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JUNE  2020


  • There are now 194 FFA Chapters in Nebraska.  This is the most ever!!

  • The Tri County FFA has livestock clippers, a beef blocking chute and a goat fitting stand for area showpersons to use!  Contact Mr. Barnard if interested.

  • FFA Members- You should have received your summer edition of the “New Horizons” FFA magazine.  If you did not please let Mr. Barnard know.

  • Next FFA Officers Executive Meeting is at Ella Crawfords on July th.  

  • Treasurer Landen Chapman had his picture in the Nebraska Foundation newsletter.

  • Southeast Nebraska Land Judging is on October 7th in Nemaha County this year.

  • Mr. Barnard had the privilege of meeting (re-meeting) Mr. Craig Fix, past Nebraska State FFA Officer this month.  Mr. Fix has children attending Tri County Schools.

  • The Advisor appreciates the opportunity of visiting the following students at their homes and/or SAE’s this month: Colton Placek, Evan Quackenbush, August Gerlach, Ellie Peters, John Wehrman, Logan Larson, Kinsley Fletcher, Dustin Kapek, Caden Kapke, Ella Crawford, Kendra Caudill, Samuel Wagner, Hannah Holtmeier, Carter Holtmeier, Aubriana Sluka, Gavin Weichel, Caitlin Franzen, Jackson Kirchoff and Tayden Gronemeyer.

  • Jefferson County Fair will not be having a pre-fair clean up day this year.



The 93rd Nebraska State FFA Convention Celebration was held May 21st and 22nd.  The convention was conducted virtually and individuals and chapters were recognized.  Tri County was well represented.  Two members earned top three proficiency plaques for their Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs.  Alexx Gertitse finished 2nd in Veterinary Science Placement in the state.  Chapter Treasurer Landen Chapman placed third in Turfgrass Management Placements.  Both students also received a monetary stipend.


The Tri County FFA received a “Governor’s Award for Excellence” banner for the third year in a row.  Chapter member Savannah Gerlach presented her retiring  State FFA Secretary address on Friday.  Senior members Cassidy Kowalski, Alexx Malchow, Jacob Kapke and Bonnie Jantzen had the Nebr. State FFA Degree bestowed upon them.  Tri County FFA was recognized for their involvement for “Connecting Chapters”, an agriculture literacy outreach program.


In the National Chapter rating awards Tri County accepted recognition for obtaining “gold” status and was named a “Premier Chapter”.  In this program there are three areas of accomplishment, Growing Leaders, Building Communities and Strengthening Agriculture.  Only three chapters are recognized individually in each area.  Tri County brought home the 2nd place runner-up plaque in the Strengthening Agriculture category and will compete next at the National Convention in October.



As the Advisor I am often asked about contests available for agriculture education students to compete in.  The best source of listings and guidelines are the Nebraska Association of Resource Districts website and the Nebraska Agriculture Education website.  Ag Education contests are not administered by the NSAA like sports and speech.  There are three areas contests fall into; Natural Resources, Career Development Events (CDE’s) and Leadership Development Events (LDE’s).  Natural Resources contests include area and state competitions in Range Judging, Land Judging and Envirothon.  You do not need to be in FFA to compete in these contests.  They are hosted by Natural Resources Districts.


The CDE’s are coordinated by several agencies but most of the directives are from the University of Nebraska and the State Ag Teachers Association.  These are ag education curriculum events like Welding, Livestock Judging, Meats, Floriculture, Ag Sales, Ag Communications, Nursery & Landscaping, Agronomy, Dairy Products and Dairy Cattle Selection.  Students compete in twelve different districts.  Tri County is in District 5.  If students qualify they can compete on the state level and the state winner goes to Indy.


The LDE’s are hosted by the State Dept. of Education on the district and state levels.  State winners also compete in Indianapolis, IN.  Contests in this area include Creed, Public, Extemporaneous, Natural Resources and Cooperative Speaking.  Team events include the Conduct of Meetings, Senior Parlia-Pro and Ag Demonstration.  There are many programs that are not contests that are also administered by the State FFA Association like chapter officer leadership training (COLT).  Contact Mr. Barnard with your questions!!



All eight of the new officers were present on June 10th at the Executive Meeting.  Hannah Holtmeier hosted the activity.  After a pizza supper the group took pictures for future public relations events.  The officers received their new office pins.  They discussed officer jackets and personal goals for the year.  Summer activities were discussed but a lot of events have not been finalized due to the virus.  The members did decide to help with Little Tuggers at Plymouth Aug. 15th.  Parade entry ideas were brought up.  The Pohlmann Pond Chapter Picnic was set for August 6th in the evening (more details after July 9th).  The then volunteered as chairpersons for the 15 Standing Committees of the FFA Program of Activities.  Chapter members will be assigned to a committee later this summer.  Mr. Barnard has livestock show tee shirts for FFA members if needed.  The last item of business was the selection of new 9th grade ag education students to mentor groups.  Each officer has three students in their groups.  All members should be checking their emails.


S.A.E. ??!!  WHAT IS AN S.A.E.?

There are three components of an agriculture education student’s total and complete Ag Ed experience.  They are classroom/laboratory experience, the FFA and an S.A.E.  In this section I will discuss the Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE).  The Supervised part is the Ag Instructor’s involvement in the record keeping and award recognition.  The Instructor may suggest or demonstrate management skills on site.  Hopefully the student involves the teacher.  This is one of the favorite parts of being an ag education instructor!  Some students choose to show or exhibit their SAE’s.


There are basically three types of SAE’s: placement, exploratory and entrepreneurship.  Placement is working for someone.  This could be a family member or a business.  Examples of current student’s placement SAE’s I have visited so far are: Logan Larsen- Huls Farms, Andie Koch-Farmer Coop C-Store and Ella Crawford- Homestead National Monument.


 An exploratory may be a paid or unpaid position.  Say you shadow the local veterinarian on Saturday mornings to see if this is really a career you want to pursue.  


The entrepreneurship or ownership SAE is when you own the enterprise.  This could be livestock, crops or your own business like Landen Chapman’s lawn care enterprise.   Students enterprise’s in this area I have seen this summer are Evan Quackenbush-Breeding Beef, Carter Holtmeier’s beef, Ellie Peters- Goats, Gavin Weichel’s beef and corn, August Gerlach’s poultry and Hannah Holtmeier’s swine & beef.


Most all the FFA Degrees, Scholarship, and Award Recognition start with an SAE.  Most of you are already working on an SAE and did not realize it!!  I will visit a lot about SAE’s in class.  I have many more visits scheduled and will update you.  Congratulations Tri-C on some super SAE’s!



Due to the challenges of COVID-19 for families and educators, the extension of restricted in person 4-H events through June 15, and the closures of offices and schools,  4-H and FFA, in consultation with the Nebraska State Fair Livestock Committee, have decided to extend the state fair livestock nomination deadline from June 15 to July 1. Exhibitors will be required to submit their DNA envelopes to their county office or FFA Advisor and have completed their online nomination through  https://showstockmgr.com/  along with submitting payment online by 11:59 PM CST on July 1.


Extension Staff and FFA Advisors must have completed DNA envelopes in their possession by July 1. Those staff will then be required to postmark all DNA envelopes to the Aksarben Stock Show office by July 6 and have all nominations validated by Friday, July 10 in Show Stock Manager.


Mailing Address:

Aksarben Stock Show

Attn: NSF Nominations

P.O. Box 130

Grand Island, NE 68802


If you are short of DNA envelopes and need to order more, please reach out to Brandy Schulze bschulze@unl.edu.


Please contact Brandy Schulze or Ryan Hassebrook if you have any additional questions.