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  •  FFA has concessions on December 12th.  All members are needed to work.

  • The next FFA Alumni Meeting is Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Ag Classroom.

  • The FFA Alumni Pancake Supper has been cancelled due to the virus.

  • Thank-you Baade Genetics, Cammack Farms and the Peters Family for providing livestock for students to evaluate before District Livestock Judging.

  • Thank you FFA Alumni members for helping at the football playoff game concessions on November 13th.

  • The Tri County Education Foundation has generously granted the Tri County Ag Education Dept. $250.00 for improvements.  The funds will be used for the purchase of two Hach nitrate testing kits for groundwater testing.  The kits will be used in the Agronomy and Natural Resources classes.  The TC FFA also plans to conduct a free nitrate testing for the public at the Parent-Teachers Conference in the spring.

  • Thank you to everyone who supported the Tri County FFA fruit fundraiser.  The items should arrive on December 8th.  Checks can be written to “Tri County Schools”.  Please let Advisor Dave Barnard know of any concerns.

  • State FFA Degrees are due to Mr. Barnard January 20th.  Interviews are currently set for February 3rd in Milford.  District Proficiency Applications are due Feb. 1, 2021.

  • National FFA Scholarships are now open.  See Mr. Barnard for your FFA member ID#.  Review the rubrics for evaluation before starting on the application.



The Farm Bureau Student Project Grant will be given to Jefferson County students. The purpose of the grant is to provide funds for students to begin or expand their 4-H or FFA projects. There is no limit to the scale of the project – students are awarded money on the basis of their budget and goals for the project. Their personal statement, financial need, advisor statement and project summary are also taken into consideration. There will be potential for a personal interview. If selected, the student must share how they have used the grant towards growing or starting their project at the county’s annual meeting in the fall. This grant has a maximum budget of $600. Deadline is Dec. 15th and grants are awarded in January. Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges (Farm Bureau members and/or staff).  




The Nebraska FFA Association announced November 2nd that the Tri County FFA was one of 19 Nebraska Chapter’s to receive the  2020-21 “Governor's Agriculture Excellence Award”.  The recognition is sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority.  The local FFA will receive $1,000.00 for program improvements.  The Tri County FFA will also be recognized on stage at the 2021 Nebraska State FFA Convention.  A banner will be presented by the Governor Ricketts to the membership.  This is the fourth year in a row Tri County earned the award.



The Tri County FFA Chapter, FBLA Chapter and the TC Student Council teamed up  to conduct a food drive competition on November 9-13th.  The TC students competed in their grades to see who would contribute the most items.   The senior class won the competition.  The Tri County students collected 453.2 pounds of food to deliver to the Little Free Food Pantry in DeWitt. The project was conducted prior to the many needs of individuals before Thanksgiving.  Thank you students and families who participated!!


Tri County FFA Receives Donation

Constellation, an Exelon Company, has a Choice Gas program in Nebraska- a program that

allows homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers to choose their natural gas supplier

each year. This year, Constellation dedicated a specific amount to each FFA chapter in their

Nebraska service area and also made an additional contribution based on the number of

customers who chose Constellation during the 2020 Choice Gas selection period this past

spring. They serve 60 counties in Nebraska. Constellation is providing nearly $15,000 to

support FFA in their service area. The Tri County FFA Chapter received a check of $89.00

to be used towards their FFA programs.



According to the National Center for Children Safety:

All Youth •   1.A child dies in an agriculture-related incident about every 3 days.*  2- Of the leading sources of fatalities among all youth, 47% involved transportation (including tractors), 20% involved contact with machinery, and 13% involved violent contact with animals and other humans.  3 • Youth under age 16 have 12 times the risk of ATV injuries compared to adults.  4 Working Youth • From 2001 to 2015, 48% of all fatal injuries to young workers occurred in agriculture.  5 • Since 2009, youth worker fatalities in agriculture have exceeded all other industries combined.  6 • In 2016, young workers were 7.8 times more likely to be fatally injured in agriculture when compared to all other industries combined (14.57 per 100,000 FTE vs 1.87 per 100,000 FTE).   7 • Transportation incidents were the most common fatal event, with tractors and ATV/UTVs as the primary vehicle sources.



Tri County students enrolled in agriculture education competed in the District 5 Livestock Evaluation Contest in York, NE on November 4th.  The contest was held in three divisions; junior high, juniors and seniors.  Area livestock producers served as the officials.


Eight livestock classes were judged and students also took a written animal science quiz.  Classes included breeding goats, market goats,  breeding ewes,  gilts, yearling bulls, breeding heifers, and market swine.  There were two question classes and the 9th and 10th graders gave one set of oral reasons and the 11th and 12th graders gave two sets of oral reasons.  There are 16 South Central schools in District 5.  Schools were limited to two teams per division because of the virus.


The Junior team of August Gerlach, Evan Quackenbush, Dusty Kapke and Colton Placek finished in 3rd place.  Gerlach led Tri County in scoring.  This team will compete in April at the Nebraska State Junior Livestock Contest!  Other 9th and 10th grade students competing were Carter Holtmeier, Ellinor Peters, Colton Bales and Kaden Van Winkle.


Gavin Weichel paced Tri County to a 5th place finish out of 16 schools in the Senior Division.  The team consisted of Weichel, Brevin Damrow, Caden Kapke and Carter Siems. The 5th place finish was 8 points from qualifying for state  One hundred students judged in this division.  Other Tri County senior judges were Hannah Holtmeier, Hanna Taylor, Tyler Houser and Reese Moore.


In the junior high division, Tri County had six contestants.  Drew Siems, Isabella Peters, Jordyn Zulauf, Sidney Brauer, Kennadee Van Winkle and Avery Schultis.



The Tri County FFA Chapter received a second memorial gift recently.  The Rodney Wiese Family forwarded a donation to the membership.  Mr. Wiese was an area famer in our community.  The members plan to use the Nebraska FFA Foundation to increase the donation through the FFA “I Believe” program.  Plans are to create a special account within the Tri County Education Foundation for future Chapter member stipends or scholarships.  Earlier this year the Galen Plihal Family also made a generous donation.


What’s Happening In Class?

Animal Science- Animal Selection, Identification, Digestion

7th Grade Careers - Greenhouse Labs, Agronomy, Careers

Natural Resources- Government Agencies, Legal Land Descriptions

Introduction to Agriculture (9) - Animal Selection, Dairy, Equine

Horticulture-  Holiday Wreath Construction, Terrariums, Greenhouse Labs

Agri-Business - Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing, State Degree Prep.