Capital Press | FFA Capital Press Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:27:16 -0400 en Capital Press | FFA FFA students hone skills in science competition Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:17:02 -0400 Tim Hearden FRESNO, Calif. — For Kaitlyn McFarland, the agriscience fair at the annual California FFA conference didn’t really feel like a competition.

“You’re more developing skills related to the scientific process and properly writing a research paper,” said McFarland, an Exeter, Calif., student whose project was to test organic antiseptics on livestock bacteria.

Her classmates, Mia McCormick and Kaylee Raubaugh, studied pH measurement in egg wash for small farms. McCormick said her effort will be useful on her family’s farm.

“We want to make sure we’re washing the eggs safely,” she said.

But while the students were just trying to hone their skills, they proved adept at competing, too. They and their teammates from Exeter FFA took the top cooperative award as well as several individual honors.

More than 100 students enter projects in the science contests each year, competing at several skill levels in categories for animal science, environmental sciences, food products and processing systems, plant systems, power, structural and technical systems, and social systems.

The students presented their work to panels of judges and answered questions. Entries were judged on April 23, and other attendees were allowed to browse through the rows of project displays on April 24 before several dozen plaques and ribbons were handed out later that afternoon.

FFA member Preslie Hewitt, a sophomore from East Nicolaus, Calif., looked through the displays and jotted down notes to report to her adviser what she’s learned.

“It’s hard work I’ll bet,” Hewitt said of the projects. “It’s very cool to see what the other chapters and schools have to offer.”

Topics covered in the displays read like scholarly journal articles. Among the entries, students tested the effect of solar panel cellular waste on plant growth, compared erosion control methods, measured residual saline from drip irrigation systems and studied the British thermal units generated from eucalyptus burning.

Past projects by students have included how well different feed additives worked on hogs and genetic research on different varieties of animals, said Josiah Mayfield, the assistant state FFA adviser.

“We’re fairly competitive at the national level,” Mayfield said. “All of these state winners have a chance to submit (their projects) for the national competition.”

As science and technology are seen as key fields in guiding the future of agriculture, many chapters encourage their members to do projects, Mayfield said.

“It’s definitely an area that we have teachers who focus on, and they’re pretty competitive in it,” he said.

FFA members engage youngsters to boost ag literacy Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:17:49 -0400 Carol Ryan Dumas TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Photosynthesis, pollination, seed dispersal — might seem like pretty heady topics for kindergarten and first-grade students, but it’s never too early to start learning about the workings and importance of agriculture.

In fact, the earlier the better, according to Idaho FFA members involved in an ag literacy event at Boys and Girls Club on Friday.

The Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference was winding its way to Saturday’s climax when hundreds of FFA members swapped their formal attire for blue T-shirts and jeans and spread out across Twin Falls for some 30 service events to thank the community for hosting the conference.

A few chapters chose to educate children on agronomy, forestry, livestock production and career opportunities in agriculture, and Boys and Girls Club was a perfect, if noisy, venue.

Ag literacy and knowing where food comes from is really important, said Shawna Siver, an FFA member from Bonners Ferry.

There’s only so much space in the world to grow food, and people need to know it’s important to develop and manage that, she said.

Having knowledge about agriculture and where their food comes from will hopefully foster support for agriculture, said fellow chapter member Mary Fioravanti.

“Maybe one day when their older, they’ll want to be a part of that, too,” said Bailey Myers.

But they don’t necessarily have to be a farmer to support agriculture and future food production, said Brittany Spangler.

“I think it’s really important to do these fun activities to spark an interest so they remember it,” she said.

Teaching the future generation so youngsters have a general understanding that ag is an aspect of every part of their life is critical to keeping ag viable, she said.

The Bonners Ferry members gave about 90 youngsters an agronomy lesson — compliments of Dr. Seuss Books and the Cat in the Hat — explaining everything involved in growing food from seed, answering questions and helping the children plant seeds in cups bound for their own windowsills or gardens.

In another room, FFA members from Salmon were helping youngsters construct eggs from Play-Doh, explaining each part of the egg and its function and how eggs are produced.

Katie Cooper, ag education instructor and Salmon FFA adviser, said hands-on activities are a good learning tool for young students and eggs are a food they’re familiar with.

Ag literacy events are meant to help youngsters understand where their food comes from to help urban communities understand why it’s important to support agriculture, she said.

Ag literacy programs help expose children to agriculture and FFA, and it’s really fun to teach kids about both, said Hunter Davis of Highland-Craigmont FFA.

As long as they’re having fun and learning a little, the event is hitting the mark, he said.

Boys and Girls Club Program Director Garren Moreno welcomed FFA and the ag literacy event, saying the Club embraces educational partnerships.

Boys and Girls Club is not just a place for children to hang out and it’s definitely not a babysitting service. It’s a youth-development and mentoring program providing a safe place for youngsters to learn and grow, he said.

Kuna FFA chapter does well at state leadership conference Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:48:25 -0400 Savannah StroebelKuna, Idaho, FFA Reporter This year at the annual Idaho FFA State Leadership Conference held at the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, the Kuna FFA Chapter climbed to mountains of success.

It is a great honor to be recognized at the state level for achievements and hard work. This year, senior member Taylor Stephenson was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 Idaho FFA State Reporter. Only 6 students in the entire state are selected to serve the 4,500 FFA members of the state of Idaho. In addition to Taylor’s great success, 61 Kuna students proudly represented the Kuna FFA Chapter through competitions, interviews, awards and scholarships.

Leadership and Career Development Events are competitions that teach students to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market. These contests focus on demonstrating their abilities in public speaking, decision making and knowledge of agriculture.

• Danny Schiffer: 10th High Individual in the Dairy Cattle Judging Invitational.

• 4th Place Floriculture team consisting of Hailey King, Wyatt Bell, Ty Noble and Jeni Ball.

• 1st place Conduct of Meetings Team consisting of Abby Johnson, Olivia Border, Taylor Dixon, Carter Moore, Katelyn Whittaker, Faith Vander Woude and Emily Blattner. They will go on to represent Idaho at the National Contest this fall in Indianapolis.

• 1st place Parliamentary Procedure Team consisting of Savannah Stroebel, Shyla Flavel, Katie Hettinga, Emberly Stroebel, Jeni Ball and Mason Roberts. Each team member received a $500 scholarship to attend the University of Idaho. They will go on to compete at the national level this fall in Indianapolis.

• Top 5 Parliamentarian Exam Brady Robinson and Ethan Weaver.

