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JUNE "ADVISOR" News Letter 2022


JUNE 2022 


  •  Mr. Barnard conducted another YQCA training at the Gage Co. Extension office on June 13th for 15 area livestock show persons.

  • Congratulations to new Tri County Ag Education Instructor Mrs. Sarah Hebda for being named the Nebraska Agriculture Education Association (NAEA) “Turn the Key” recipient.  The NAEA is the state Ag Teachers professional organization.  The award was announced June 8th at the annual state NAEA Awards Banquet.  “Turn the Key” is for young professionals in their 2-5th year of teaching and recognizes innovative education methods.

  • The Jefferson and Gage County Fairs will conduct an Ag Quiz Bowl competition for four person youth teams this summer.  Check with the Extension Services for times and dates.  Youth do not have to be in 4-H or FFA.  Students do not have to be from the same school.  Register in advance at the fair office.

  • FFA June Officers meeting will be held on the 23rd at Carter Holtmeier’s house.  Contact Carter for details as to time and what to bring.

  • The Nebraska FFA Foundation offers individual student SAE grants.  The application is due June 30th each year.  Attached is the website for more details.  This needs to be completed with the help of an Advisor.  Tri County students Trevor Johnson and Hannah Taylor have received the funds in the last two years.  Again, you can not win if you do not apply!!  https://neffafoundation.org/what_we_do/advisors/

  • HELP!!  The Tri County FFA has been asked by the Gage County Fair to assist in moving picnic tables for the Farmers/Merchant Supper.  Plan to help  on Sunday, July 24th at 6:00 pm.  We helped with this last year and working together was a lot of fun.  Wear appropriate footwear!  Meet at the Riverside Park picnic shelter at 6:00 pm or if you need a ride contact the Advisor!  Mr Brett Esau is providing the trailer.

  • DeWitt Days is coming up.  Several community service opportunities are happening including the Little Tuggers tractor pull and serving at the evening chicken supper.  Contact President Carter Holtmeier for details.  The FFA is also having a parade float and all are welcome.  Check the social media!

  • Check the current issue of Midwest Messenger!!



Plan ahead and ask your parents to help also!

FFA - 9/9/22   Football vs. Wood River       7:00                    V

FFA Alumni- 9/22/22 Volleyball vs. Diller-Odell   3:00       JH, JV, V

FFA - 12-29-22  Basketball vs. Diller-Odell   also FFA Alumni Pancake Supper    4:00    JV, V

FFA - 1/31/23    Basketball vs. TBA      Conference Tournament     V



There are three components of a complete Ag Education Program.  They are Classroom/Lab Instruction, the FFA and lastly an S.A.E.  The Supervised Ag Experience is what most of the program degrees, scholarships and recognition is based on.  This area provides student pride, a potential income source and experiences to be used in the student’s adult life.  All S.A.E. 's require documentation and AET record keeping.  Most S.A.E. 's occur outside of school hours however School Based programs are becoming more popular.  An example of this is using the Tri County table plasma cutter unit to produce and sell metal items.


There are currently four types of S.A.E.’s: Foundation, Research, Placement and Entrepreneurship.  

  1. Foundation S.A.E’s include a time investment in career shadowing or career fairs or reporting.  Examples of this would be attending Husker Harvest Days and reporting, attending the Nebr. Cattleman’s Classic or maybe shadowing a veterinarian.  Working with the Ag Education Dept. new center pivot project could fall into this category.

  2. Research S.A.E.’s would be identifying a problem or situation in agriculture, creating a scientific plan and hypothesis and conducting a test.  There is a growing Ag Science program to recognize students in this area.

  3. Placement S.A.E. 's occur when a student works for an individual or business and is compensated for their work.  An example would be working for a local farmer, detasseling and being employed at the C-Store.

  4. Entrepreneurship S.A.E.’s is when a student owns their own business.  The most common is crops and livestock.  Another example would be owning and managing your own lawn care business.



The Gage County Fair Livestock Judging Contest is Saturday, July 30th at the Fairgrounds in Beatrice.  The Competition starts at 1:00 pm so register prior to this.  Bring a pencil.  Mr. Barnard has more details.  Jefferson County Fair also has a judging contest.. Check fair office.



Blue Jackets. Bright Futures.

 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?


As I prepare my last “Advisor” newsletter I do so with many emotions but the most important feeling is one of appreciation.  Thank you Administration and Staff for the help in moving the program forward these last five years.  Thank you FFA Alumni for being a sounding board, a support group and friends I could share with.  Thank you Parents of my students for allowing me to be a part of your children’s young lives.  BUT mostly thank you Tri County Ag Education students past, present and future for making the wonderful memories I will cherish.  


It is not like I am moving away from the area but the time is now for me to look forward to another chapter of my life.  I will be watching and supporting.  I am so thankful for Tri County to have secured a very knowledgeable and caring professional to serve as the eleventh Ag Education Instructor in our school’s history.  Mrs. Hebda will take you as far as your desire and interest want to pursue.  She knows the Tri County tradition and expectations.  Students, do not settle for anything but your best!  



Mr. Barnard


The Tri County FFA Milk Quality and Dairy Products team won the State Career Development Contest on June 14th.  The competition was held at Kearney High School.  The team consisted of Alex Paxton, Macoy Wollenburg, Rylee McCune, Harley Dike and Ethan Jobman.  The students were awarded a team plaque and first place team medals.   Harley led the team with a purple ribbon and first place medal to pace Tri County.  Paxton was the state runner-up individual and received a medal and purple ribbon.  Rylee brought home the third place individual medal as Tri County swept the top three places.    Wollenburg earned a blue ribbon and Jobman brought home a white ribbon.


Bertrand-Loomis FFA was the state runner-up and Kearney FFA placed third as a team.  Area FFA Chapter Lewiston earned 5th place.  The students identified cheese samples, took an exam on milk marketing and production, identified milk off-flavor and defect samples and evaluated milk and non-milk products. Tri County earned the right to represent Nebraska at the National FFA Convention in October in Indianapolis, IN.  Culvers is the national contest sponsor.