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  • Mr. Barnard will conduct a Livestock Quality Assurance training on 2/11/2021 after school and prior to PT Conferences in the Ag Classroom from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  On-line registration will be required.  All showpersons for 2021 must take this training prior to exhibiting.  More information to follow in the January Advisor.  

  • The new Chapter tee shirts are in.  Ella Crawford and Andie Koch designed the orchid colored shirts.

  • Saline County Fair Beef Weigh-In Day is Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021… pending.

  • Thank you to the following for helping at the 12/12/2020 FFA BB Concessions: Andie Koch, Mrs. Barnard, Mrs. Gerlach and Brevin Damrow.

  • The Nebraska Dept. of Education has decided that the April Nebraska FFA Convention will be a virtual event again this year due to the virus.

  • FFA supporters willing to listen and evaluate District Contest speakers in early January please contact Mr. Barnard.


Farmers Cooperative Donates to Local FFA Chapter

Farmers Cooperative, has donated $4,600 to the Nebraska FFA Foundation to directly support local FFA programming needs. Tri County FFA was selected to receive a

$500 grant.  Tri County received the $500 grant for a nitrate testing project. They plan to purchase two Hach Nitrate Testing kits and the Reagent supplies needed to conduct the nitrate testing. This project will be used in the Natural Resources, Agronomy and 7 th grade career classes. They also plan to host a “Test Your Well Night” for parents in the district and test the irrigation water from their proposed school center pivot.


“FFA provides an abundance of opportunities for our area youth to grow and develop their

leadership skills. Not only does this benefit our company, but also the communities we serve.  Farmers Cooperative is proud to provide funding and support the FFA grant program and these very deserving projects,” said Allan Zumpfe, President/CEO of Farmers.



The Tri County FFA Chapter hosted their fall Leadership Night on November 24th at the Tri County Auditorium.  President Hannah Holtmeier conducted the meeting for members, parents and guests.  Fall contest medals and ribbons were handed out for  Land Judging, Ag Quiz Bowl, Natural Resources and Dairy Evaluation.


The highlight of the night was the Degree Ceremonies.  Earning their Discovery Degrees were seventh graders Sydney Brauer, Isabelle Peters and Kennadee Van Winkle.  Discovery Degree requirements include participating in Chapter activities, pay dues and be familiar with the Chapter Program of Activities. 


Twenty-three members were accepted into the FFA as Greenhands.  The Greenhand Degree was bestowed upon  Evelyn Baker, Caden Bales, Colton Bales, Zach Bergmeier, Kinsley Fletcher, Caitlin Franzen, August Geralch, Tayden Gronemeyer, Dustin Kapke, Jackson Kirchoff, Kaden Koch, Lucas lewandowski, Ellinor Peters, Colton Placek, Evan Quackenbush, Mason Schmidt, Jonah Schab, Aubriana Sluka, Braiden Strouf, Cassidy Thavanet, Kaden Van Winkle, Samuel Wagner and John Wehrman.   The degree requirements include active participation in Chapter events, knowledge of parliamentary procedure, basic FFA knowledge and plans for a Supervised Agriculture Experience (S.A.E.) Program.  The group received a bronze pin and their “FFA Member Lives Here” sign.


Eight Tri County members were awarded the Chapter Degree by the officers.  These recipients demonstrated parliamentary procedure abilities, had an established S.A.E., performed at least ten community service hours, and presented a group discussion presentation.  Receiving their silver pins were Carter Siems, Carter Holtmeier, Taylor Koch, Breona Meyer, Taryn Van Eperen, Kendra Caudill, Trevor Johnson and Karli Scherling.



Six Chapter Officers went Christmas shopping November 30th to purchase gifts for a family in need.  The Tri County FFA makes this an annual activity during the holiday season.  The Chapter wishes everyone a great Holiday Season and a Safe New Year!



Tri County FFA member Savannah Gerlach was selected for the 2020-21 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council recently.  Twenty-one University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will help lead the 50th year of promoting Nebraska agriculture.  One of the big responsibilities for the group is to host the Nebr. Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI) this summer in Lincoln.  FFA juniors and seniors need to put this quality event on their list.