• 1st place Chapter Scrapbook CDE made by Jeni Ball and Luci Ashley.

• 2nd place Farm Business Management team consisting of Samuel Simper who placed first high individual, Ashton Christensen who placed 8th high individual, Ethan Weaver and Nick Brodin.

• 5th place Horse Judging Team consisting of Kailey Ludwig placing 10th high individual, Grace Wigger placing 5th high individual, Page Kretzschmar and Kayla Olson.

• 11th place Landscape/Nursery team consisting of Danny Schiffer, Hannah Berger and Makenzie Corona.

• 2nd place Agriscience Fair Project by Brady Robinson and Grace Berheim.

• Gold Ranking and 5th place National Chapter Award by JoAn Arnold and Savannah Stroebel.

• Ross Blattner won 4th place in the Prepared Speaking Contest.

• Katie Hettinga won 3rd place in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

• Emily Blattner won 6th place in the Creed Speaking Contest.

• Idaho FFA State Star Farmer went to Ross Blattner.

Proficiency Awards honor members who, through their SAEs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply towards future careers.

•Ross Blattner won 1st place in Sheep Production Proficiency.

•Ty Noble won 1st place in Forage Crop Production Proficiency.

• Wyatt Bell won 1st place in the Ag Mechanics Proficiency.

•Ethan Weaver won 2nd place in the Small Animal Proficiency.

The State Degree Award is the highest award a member may apply for given by the state of Idaho. This year there were 254 out of 4,500 FFA members who received their State Degree, 12 of them were from the Kuna FFA Chapter. These students took a FFA knowledge test, parliamentary procedure test, and were interviewed based on their SAE projects.

• Luci Ashley.

• Jeni Ball.

• Ross Blattner.

• Nick Brodin.

• Jacob Fisher.

• Madeleine Fleming.

• Tahya Hughes.

• Naomi Kallmeyer.

• Talya Kessinger.

• Kailey Ludwig.

• Savannah Stroebel.

• Grace Wigger.

Scholarships by the Idaho FFA Foundation are a high honor to receive. All of the selected winners sent in applications and were judged on their SAE projects, character, grades and leadership abilities. The following students were selected to win scholarships:

• Savannah Stroebel: Sara Braasch Schmidt Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship.

• Ross Blattner: Idaho Grower Shipper Association Scholarship.

• Mason Roberts: Betaseed Scholarship and University of Idaho Kindschy-Lawrence Scholarship.

• Shyla Flavel: Idaho FFA Foundation Tractor Raffle Scholarship.

• Annie Bass: University of Idaho John & Marty Mundt Agricultural Education Scholarship.

Idaho FFA officers ready to meet new challenges Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:05:35 -0400 Carol Ryan Dumas TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Idaho’s new state FFA officers aren’t exactly sure what’s in store in the coming year, but they’re excited about the proposition of serving the organization.

On Saturday — newly elected and all smiles after a week of State Leadership Conference frenzy — they first wanted to eat, sleep and share their excitement with family and friends.

Lindsey Stowell, 17, from Vallivue, said becoming state president “feels amazing.”

“I’m super excited and extremely humbled they (members) gave me the opportunity to serve,” she said. FFA is an ag-based youth-leadership organization that gives members an opportunity to serve their community and helps them prepare for the future. While the leadership aspect is important, it’s also important to remember FFA’s roots run deep in agriculture, she said.

“As a team, I hope we reach out to as many chapters as possible and branch out from ag classes and visit more core classes,” she said.

She plans to study dairy science and nutrition at the University of Idaho and eventually run her own dairy.

“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster,” said Austen Thomason of Weiser, 18, the new state treasurer.

The interview process was long but a great experience. The candidates were the best of the best, and any one of them could have been chosen, he said.

“I’m really grateful. It really hasn’t set in fully yet, but it was an amazing experience and it’s going to be a great year with a great team. I’m really looking forward to what it has in store for us,” he said.

His main mission is to make sure FFA members and guests feel welcome — and to move the organization forward, he said.

He plans to major in agribusiness and minor in political science at the University of Idaho.

State Secretary Sydney Anderson, 17, of Nampa said being a state officer is surreal. She was feeling a rush of emotions and not sure just yet what to expect next.

Her mission, however, is to use her experience to help members rise to their potential, to shoot for more than they think they can achieve and be successful, she said.

She plans to study equine science or agribusiness at the College of Southern Idaho.

State Reporter Taylor Stephenson, 17, of Kuna said she was a little in shock but being with the other new officers was bringing reality closer.

“I just gained a whole new family, so it’s starting to sink it,” she said.

The officers’ mission will be pushing members to think outside the box, past what they think are their limits to find themselves along the way, she said.

“I’m excited to serve Idaho FFA; it’s going to be awesome,” she said.

She plans to pursue animal and veterinary science at the University of Idaho.

State Sentinel Peter Towne, 18, from Kendrick said he was wiped out Saturday morning but the adrenalin kicked in with the new officer announcement. The interview process was mayhem but fun at the same time, he said.

“It’s been crazy, it’s been life-changing,” he said.

While he was still somewhat in disbelief, he said his goal will be to make sure everyone knows there’s a place to go and opportunity to grow in FFA and agriculture, he said.

He plans to pursue ag education at the University of Idaho.

“It’s the best way for me to be involved in FFA the rest of my life. FFA is a family; I just want to be involved with my FFA family forever,” he said.

State Vice President Randy Clements, 16, of Clark County said the election process was interesting with unexpected aspects. He became good friends with all the candidates and it was hard to see most get cut in the process, he said.

His goal is to interact with members and help them grow, as well as raising interest in ag education and FFA, he said.

He plans to major in ag education at the University of Idaho.

“I want to be able to help students get involved in the organization I love and also be able to teach students about the industry I love,” he said.

All of the new officers will graduate from high school in May — including Clements, who will graduate a year early.

Meridian FFA welcomes spring and lots of CDEs Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:58:08 -0400 Loretta Lacy2016-2017 Meridian Chapter Reporter Spring is always the busiest time of year, especially for members of the Meridian, Idaho, FFA chapter. Members spend the warm spring days studying for upcoming Career Development Events (CDEs) and preparing for the Idaho State Leadership Conference, held at the beginning of April. During the past few months, many Boise Valley District CDEs were held.

