Richland FFA chapter very busy in 2016

Richland FFA

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The Richland High School FFA Cahpter has been very active during this school year.

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RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL FFA

The Richland FFA Chapter has been very busy in 2016. We have been to many events and had a lot of fun. We have added several new members and been busy in the classroom and with our SAE’s. Let’s look at our busy and productive year one step at a time.
 
Our FFA chapter has greatly expanded its classroom learning. Our Animal Science class has had the privilege of farrowing two gilts and raising piglets. Our FFA chapter purchased two high quality bred show gilts from Shipley Swine Genetics. These two gilts farrowed right before Christmas break. Although they farrowed during the night, students were able to view the process on their phones thanks to cameras on top of the farrowing crates that can be remotely viewed. The two sows had a combined 23 piglets that are of show quality which will be shown at local fairs by our FFA members who wish to purchase them. This gives students access to high quality pigs at extremely affordable prices. It has been a great learning experience for our Chapter members who have had their views of agriculture broadened. This experience has taught us skills such as animal husbandry which is vital in livestock production and management. The Ag. Construction Class is currently restoring a 1951 Farmall Super-C that was donated by Lloyd Ziegenbein. The frame, as well as all other components, have been sandblasted by Owen’s Sandblasting. All parts are being sanded again by hand to ensure that the finished product is second to none. Our goal is to have it completed and entered in the Missouri State Fair for the 2017 competition.
As part of a student’s SAE entails accurate record keeping not only of sales and expenses, but also animals and other agriculture products. Students can receive awards for doing well in their SAE. These awards are known as proficiency awards. For a member to receive the award students must fill out an extensive application as well as send a copy of their record books.
 
We had three students apply for proficiency awards. Jacob Blank- Outdoor Recreation 1st place, Mikenna Ely- Food Services 2nd place, and Matthew Black- Grass and Turf Management 2nd place.
 
FFA has in its motto, “Living to Serve” Richland has been very busy in this field over the past year. During the summer months Richland helped set up and clean up the Tri-County Fair. We had several students show at the fair as well. We helped in the Richland Back to School Fair.
We were also involved in setting up Christmas lights for the City of Lights. Our “Tasty and Heavy, Let’s fill the Chevy” food drive easily filled the bed of our Ag teacher, Mr. Kardosz’s, Chevy pickup. We also hosted two blood drives with the Community Blood Drive of the Ozarks, as well as many other events that are too numerous to mention.
 
Contest teams are a way to showcase and prove the skills a member, or members, has learned in the classroom and in their SAE.
 
We had several teams and individuals advance not only to the district contest, but on to the State competition. Our State qualifying teams were: Soils, Farm Management, Livestock, with Jacob Blank placing 10th individually, and two public speakers: Jacob Blank in Advanced and Matthew Black in Division II.
 
Qualifying teams also got to attend State Convention held in Columbia every spring. While there members converged all over the state to compete, socialize, and grow our leadership skills through workshops and speakers.
 
We also took nine members to National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. While there we attended the Indianapolis 500, a Cole Swindell and Chris Young concert, toured Hunter’s Bee Farm, Fair Oaks Dairy Farm, Purina Feed’s research farm, and Busch Stadium. Students that attended had a great learning experience from our tour at Fair Oaks and Purina. We also attended several sessions and were inspired, humbled, and energized from speakers such as Diana Nyad. Students had a fantastic time and are excited and ready for next year’s convention.
 
As you can see, the past year has been productive in the classroom, at home, and in the community.
 
We hope we will continue to grow in many areas. Our chapter is anxious and ready to see what the following year has in store for us. From contest teams to in the classroom we will continue Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.
 

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