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JULY  2020

  • The Advisor appreciates the opportunity of visiting the following students at their homes and/or SAE’s this month: Kaden Koch, Trevor Johnson

  • Hannah Holtmeier and Ella Crawford were on the front page of the Beatrice Daily Sun with their Homestead National Monument S.A.E. !!

  • The Tri County FFA extends their sincere thoughts to the Galen Plihal family.  Mr. Plihal was definitely a friend of agriculture in our community. 

  • Due to continuing health concerns and to safeguard presenters and students, the October 8th Gage Co. Rural Safety Day hosted by the Tri County FFA is cancelled.  A 2021 October Safety Day will be planned.  

  • Two Chapter Officers stepped up and competed in the State Agronomy CDE on-line July 22nd.  Logan Larson and Gavin Weichel both earned white ribbons.  Tri County did not have a team.  To earn an individual ribbon a contestant must be in the top 50%.  Good Job!



Eight Tri County students enrolled in agriculture education competed in the 2020 Middle School FFA Ag Quiz Bowl Contest on June 30th.  Eighth graders John Werhman, Ellie Peters, Evan Quackenbush, Kaden Van Winkle, August Gerlach, Colten Placek, Lucas Lewandowski and seventh grader Avery Schultis took a 150 question exam on google forms in place of the head-to-head competition.  


Led by August’s first place individual finish Tri County won the team championship plaque.  August earned the gold medal and purple ribbon.  Lucas placed 8th and received a purple.  Evan won tenth place and was top blue.  Kaden placed with a blue.  John and Avery received red ribbons and Ellie earned a white.  Students had to be in the top half of the competitors to get a ribbon.  Team finishes after Tri County were Eustis Farnam, St. Paul and Chase County.


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?


Static Exhibits- Forestry Presentation: Andie Koch, Purple; Vet. Science Notebooks: Lucas Weise, Purple; Taryn VanEpersen, Blue; Vet. Science Posters: Lucas Weise, Purple and Outstanding Project Display Champion; Taryn VanEpersen, Purple; Tyler Houser, Purple; Electrical Project: Colton Bales, Purple; Megan Schmidt, Blue; Chris Janssen, Blue;  Woodworking: Jack Hopkins, Purple; Megan Schmidt, Blue; Megan Henson, Blue; Chris Janssen, Blue; Andrew Sasse, Red; FFA Secretary Book: Nicole Vodraska, Purple; FFA Treasurer Book: Landen Chapman, Purple; Wildlife Essays: Cole Spahr, Blue; Jordan Zulauf, Purple; Ashton Schwisow, Blue; Addison Paxton, Purple;  Wildlife Dioramas: Macoy Wollenburg, Purple; Ben Holsing, Purple; Arianna Bellinder, Purple; Harley Dike, Purple; Metal Working: Jacques vanZyl, Blue and Purple; Horticulture Display: Emerson Schultis, Purple,


Livestock- Swine: Showmanship: Carter Holtmeier, Purple and Champion; Hannah Holtmeier, Purple and Reserve Champion;  Breeding Swine: Carter Holtmeier, First Purple & Champion; Market Swine Gilts: Hannah Holtmeier, 2 Purples and Champion Gilt; Carter Holtmeier, Reserve Champion Gilt; Market Barrows: Hannah Holtmeier, Purple; Swine Pen of Three: Hannah Holtmeier, Purple and Champion


Dairy Cattle Showmanship: Carter Holtmeier, 3rd Blue; Lucas Weise, 4th & Blue; Live Cattle: Lucas Weise, Champion Aryshire, Holstein Yearling Heifer-Blue; Carter Holtmeier, Brown Swiss Heifer, Purple and Jersey 3 Yr. Old Cow, Blue.


Goat Showmanship: Ellinor Peters, Reserve Champion & Purple; Meat Goat: Ellie Peters, Purple.


Beef Showmanship: Hannah Holtmeier, Blue; Cassidy Kowalski, Blue; Gavin Weichel, Blue;Carter Holtmeier, 3rd & Purple; Breeding Beef: Gavin Weichel, Angus Breeding Heifers-Blue and Purple;X-Bred Heifer, Purple; Market Beef: Gavin Weichel, Market Heifer-Reserve Champion Purple; Carter Holtmeier, Champion Market Heifer & Purple; Carter Holtmeier, Grand Champion Market Steer and Champion X-Bred Market Steer.  Feeder Steers: Cassidy Kowalski, 2 Blues.



The Tri County State Ag Education Career Event team placed 6th in Natural Resources on July 21st.  The contest was held on-line.  The sixth place finish earned the four person team a Blue ribbon.  Individually Nick Loxterkamp, Logan Larson and Kanin Baker finished with red ribbons.  Nicole Vodraska earned an individual white ribbon.  A student must be in the top half of the contestants to receive a ribbon.  The contest consisted of wildlife ID, an exam and a team practicum.



Tri County FFA will help with the Little Tuggers activity at Plymouth Day on August 15th, Saturday.  If you want to help report along the main street at 6:45 pm with your FFA tee shirt on.  We need helpers to check-in, announce, wipe down steering wheels, record distance and line kids up.  It is a fun time.  Questions…. Contact Mr. Barnard.  Mr. John Vossler and Mrs. Nancy Heideman are also PIA members in the know about this.


July 23, 2020

Dear FFA/ Ag Education Students:


I hope your extended summer was productive and you had the opportunity to experience some of the things you enjoy.  Continue being safe and remind those around you to do so also.


A couple of school kick-off events hosted by the Tri County FFA Officers and FFA Alumni are coming up.  Freshmen are invited and encouraged to be a part of all events.  Eighth grade students are also invited.  Ninth graders have been paired with an FFA Officer so reach you to them with your questions.  Mr. Barnard’s cell is 402-879-5584.


On Thursday, August 6th the officers are hosting a chapter picnic at Pohlmann’s Pond north of DeWitt.  You can  fish (Catch and Release), swim, hike, canoe or play games starting at 5:00 am.  Roast your own hotdogs with chips, cookies and smoories starting at 6:00 pm.  We need to be gone at 9:00 pm.  I suggest you carpool.  Directions are: take the blacktop east from DeWitt that goes to Clatonia.  Three miles east and three miles north to the “Soap Creek Lutheran Church sign” and turn west.  Travel ¼ mile and turn into a farmstead on the north side of the road.  The service road winds back to the pond for ¼ mile.  What to bring…. Swim attire, lawn chair, water gear, yard games, towel, bug spray, pole if you want to fish, drinks if you want something besides lemonade.


Nicole Vodraska, Secretary                                Hannah Holtmeier, President