On Feb. 8, at Meridian High School, six Meridian FFA members ran for their State Degrees. The State Degree is very prestigious; 3 percent of Idaho State FFA members receive theirs. FFA members must have substantial record books, be highly active in the chapter, and have at least one strong supervised agricultural experience (SAE) to be eligible to receive this degree. This is the highest degree a member can receive in high school. Members are excused from school for one day to take FFA and Parliamentary Procedure knowledge tests, and undergo a record book examination and interview. Members who pass the process are awarded their new pin and participate in a ceremony at the Idaho State Leadership Conference. Meridian FFA members who received their State Degrees this year are as follows:

• Joe Wieting (MHS)

• Lauren Barker (EHS)

• Mollie Hiscox (MVHS)

• Kaitlin Muniz (MVHS)

• Ellie Higgins (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (MHS)

“Going through State Degree sifting was nerve wracking, but incredibly worth it,” said Ellie Higgins. “Studying for both the Parliamentary Procedure and the FFA Knowledge tests have benefited me with a greater knowledge of this organization, and completing the interview process gave me a sense of fulfillment. Receiving my degree was just the icing on the top!”

Also on Feb. 8, Boise Valley District (BVD) Prepared Public Speaking, Creed Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking CDEs were held at Meridian High School. Meridian had one member compete in each event. Members that place 1st in these events will then go on to compete at the state level in April. The members that participated in these speaking events are as follows:

• Kyle Schmit (3rd place Prepared Public Speaking) (RMHS)

• Olivia Sells (Creed Speaking) (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking) (MHS)

On Wednesday, March 1, the BVD Agricultural Sales and Floriculture CDEs were held at Kuna High School. Agricultural Sales is a CDE team made up of four members that each participate in a different event. One member participates in customer service, one participates in prospecting and the other two members participate in prepared sales, but do not compete against each other. In the customer service event, the member is given a situation in which they must handle a disgruntled customer in the best way possible.

In prospecting, the members are allowed 20 minutes to understand their product and then sell that product to a judge. In prepared sales, members create a booth for a product of their choice and after long weeks of practicing, they then showcase their product and try to make a sale with the judges. This year, Meridian FFA placed 2nd in the district. The following Meridian FFA members that participated in this CDE are as follows:

• Cassidey Plum (2nd in Prepared Sales) (MHS)

• Kyle Schmit (2nd in Prospecting) (RMHS)

• Sydney Plum (4th in Customer Service) (MHS)

• Loretta Lacy (1st in Prepared Sales) (CHS)

“Agricultural Sales is a great CDE for members who are looking to get out of their comfort zone,” said Kyle Schmit. “It teaches you to be confident and persuasive when talking to people.”

Floriculture is a CDE that consists of four team members. This CDE tests members over their knowledge of basic math, floral arrangements and bouquets, and flower types and tools. This year Meridian placed 5th at districts, and because it was not a state qualifying competition, Meridian will be competing at the state level in April. The members who participated are as follows:

• Jordan Bettencourt (EHS)

• Kayla Schubert (EHS)

• Lauren Barker (EHS)

• Caitlin Martin (EHS)

“I really like floral because, well, I’m obsessed with plants,” said Lauren Barker. “Also, it’s really fun because there are a lot of different aspects. It’s really fun to create an arrangement and see how pretty it turns out, and then you go and make a rock garden next which is totally different. I really enjoy making corsages because we can make them for ourselves for prom and I got to sell some for Sweethearts this year!”

On March 15, both Novice Parliamentary Procedure and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure were held at Middleton High School. Both of the Meridian teams placed 2nd at the Boise Valley District contest. In this CDE, a team consists of a chairman, a secretary, and four members demonstrating a meeting situation using Parliamentary Procedure rules. The members who participated in Advanced Parliamentary Procedure are as follows:

• Kaitlyn Steppe (High Secretary) (MHS)

• Ashton Shaul (2nd High Chairman) (MHS)

• Cassidey Plum (MHS)

• Sydney Plum (MHS)

• Trinity Martin (MHS)

• Logan Deim (MHS)

“It’s one of the hardest, but definitely the most fun CDE,” said Kaitlyn Steppe. “It gives you the opportunity to learn how formal meetings run. Parliamentary Procedure is extremely beneficial and this CDE will help you in many aspects of your life. I highly encourage all members to participate.”

The members that participated in Novice Parliamentary Procedure are as follows:

• Rose Frazee (MVHS)

• Miranda Trent (MVHS)

• Michael Varin (MVHS)

• Madison Belanger (MVHS)

• Sarah Miraya (MVHS)

• Jonathan Muniz (MVHS)

• Courtney Marshall (EHS)

Also on March 15, the Nursery/Landscape CDE was held at Middleton High School. This CDE has members identify plants, tools and diseases in plants, present proper techniques of transplanting, propagating, measuring and pruning plants, and participate in a math and a general knowledge test. This year Meridian placed 3rd at the district contest. This was not a state qualifying contest, so Meridian will be participating in the state contest at the Idaho State Conference in April.

• Mollie Hiscox (5th place individual) (MVHS)

• Kaitlin Muniz (MVHS)

• Cameron King (MVHS)

• Hailey Buffham (MVHS)

“I enjoy Nursery/Landscape because it’s a challenging CDE that also is very hands-on,” said Mollie Hiscox. “I would recommend this CDE to anyone who enjoys their horticulture class or just wants to learn something new and useful.”

Boise Valley District officer sifting was also held on this date. Members from chapters all over the district are encouraged to apply and run for office. To run for a district office, you must complete an application, undergo an interview, and take a FFA knowledge test. This year two of Meridian’s members ran for and received a district office: Cameron King of MVHS (BVD Sentinel) and Ashton Shaul of MHS (BVD Treasurer). Congratulations to both of these members for their hard work and passion for this organization!

“It was a great learning experience and from the sifting alone I became a better leader,” said Ashton Shaul. “I am very excited about the upcoming year with my new officer team, and look forward to meeting with all of the chapters in the district. I know that I speak for the BVD officer team when I say that we are hoping to have a huge positive influence on the members of the Boise Valley District.”

Meridian FFA would like to thank the Kuna FFA, Middleton FFA, and Meridian FFA Advisors for hosting these district CDEs this year. Meridian FFA would also like to thank all judges that determined results of these CDEs over the past months. Thank you to Dr. John Mundt, Ms. Jessie Kellogg and Mrs. Samantha Parrott for judging the speaking CDEs. Meridian FFA would like to thank Mrs. Amy Nichols and Mr. Dave Daniel for judging Parliamentary Procedure, Ms. Kaylene Hoyt for judging Ag Sales, and Mr. Mike Martin and Mrs. Erica Cowman for judging Novice Parliamentary Procedure.

