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-Members Nicole Vodraska, Logan Larson, Gracin Hahn, Emerson Schultis and Mya Maxwell who were members of the 2019 State Champion Dairy Products team, presented three Lincoln Culver’s restaurants a plaque on September 29th.  Culver’s is a National CDE sponsor and donated funds to the TC FFA two years to attend the national contest in Indianapolis.

-  Tri County FFA will be awarded a Three-Star National Chapter Rating at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN in October.  The rating is the highest the National Organization bestows on local FFA Chapters.  Well done members!

- The Tri County FFA earned “Champion” status from the Nebraska Farmer Bureau’s Connecting Chapter Program for Ag Literacy in October for 2019-20.

- The FFA/FBLA Nov. Annual Thanksgiving Supper has been cancelled.

- Students earning red ribbons are the State Dairy Evaluation CDE were Hannah Holtmeier, Lucas Weise and Gavin Weichel.

-October is “Pork Month”!! Thank a pork producer.  “Everything's Better With Bacon”

- ***  FFA Seniors and Out-of-School Members: National FFA Scholarship applications open on November 1st and close Jan. 10, 2021.  

-  American Degrees for Tri County will be televised on Oct. 28th at 7:45 pm CST on RFD-TV and the Chapter’s 3-Star will be on the air at 11:30 am on the 28th.  

-  The annual FFA/FBLA/Student Council canned food drive will not be held this fall.  Instead a raising food challenge in school between classes will be conducted.



Mrs. Jane Esau stepped away from the Gage County Extension Service the first week in October.  Mrs. Esau served as a 4-H Specialist for 44 years.  Jane will be missed not only by 4-H members and families but all area youth.  While this Advisor has worked in Southeast Nebraska, Jane has just been a super supporter of area FFA members and their programs.  She was instrumental in the Tri County FFA’s Rural Safety Days on the Gage Fairgrounds, provided needed assistance for Ag Quiz Bowls and gave guidance for fair registrations, tagging and entries.

Thank-you, Mrs. Esau… Tri County FFA & FFA Alumni



Forty-one Agriculture Education students from Tri County High School competed in the October 7th Southeast Area Land Judging Contest.  The competition had thirteen schools participate and was hosted by the Nemaha NRD. There were 208 students competing.  The contest site was east of Auburn, NE.  Students evaluated four sites for soil factors such as depth, texture, slope, erosion and thickness.  The students then determined the land capability class and recommended soil treatments.


The Tri County team of Gavin Weichel, Cole Siems, Brevin Damrow and Landen Chapman won the first place plaque and qualified for the state land judging contest on October 28th in York County.  Tri County also finished with the fifth place team.  These members were Nicole Vodraska, Gracin Hahn, Evan Quackenbush and Drew Garrison. This team earned the top blue ribbon.  The team of John Wehrman, August Gerlach, Hannah Holtmeier and Zach Bergmeyer received the top red ribbon for their 9th place finish.  There were 50 teams.


Individually Tri County had three of the top five judgers.  Gavin Weichel finished third and medaled.  Other purple ribbon winners were 4th Cole Siems and 5th Brevin Damrow.  Landen Chapman and Nicole Vodraska claimed 10th and 11th place and were the top blue ribbons.  Other blue ribbon winners were Gracin Hahn and Evan Quackenbush.  Earning reds were Drew Garrison, John Wehrman, August Gerlach, Hannah Holtmeier, Zach Bergmeier, and Emerson Schultis.  Bringing home white ribbons were Logan Larson, Kanin Baker, Dustin Kapke, Nick Loxterkamp, Jonah Schwab, Caden Bales, Kaden Koch, Jack Hopkins, Carter Holtmeier, Colton Placek and Caitlin Franzen.  Other Tri County judgers were Mya Maxwell, Kaden Van Winkle, Evelyn Baker, Trevor Johnson, Samuel Wagner, Kinsley Fletcher, Lucas Lewandowski, Braiden Strouf, Emily Thavanet, Cassidy Thavanet, Tayden Gronemeyer, Ellinor Peters, Caden Kapke, Aubrey Sluka, Tyler Houser, Jurgen Baker and Kendra Caudill.  The top 41% of the students earned ribbons.  



The Tri County FFA sponsored all school dance was held October 16th in the school’s new bus barn.  The dance was held after the TC-Thayer Central football game.  Over fifty-five students attended on a chilly night.  Mrs. Brooke Koch, Mr. Kirk Holtmeier, Mrs. Christa Holtmeier and Mrs. Jessica Larson served as adult sponsors for the activity.  The FFA used Mr. Morrissey’s sound system.  The bus barn was decorated with Christmas lights, August Gerlach’s straw bales and Dave Hick’s cattle panels.  Refreshments were served.  The Chapter thanks Kevin Weichel for his cooperation.



The Nebraska FFA Foundation has announced that three Tri County FFA members have been selected to receive FFA jackets and a tie or scarf.  Jackson Kirchoff, Mason Schmidt and Aubrey Sluka are the recipients.  The members wrote an essay regarding the FFA and submitted their papers to the Foundation.  The jackets are sponsored by businesses and individuals across the state who wish to support the project.  Over 600 students applied in the state and only 224 were selected!!  In a National FFA Organization project two members earned jackets through the “Gift of Blue” project.  There were Samuel Wagner and John Wehrman.  Congratulations to the recipients.



President Hannah Holtmeier presided at the Oct. 19th monthly meeting.  Forty-one members were present.  The members enjoyed a joint hotdog supper with the FBLA before the meeting.  The hayrack ride was cancelled due to the virus.  The two action  items were 1) Sponsoring an Appreciation Meal for the Swanton first responders and firefighters and 2) serving as “victims” for a drill evacuation drill in the future with area responders.



The Tri County FFA Chapter will be conducting their annual fruit, cheese and meat sales now until Nov. 13th.  The products will be delivered the first week in December.  Treasurer Landen Chapman is the project chairperson.  The Chapter goal is that each member sells to at least ten customers.


The FFA has added three pound cookie dough tubs to their list of sausages, beef sticks, fruit boxes, cheeses, candies and assorted fruits this year.  All FFA members have the necessary information.  The fundraiser will go to support community service projects, trips to conventions, scholarships, safety projects and ag literacy promotions.  Each year people are missed due to members who graduate and do not let their younger Chapter members know who to sell to.  It is okay for people to contact members also.


  • Make checks payable to Tri County Schools

  • Can pay when ordered or when delivered

  • Questions… Mr. Barnard, Advisor   402-879-5584

  • Scheduled delivery is Dec. 8th

  • Students can choose what they want to offer their customers.  There are eight sheets of order forms: fruit, candies, meats, cheese spread, electronic order forms, cookie dough tubs, cookie dough pre-portioned and cookie dough tub/per-portioned combination.

  • There are alot of full box apple varieties offered this year.

  • Read the electronic order option app sheet.  Code on sheet.

  • Thank you in advance to all who support the Tri County FFA



Nov. 4  Livestock Judging at York

Nov. 7  FFA Alumni Meeting at Ag Dept.

Nov. 23  FFA Leadership Night and Degree Ceremonies @ 7:00 pm at H.S.

Dec. 12  FFA Concessions / FFA Alumni Pancake Supper at H.S.