presented the award.


On April 1st Principal Uher announced he was accepting a new position at Lincoln Northeast High School.  I want to publicly thank Mr. Uher for his support of the Ag Education program the last three years. He was a recipient of the Nebraska FFA Association’s “Cornerstone'' award for advancing FFA. In 2017 he was voted by the membership to “Honorary Chapter Degree'' status.  Mr. Uher has helped by sorting fruit, transporting students and promoting the Revision program. My sincere best wishes to the Uher Family. Mr. Barnard



May 1st has been announced as “Celebrate Nebraska FFA Day” by the Nebraska FFA Association.  State award recipients on the chapter and individual levels will be announced by the state staff on a virtual program.  The starting time is TBA. Several Tri County members will be recognized along with Retiring State FFA Secretary Savannah Gerlach.



The Tri County FFA announced their 2020 Chapter Proficiency Awards April 15th.  Freshman Carter Holtmeier earned the Star Greenhand Award and senior Alexx Malchow received the Chapter Star in Placement.  Both students received a plaque and medal for their accomplishment.


FFA proficiency awards can be earned on the local, district, state and national levels.  At the local level members earn medals and certificates based on their leadership, activities and their Supervised Agricultural Experience program.  Documentation is recorded in the ag education student’s computer record keeping system.

  1. Ag Mechanics Design & Fabrication - Jacob Kapke

  2. Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Entrepreneurship- Trevor Johnson

  3. Ag Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement -Ellie Crawford

  4. Ag Services - Hanna Taylor

  5. Auto Technology- Nick Loxterkamp

  6.  Beef Production Entrepreneurship - Gavin Weichel

  7. Dairy Prod. Entrepreneurship - Lucas Weise

  8. Dairy Production Placement - Lucas Weise

  9. Diversified Ag Production - Brevin Damrow

  10.  Diversified Crop Production Placement - Hannah Holtmeier

  11.  Diversified Horticulture -Nicole Vodraska

  12.  Diversified Livestock Prod. Entrepreneurship/Placement - Hannah Holtmeier

  13. Electrical Technology- Jacob Kapke

  14.  Environment Science and Natural Resources Management -Logan Larson

  15. Equine Science Production  Placement - Alexx Malchow

  16. Food Science and Technology - Gracin Hahn

  17. Forage Production- Gavin Weichel

  18. Goat Production Entre./Placement - Bonnie Jantzen

  19. Grain Production Placement - Gavin Weichel

  20. Grain Production Entrepreneurship -Gavin Weichel

  21. Health & Human -Kynlee Uher

  22. Home and Community Development - Andie Koch

  23. Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism - Cassidy Kowalski

  24.  Poultry Production Placement -Jacob Kapke

  25.  Small Animal Production & Care Production Placement -Taryn VanEperen

  26. Specialty Crop Production - Gavin Weichel

  27. Swine Production Entrepreneurship- Hannah Holtmeier

  28.  Swine Production  Placement- Caden Kapke

  29.  Turfgrass Management Placement - Landen Chapman

  30.  Veterinary Science - Alexis Gerritse

  31.  Prepared Public Speaking - Alexx Malchow

  32. Star Chapter Greenhand- Carter Holtmeier

  33. Star Chapter AgriBusiness / Placement- Alexx Malchow



Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Grants of $1,000 are available to start or expand member SAEs . The SAE Grant application process opens mid-September and closes Nov. 15. Eligible grant applications are scored and the grant recipients will be announced mid-December



The Tri County FFA 2019-20 scholarship pin recipients have been announced.  The award is based on classroom and laboratory grades. Extra project work such as proficiency and scholarship applications are considered.  A complete SAE accounting record is a part of the award. Alexx Malchow is the senior winner, Landen Chapman earned the junior award, sophomore Gracin Hahn won the pin and Carter Holtmeier was the freshman winner.



We realize there is a cost associated with ear tags, YQCA training, DNA, online market and breeding nominations, BUT these still need to be met by the deadlines if you want to show your animals.


             May 8 – County Fair Broiler Orders Due

             May 15 – 4-H and FFA T-shirt Orders Due with Payment – No inventory is kept on hand.

             June 1 – YQCA Training Must BE Complete with Certificate on File at the Extension Office – NO CERTIFICATE = NO EXHIBITION IN ANIMAL SHOWS (COUNTY FAIR OR STATE FAIR)

             June 15 – All Animal and Rabbit Identification Forms Due at the Extension Office

             June 15 – All Market Animal DNA Envelopes Must be at the Extension Office

             June 15 – ALL Market and Breeding Beef, Sheep, Goats, and Swine MUST be Entered Into the www.showstockmgr.com Website to be Eligible for State Fair Exhibition.



The following FFA members submitted Chapter Officer applications by the April 6th deadline.  Interviews and voting will be conducted hopefully in May. COLT was cancelled.

Juniors - Andie Koch, Ella Crawford, Logan Larson, Hannah Holtmeier, Nicole Vodraska, Landen Chapman

Sophomores - Brevin Damrow, Gavin Weichel



The Tri County FFA Chapter as a group can not conduct the spring roadside pick-up on Highway 4.  The chapter’s Adopt-A-Highway area is one mile east and one mile west on both sides of the road starting at the intersection of Hwy 4 and Hwy 103. (T intersection south of school).  However, if you and/or your family wish to pick up the roadside that would be great.  It is much easier than when the bromegrass is high. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard are picking up trash starting from the Mycogen sign going west.



The Tri County FFA Chapter has recognized two individuals with the 2020 Honorary Chapter Degree and one area business and one individual with Appreciation awards.  The members can nominate special contributors and then vote on the candidates. All those recognized will receive a plaque.


Mr. Kurt Wissenburg is a recipient of the Honorary Chapter Degree.  He served as Chapter Advisor for 18 years. Mr. Wissenburg had four of his students become State Officers and 52 students earned their State FFA Degree.


Mrs. Jessica Larsen is a recipient of the Honorary Chapter Degree.  She has served as a CDE coach, assisted in Chapter grant writing opportunities and sponsored members to contests.


The Plymouth Vet Clinic is awarded an Appreciation Plaque for providing members job shadowing and employment opportunities, hosting field trips, serving as guest speakers and loaning equipment.


Mrs. Victoria Barnard is awarded an Appreciation Plaque for transporting students to contests, sponsoring students, preparing meals for Chapter activities and coordinating the school greenhouse this past spring.