Sutherlin FFA posts unprecedented success at state convention Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:54:15 -0400 Tristan VincentSurlin, Ore., FFA Reporter Thousands of FFA members from across the state traveled to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Ore., for the March 24-27 weekend to the 89th Oregon FFA State Convention with purpose.

Sutherlin FFA students took 4 of the 11 state leadership-based Career Development Events held at the convention. Lee Wesenberg also became the third consecutive individual from Sutherlin FFA to be elected to an FFA state office.

Sutherlin FFA placed first and qualified for nationals in the Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, and the Beginning and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure competitions. These four very competitive events receive much participation from the 100-plus state chartered FFA chapters.  

For a single chapter to win all four is unprecedented; retired ag teacher John Dimick, who has over 40 years in ag education including several national livestock judging titles with the Crater FFA chapter of Central Point, posted on Facebook in response to the news.

“In all my years I’ve never heard of a chapter accomplishing so much. Everyone that played a role in this deserves to be very proud,” he wrote.

This also brought the total number of state-winning teams from Sutherlin for the year to six, and 18 individuals have qualified for national events this fall in Indianapolis.

To achieve this success, students have put in many hours of practice out of class and made these events a priority in their schedule. Led by their FFA Advisor, Wes Crawford, students had the direction and guidance needed to establish themselves as a threat in all events they competed in.

At the state convention, students have the opportunity to engage in workshops, travel and experience a new part of the state, compete in Career Development Events, compete with their Supervised Agricultural Experiences in proficiency areas, receive their state degrees, run for district and state offices and meet new friends and members.

Having experiences like state convention shows members just how large the great organization is and gives a sense of community seeing individuals from across the state in the same official dress and the signature blue corduroy jacket.  

Esten Harington, Sutherlin FFA member and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure participant, says, “State convention was a huge success. Both parliamentary procedure teams ranked first in state, which was a first for Sutherlin (and first by any chapter in a decade). I admire everyone who put in the hard work to make this a reality.”

Bryson Price, a Sutherlin FFA graduate, retired from his position of Oregon FFA State Sentinel at the conclusion of the convention. He spent the past year traveling all over Oregon, presenting to nearly 10,000 students in leadership development, advocating for FFA and agricultural education, as well as traveling the nation and to South Africa representing Oregon FFA.

Lee Wesenberg was elected Oregon FFA State Reporter for 2017-2018, and will take the same journey over the next year. It is the third year in a row Sutherlin FFA has had one of the six state officers, and the fifth in seven years.

Other FFA members from Douglas County also found success, with Brooke Hopfer of Days Creek FFA winning the state Co-op Quiz, a competition based on knowledge of agricultural cooperatives. Fellow Days Creek FFA member Sarah Michaels claimed the State Star Farmer Award for her work on developing her own agricultural entrepreneurship projects. Members from Elkton, Oakland, Glide, Roseburg, South Umpqua and Glendale all attended, participating in leadership development and service activities.

Full CDE Results:

STATE EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING - Mackenzie Price, Sutherlin - 1st Place

STATE PREPARED PUBLIC SPEAKING - Lee Wesenberg, Sutherlin - 1st Place

STATE BEG PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE - Sutherlin (Regan Leatherwood, Nolan Carson, Grace Matteo, Hailey Boehm, Sydnee Tilley, Zach Lor) - 1st Place

STATE ADV PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE - Sutherlin (Cassidy Leatherwood, Lee Wesenberg, Mackenzie Price, Esten Harrington, Madelyn Higgins-Porterfield, Tristan Vincent) - 1st Place

STATE CREED SPEAKING - Regan Leatherwood, Sutherlin - Top 8 Finalist

STATE AG MARKETING - Oakland FFA, participant

Ag Processing Proficiency Award - Mackenzie Price, Sutherlin - State Winner

National Chapter Award - Sutherlin FFA, Gold Ranking

Umpqua FFA District Officer Team Election Results - 2017-2018:

President - Emily Nix, Oakland

Vice President - Mackenzie Price, Sutherlin

Secretary - Hannah Maxwell, Elkton

Treasurer - Taylor Moser, Sutherlin

Reporter - Mackenzie Ankey, South Umpqua

Sentinel - Kylee Crossland, Oakland

Being tapped state president a dream come true for Baker City FFA member Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:36:06 -0400 Marina Riker REDMOND, Ore. — When 18-year-old Kourtney Lehman made the nearly five-hour trek from Baker City to Redmond for the 89th Oregon State FFA convention last week, she never imagined she would return as the organization’s state president.

“You always dream to get to this point, but it’s hard,” said Lehman. “It definitely feels like I’m in a different world right now.”

Lehman, a senior at Baker High School, was named president of the 2017-18 Oregon State FFA officer team on Monday, the final day of the convention held at Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center over the weekend of March 24-27. More than 2,000 FFA members and hundreds of other attendees, judges and sponsors flocked to the event — along with a few horses, ducks and sheep.

During the weekend, thousands of students decked out in blue-and-gold corduroy participated in events ranging from debates on hot-button agricultural topics to marketing contests. Depending on how they fared, they were hand-picked by judges to lead the organization for the next year.

“My biggest goal is just serving the members,” said Lehman. “They’re all so passionate about making a difference in their communities.”

Just minutes after Lehman was named president, her social media accounts exploded with congratulatory messages and blue-and-gold heart symbols. Even though she won the state job interview contest and placed third place in a public speaking competition earlier in the weekend, she was shocked to learn she’d been named the state’s FFA leader.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Lehman, whose father, brother and sister were also FFA members.

Over the next year, officers such as Lehman will be responsible for holding events including educational workshops and leadership camps, as well as governing thousands of members statewide.

Emma Rooker of the Bend FFA Chapter was selected as state vice president, while Wade Rynearson of the Union FFA Chapter was named treasurer.

Lee Wesenberg of the Sutherlin FFA Chapter was chosen as state reporter and Gaby Santa Cruz of Hood River Valley High School is sentinel.

After three long days of interviews with judges, Jensen Kemble of Ontario High School was picked for state secretary. Kemble, 17, said he was overwhelmed by the “whirlwind” that came before the announcement of the new officers — especially on Monday morning, when the judges’ votes were tallied.

“The process leading up to the announcement is very intense,” said Kemble. “It takes several minutes to calculate the votes and the entire time you just grab onto the other candidates for support and hope for the best.”

The convention’s theme was “Don’t Back Down,” a concept that was weaved into many of the weekend’s events ranging from debate challenges to marketing competitions.

On Sunday, Sevana Patrick, a senior from the Hermiston FFA Chapter, spent the entire morning preparing materials for the convention’s marketing competition finals.

The 18-year-old said her favorite part of participating in the organization is learning leadership skills and being supported by peers. After high school, she plans to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where she wants to further hone her skills as a leader and team member.

“It’s about being accepted and having that family, and having something that’s greater than yourself,” said Patrick, whose team placed third in the marketing competition.

The weekend was 18-year-old Sebastian Powers-Leach’s second time attending the FFA convention. The North Marion High School senior raises market sheep and wants to work in agriculture, but his favorite part of the FFA is competing in debate contests.

Powers-Leach and his peers were tasked with researching and debating agricultural issues that ranged from whether to label genetically modified foods to the perks of state farm-to-school food programs. Last year, the students debated immigration issues — a heated topic — in addition to less controversial ones such as whether to hold the convention at a single location each year, Powers-Leach said.

“A lot of it is opinion-based to an extent,” said Powers-Leach. “But there are others where you really need the facts to back it up with research.”

Chelan FFA hosts District VII leadership development event Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:15:21 -0400 March 22 marked the 37th year in a row that the Chelan, Wash., FFA and Chelan High School played host to the District VII Leadership Development Event.

At stake were the four berths in the Washington State Leadership Development Events to be held at the Washington State FFA Convention May 11-13 in Pullman.

FFA Members from all over North Central Washington converged on CHS to compete in Creed Speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Conduct of Meetings and Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Events.

Chelan had three speakers in the Creed LDE and one in the Prepared Public Speaking LDE. The Creed LDE involves reciting the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and then answering a series of three questions. The 10 freshman members who competed shook off the nerves and did a great job of representing their chapters. When it was all said and done, Ella Tshetter of Chelan came away with a 2nd place banner and a spot in state level competition. Dee Lysiak also punched her ticket to state with a 3rd place finish. Ashlyn Sanderson placed 6th.

In the Prepared Public Speaking CDE members have to research and write a manuscript on an agriculture-related topic. The manuscript is scored for grammatical correctness, APA Style, organization and topic. They then deliver a six- to eight-minute speech to a panel of judges followed by five minutes of questions.

Ashley Oswald rose to the occasion and earned the first-place banner and a date with the State LDE on Thursday morning of State FFA Convention.

In the remainder of the spring, Chelan FFA members will compete in the Livestock CDE at Moses Lake Jr. Livestock Show, Asotin Co. Fair, St. John Community Fair, and the State CDE at the Spokane Jr. Livestock Show.

The Meats CDE team will compete at Moses Lake Jr. Livestock Show, Spokane Jr. Livestock Show and the State CDE.

Other CDE and LDE teams that will compete this spring are First Year LDE, Agriculture Issues Forum LDE, Employment Skills LDE, Farm Business Management CDE and Hall of Chapters.

The complete results of the District VII LDE are as follows

Conduct of Meeting:

• Tonasket H

• Cashmere K

• Tonasket C

• Cashmere B

• Cashmere C

• Cashmere G

Extemporaneous Public Speaking:

• Summer Schoening, Cashmere

• Bailey Covey, Omak

• Sydnee Mungeon, Cashmere

• Hunter Swanson, Tonasket

• Jessica Burkett, Tonasket

• Brenda Berglin, Cashmere

• Madison Schoening, Cashmere

• Seth Smith, Tonasket

Prepared Public Speaking:

• Ashley Oswald, Chelan

• Lauren Ellis, Tonasket

• Reilly Schoening, Cashmere

• Madison Schoening, Cashmere

• Dani Monroe, Cashmere

• Ally Mershon, Tonasket

• Zach Clark, Tonasket

• Chandra Shipley, Omak

Creed Speaking:

• Hayley Gilman, Eastmont

• Ella Tschetter, Chelan

• Dee Lysiak, Chelan

• Emman Alexander, Tonasket

• Regan Timm, Tonasket

• Ashlyn Sanderson, Chelan

• Annie Weber, Cashmere

• Cody Clark, Tonasket

• Kristina Torres, Tonasket

• Maritza Orozco, Cashmere

Parliamentary Procedure:

• Tonasket N

• Bridgeport A

• Tonasket M

• Bridgeport B

• Tonasket J

Chelan, Wash., FFA has greenhouse blooming for annual plant sale Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:12:06 -0400 A sure sign that spring has arrived is beautiful blooms and busy kids in the Chelan, Wash., Agriculture Education Department Greenhouse.

Even though the snow just left the valley floor and still remains on the protected ridges and draws up the sides of the Lake Chelan Valley the gorgeous colors popping out inside the Chelan High School greenhouse let us know that spring is here.

The bedding plants and vegetable starts will be available at the Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The bedding plants are starting through their first blooming cycle, and the peppers and herbs have been out of the ground for a couple of weeks.

The 10 varieties of both heirloom and hybrid tomatoes are planted and the other starts will get planted the week after spring break — all to be just right for the Annual Spring Plant Sale.

FFA members enrolled in the Agriscience and Biological Systems II course are responsible for planting, tending and selling this year’s greenhouse plant crop.

Sandy FFA chapter tunes up skit for state competition Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:20:48 -0400 Seven members of the Sandy, Ore., FFA chapter stopped by the Capital Press offices in Salem on Monday as they prepared to present their Ag Issues skit at the organization’s state convention this weekend.

The skit, called “The Conversation,” spotlighted on-farm food safety regulations, including GlobalGAP and the federal Food Safety Modernization Act, and offered opposing arguments between the international and national regulations and how they impact farmers.

“This issue of on-farm regulations was brought to our attention by a long-time area berry farmer,” said Becky Sintek, assistant to the Sandy FFA advisor.

Sophomore Kadi Atiyeh spoke on the issue last October and helped develop it into a skit, Sintek said.

In addition to Atiyeh, the following FFA members participated in the skit: Anna Persell, sophomore; Jennifer Kitchen, senior; Beulah Russell, senior; Kayley Anderson, senior; Fallon Marshall, sophomore; and Cailey Ellzey, junior.

The FFA chapter has also presented the skit to the Multnomah County Farm Bureau, Kiwanis Club, FFA alumni, Boring Grange and planned to present it to U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader’s staff.

Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:12:33 -0400 Matw Weaver “You need to find an organization and volunteer some of your time,” said Suess, a retired Colfax, Wash., wheat farmer, former chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates and a former member of the Washington Grain Commission.

Farmers represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, he said.

“Who’s going to tell those other 99 percent what we do in our industry, how we produce the safest, cheapest and most abundant supply of food in the world?” he asked. “It doesn’t matter what organization you join up with, there’s lots of good organizations out there. If you could do that, that would greatly help all of us out in our industry.”

Twenty wheat farmers went to Olympia this year to talk with legislators, Suess said.

“Can you imagine if we took 200 farmers over to Olympia, the impact we could have?” he said. “I know a lot of young farmers say, ‘My kids are involved in school and we don’t have the time to do all this,’ but I’ve been there, done that, and I never missed any of my kids’ stuff. There are just so few of us any more, somebody’s going to have to do this work.”

Suess retired in 2015 after 30 years of farming.

It was the first time Greater Spokane Inc. gave out the Legacy Award as part of the Excellence in Agriculture Award ceremony. Suess was honored for his “lifetime commitment” to educating the public about the Washington wheat industry and agriculture in general, said Dick Hatterman, chairman of the award committee.

Kara Kaelber, education director for Franklin Conservation District in Pasco, Wash., received the Individual Award for her work running Wheat Week, a weeklong agricultural educational program for fourth- and fifth-graders statewide. Wheat Week, now in its 10th year, involves 16 educators around the state.

The program reaches 20,000 students each year and explains why farmers and agriculture are important, Kaelber said.

“I guess it validates a program I’ve always thought was wonderful and the (Washington Grain Commission) has put their money behind,” she said of the award.

Luke Moore, of Colton, Wash., received the Agricultural Youth Award. Moore graduated last spring and is state sentinel for Washington FFA.

“This young man has and is involved in a long list of FFA and career development events,” Hatterman said.

Moore recently returned from South Africa as a member of the International Leadership Seminar for state officers, Hatterman said.

Moore said the award was a highlight of his school career, as an FFA member and advocate for agriculture.

He plans to become an agricultural education teacher, attending either Washington State University or Oklahoma State University.

His father teaches agricultural education in Colton and his mother teaches agricultural education in Pullman.

Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:09:19 -0400 On Jan. 14 members of the Crafty Critters 4-H Club competed at the 2017 State Skill-a-thon contest in Jerome Idaho.

Crafty Critters competed as the Ada County representative team. We had five teams, each containing three to four members each. Two senior teams, two junior teams and one was a mixed team, consisting of both junior and senior members.

Skill-a-thon is a competition that tests every aspect of livestock knowledge. From identifying animal breeds to judging the quality of feed as well as other sometimes more difficult events. The members who compete must learn these skills to further their own agricultural projects as well as their everyday lives.

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful faculty at the University of Idaho to host this competition, and every year make sure that our 4-H members have a fantastic time.

The members of the Ada County first senior team consisted of Caleb Twait, Kyleigh Davis, Annie Jansen Van-Beek and Brianna Flansburg who placed 1st overall and will move on to represent Idaho and compete in the National Skill-a-thon Competition.

Nationals are held in Louisville, Kentucky, this fall.

The second senior team, Will Jansen Van-Beek, Olivia Sells, Matthew Twait and McKenna Craig placed 2nd overall. With Will Jansen Van-Beek placing first overall individual, Annie Jansen Van-Beek placing second, Oliva Sells coming up in third and Kyleigh Davis taking fourth place overall individual. Caleb Twait was 5th overall individual, and Saydee Henning was 3rd in identification.

The first junior team consisting of Shelby Johnson, Trenton Flansburg, and Nani McKague placed fourth overall, with Nani McKague placing fifth overall individual and third overall in identification.

Our team members did incredibly well and we are proud to have them representing Ada County and Crafty Critters 4-H Club at the State Competition.

‘California Agriculture’ T-shirt to raise money for FFA Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:46:27 -0400 CalAgJobs and the California FFA have teamed up to create a T-shirt showcasing the crops California agriculture has to offer.

The T-shirts will be gifted to those who donate $15 or more at the California FFA or CalAgJobs booth at the World Ag Expo. The shirts will also be available online during the month of February. All proceeds from the T-shirt sale will be donated to California FFA Foundation.

“The California FFA Foundation is excited to be partnering with CalAgJobs and connecting our members to resources that will support keeping them employed and engaged in the agriculture industry in California,” said California FFA Foundation Chair, Dennis Albani, in a press release.

The T-shirt features nearly every crop grown in California, fit into the shape of the Golden State, along with the phrase, “We Grow It All in California,” and the FFA and CalAgJobs logos.

The shirt is being offered in adult sizes S-XXL in both men’s and ladies’ styles.

Miranda Driver, the marketing and communications director for CalAgJobs, created the design for the T-shirt.

“These T-shirts are a great way to advocate for California agriculture and give back to an amazing organization that promotes and inspires the next generation of agriculturalists,” said Shannon Douglass, the director of outreach at CalAgJobs.

The World Ag Expo is Feb. 14-16 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, Calif. The California FFA will be in booth 7102 in the Ag Careers and Education-World Ag Women Pavilion. CalAgJobs will be in booth 1410 in Pavilion A. T-shirts can be obtained online at

Chelan, Wash., student places second at rangeland forum Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:44:25 -0400 The Society for Range Management’s High School Youth Forum was held in St. George, Utah, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Red Rock and Rangelands.”

Ashley Oswald, a junior in the agriculture education program at Chelan, Wash., High School and the daughter of Eric and Fran Oswald of Chelan, was the representative from the Pacific Northwest Section of the SRM of the 21 SRM sections across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

As part of the HSYF, students presented scientific papers on a rangeland-related topic. Ashley’s paper was on MOVI, a bacterial pneumonia that is fatal to wild sheep and carried by domestic sheep and goats. It followed a study conducted by Washington State University veterinarians and graduate students to determine the possibility for wild/domestic sheep and goat interactions in Eastern Washington and ways to reduce the chance of disease transmission.

There were 25 students from the other sections at the HSYF and at the end of the four-day conference, Ashley was the awarded the second-place plaque sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences.

In addition to the speaking contest, students attended technical workshops on range management; toured Zion National Park, Pipe Springs National Monument and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park; attended a formal dinner as the guest of a range scientist and a range industry professional; attended the plenary session; participated in communication workshops; and attended the Gala Celebration of the SRM.

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‘Snowpocalypse’ doesn’t stop Meridian FFA members as they participate in winter CDEs Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:45:39 -0400 Loretta Lacy2016-2017 Meridian, Idaho, FFA Reporter Winter is known as the “off season” for FFA members but there are still several Career Development Events (CDEs) that take place during this time.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Boise Valley District (BVD) Agricultural Mechanics, Greenhand Knowledge and Job Interview CDEs were held at Vallivue High School. After winning the Meridian chapter runoff for the Job Interview CDE, Mallie Miller represented our chapter at the BVD level. Mallie placed first in the Boise Valley District and will be representing Meridian FFA at the State Leadership Conference in Twin Falls this coming April.

The Job Interview CDE requires members to create a resume, business cards, a follow up letter and participate in a mock job interview. The members choose an agricultural job that they could apply for right now.

Mallie enjoys participating in the Job Interview CDE because it gives her real world skills that she knows she’ll need in the future. To prepare for this contest, Mallie practices writing follow up letters, prepares business cards and resumes, and practices answering questions with many of her advisors.

Three Meridian FFA members, Courtney Marshall, Miranda Trent and Sophia Schuler, participated in the Greenhand Knowledge CDE on Dec. 7. The Greenhand Knowledge CDE is a test over general FFA information and is only open to freshmen members. Also on Dec. 7, the Meridian Agricultural Mechanics team attended the district competition and placed 3rd overall. This district competition was not a state qualifier so the Meridian FFA will be participating in the state Agricultural Mechanics CDE in early June. Results from individual areas at districts are as follows:

• Kaitlin Muniz placed 1st in copper pipe.

• Brian Regner tied for 1st in small gas engines.

• Brian Regner placed 3rd in tool I.D.

• Ashlyn Schiers tied for 3rd in arc welding.

• Cody Duff placed 7th in oxy welding.

• Sterling Murdock placed 8th in electricity.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, one Meridian FFA member participated in the Kuna Grange Extemporaneous Speaking contest and one member participated in the Kuna Grange Prepared Public Speaking contest in Kuna, Idaho.

The Extemporaneous Speaking contest serves as our chapter’s runoff as needed. In the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE, members bring a binder with 100 pages of current agriculture-related material and their own creativity, and have a half an hour to produce a four- to six-minute speech. Contestants will choose one of two topics randomly drawn 30 minutes prior to the event on which to prepare their speech. Not only will they have to present a speech to a panel of judges, but the members must also be comfortable with their topic to answer questions. The following placings of these contests are as shown:

• Ashton Shaul (1st place and cash prize of $25-Extemporaneous Speaking).

• Alexa Phillips (2nd place and cash prize of $15-Prepared Public Speaking).

Not only did Ashton Shaul win the Extemporaneous event on this date, but she will also represent Meridian at the BVD CDE on Feb. 8 at Meridian High School. Ashton enjoys the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE because it really challenges her. This CDE has taught Ashton a lot of information about a wide variety of topics and has helped her to become a better speaker and writer.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, six Meridian FFA members participated in the Ada County Farm Bureau Prepared Public Speaking contest, held in the Meridian PTC. This contest serves as the Meridian Prepared Speaking chapter runoff.

In the Prepared Public Speaking CDE, members research a current agriculture-related topic of their choice and present a six- to eight-minute speech to a panel of judges. The judges will ask the members questions about their topic as well. The following placings of this contest are as shown:

• Kyle Schmit (1st place in the chapter runoff; 2nd overall and cash prize of $100).

• Alexa Phillips (3rd place overall and cash prize of $75).

• Mollie Hiscox.

• Cassidey Plum.

• Rose Frazze.

• Kennedy Cox.

Kyle Schmit’s prepared speech was on the effect of constitutional law and the Supreme Court in agriculture. Kyle believes that it is one of the strongest factors in the way the industry works and that it is often overlooked.

In preparing for this contest, Kyle practiced giving his speech to his parents and to multiple advisors. Kyle’s favorite part of this CDE is being able to share his views and hearing what other people think. He thinks members should participate in this because it is a great opportunity to become more confident in speaking and to establish your own personal views.

Meridian FFA would like to thank Vallivue High School and its agriculture program for hosting the Agricultural Mechanics, Job Interview, and Greenhand Knowledge CDEs, Kuna Grange for hosting their Extemporaneous and Prepared Speaking Contests, and Ada County Farm Bureau for hosting their Prepared Public Speaking contest. Congratulations to Mallie Miller who will be representing our chapter in Job Interview at state CDEs in Twin Falls this April.

Congratulations to Ashton Shaul and Kyle Schmit who will be representing our chapter at the BVD speaking CDEs on Feb. 8.

Idaho FFA members descend on Capitol for Day on the Hill event Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:49:33 -0400 Sean Ellis BOISE — Hundreds of Idaho FFA members from around Idaho, wearing their traditional blue jackets, met with legislators and farm industry leaders during the group’s annual Cenarrusa Day on the Hill event.

“I loved seeing those blue jackets around the Capitol today,” Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican rancher and farmer from Emmett, told several hundred FFA members during a luncheon. “You’re the future of the state of Idaho.”

The event provides FFA members a chance to learn first-hand how public policy is developed and meet with leaders of the state’s agricultural industry.

Little said one of the most crucial issues facing the state’s economy is its talent pool. He said the skills FFA members acquire through the program are “critical for Idaho to be in the condition we need to be in. All of the things you learn are critical to our future.”

The event is named after former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who died in 2013 and whose 51 years in the Legislature and executive branches of Idaho government made him the longest serving public servant in state history.

He started the first ag classes at Cambridge and Carey high schools and was a strong supporter of Idaho agriculture.

During the luncheon, Freda Cenarrusa, his wife of 66 years, announced that the proceeds from the sale of 22 acres of the family ranch would be used to support Idaho FFA.

She was one of three people who received honorary FFA memberships during the luncheon.

Pete and Freda Cenarrusa “were a true partnership, working hand in hand on behalf of our great state and its agricultural industry,” Idaho FFA Secretary Jenny Bautista said.

Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a Republican sheep rancher from Terreton, also received an honorary FFA membership for his lifelong support of Idaho agriculture and FFA.

“Sen. Siddoway has been active in promoting the Idaho livestock and crop industries, locally, statewide, nationally and internationally,” Bautista said.

Honorary FFA membership was also granted to former Rep. Gayle Batt, who during her time in the legislature provided crucial support for the Idaho Ag Education Initiative, which provided about $2 million more in annual funding for secondary ag education, including FFA programs, in Idaho.

Batt, who was raised on her family’s farm in Wilder, “has worked countless hours to protect the agriculture industry that she loves,” Bautista said.

During the event, Idaho Cooperative Council President Jack Ingram presented friend of the industry awards to Rep. Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, and Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston.

The ICC represents agricultural co-ops in Idaho and sponsors the FFA event.

Bedke, a rancher, has been Idaho’s Speaker of the House since 2012 and is a former president of the Idaho Cattle Association as well as former director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

“I love it when you guys are at the Capitol,” Bedke told FFA members.

Johnson is a graduate of Leadership Idaho Agriculture and served several terms as a commissioner for the Port of Lewiston.

Moses Lake High School greenhouse vandalized Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:56:13 -0400 Matw Weaver Vandals have damaged plants that students were raising in partnership with a local seed company in the Moses Lake, Wash., High School greenhouse.

The school’s agriculture teacher and FFA adviser, Tony Kern, told the Capital Press the damage occurred Dec. 29.

“Stuff was just chucked on the ground,” he said. “It’s just frustrating. You just want to go, ‘What are you doing? What is the purpose here? Really?’”

The vandals also spray-painted graffiti in the greenhouse.

Half of a science class’ geranium projects were also damaged.

School officials are reviewing security camera footage, Kern said.

The plants were part of a genetics study done in partnership with the McKay Seed Co. in Moses Lake. The seed company hoped to use the greenhouse space to help develop new lines of wheat, barley, buckwheat and quinoa, and partner with the school to provide experience and internship possibilities.

Kern said the seeds were planted in September.

Fabio Pedraza, a plant breeder at McKay Seed, estimated roughly 50 percent of the plants were salvageable.

Kern and Pedraza said the cost of the damage is relatively small.

Much of the damage is time lost, Pedraza said.

It takes a year to make an experimental cross, raise it in a greenhouse and have something to plant in field trials the following year, he said.

Some identification tags were also removed, making it difficult to tell which plant is which, Pedraza said.

Pedraza expects the partnership with the school to continue.

“Hopefully it will blossom into something that ends up being really neat and beneficial for our kids as well as McKay Seed,” Kern said. “It’s really a neat opportunity.”

McKay plans to update equipment and install new lights over three years in the school’s older greenhouse, Kern said.

The partnership will help FFA students learn from “real, true scientific studies,” Kern said.

“Tons of kids like science or think they like science, but they don’t really make that connection to a job,” he said.

Meridian FFA ‘Transforms’ at 2016 National FFA Convention Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:07:23 -0400 Loretta Lacy2016-2017 Meridian FFA Reporter In March and April of last school year, the Meridian FFA Chapter attended the Idaho State Career Development Events (CDEs). Four of Meridian’s teams placed first in the state, qualifying them for national competition.

Along with the members of the four qualifying teams, three chapter delegates and two American Degree recipients attended this year’s National Convention.

The 2016 National FFA Convention was held from Tuesday, Oct. 19, until Saturday, Oct. 22, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not only was this convention a place for top state teams to showcase their talents, but it also held the largest FFA store, a college and career show, multiple sessions run by national officers, and several great keynote speakers.

Meridian’s Environmental and Natural Resources team placed 3rd in the nation with a gold ranking. This year 42 other teams competed for a total of 168 members. The following members competed for Meridian FFA:

• Maddie Bennett (2nd high individual, gold ranking).

• Karlyn Roberts (gold ranking).

• Connor Burgin (gold ranking).

• William Stokes (silver ranking).

The Meridian FFA Veterinary Science team placed 4th in the nation with a gold ranking. There were 44 other teams that competed this year. The Meridian members were:

• Kristin Nesbitt (2nd high individual, gold ranking).

• Loretta Lacy (gold ranking).

• Hannah Krichbaum (gold ranking).

• Lauren Anderson (gold ranking).

The Meridian Agriculture Marketing Plan team was a semi-finalist with a silver ranking. The team consisted of:

• Kate Johnson (silver ranking).

• Mackenzie Brown (silver ranking).

• Nikki Elletson (silver ranking).

Meridian’s Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management team placed 18th in the nation with a silver ranking. This year 48 other teams also competed in this CDE at nationals. The following members of our team were:

• Ashlyn Schiers (silver ranking).

• Trace Beaucannon (silver ranking).

• Zach Phillips (silver ranking).

• Alexa Phillips (silver ranking).

Meridian FFA also had two American Degree recipients: Kaedy Peck is a sophomore at the University of Idaho majoring in agribusiness and Hayden Turnbough is studying biology in her second year at the College of Western Idaho.

The American Degree is the highest degree that can be awarded in FFA. A member must be a year out of high school and has to have been a member all four years of high school to apply for this prestigious award. Only 3 percent of all members nationwide achieve this award; it is an honor to be a recipient.

Meridian FFA also had three delegates attend the National Convention. Mallie Miller and Kobe Manzer represented our chapter for the National Chapter Award and Bailey Josoff attended as a senior member.

Our members had an amazing time at the National Convention this year and they highly recommend that all FFA members make it a goal to attend during their high school career. This year our chapter toured Chicago and the Indianapolis Speedway. Mallie Miller’s favorite part of the National Convention was being able to meet members from all over the country.

“My favorite part of nationals this year was competing in Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management and touring the Indianapolis Speedway.” says Alexa Phillips.

Kate Johnson felt that nationals was an incredible learning and competitive experience. She is very grateful that she had the opportunity to attend.

Meridian FFA would like to thank the Meridian FFA Alumni, Ada County Farm Bureau, the Meridian Dairy Board, and the United Dairymen of Idaho for their generous donations to help our members get to Nationals this year. We would also like to thank all of the advisors that attended this trip with the members and coached our CDE teams: Mr. Shane Stevenson, Mrs. Lorraine Wikoff, Mrs. Renee Peugh, Mrs. Trish Stokes, and Mr. Steve Wilder. The 20 members that attended this October are very grateful for the tremendous help and support from all these individuals and groups.

Perrydale FFA food donations top 260,000 pounds Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:08:32 -0400 Geoff Parks AMITY, Ore. — Perrydale High School FFA Chapter’s Food For All Program winds up this month with the lofty goal of distributing over 130 tons of locally collected agricultural produce to needy families in Oregon.

The program, now in its 19th year, was started by former long-time Perrydale FFA Chapter Adviser Kirk Hutchinson. It’s now headed by second-year adviser Christina Lorenz, but “Hutch” takes an active role in each year’s collection and distribution efforts.

Students from all of Perrydale’s three public schools help the high school FFA chapter’s members gather, package and distribute the donated vegetables and other produce — from onions to squash, beets and other items — to needy people up and down the Willamette Valley. The efforts extend to the central Oregon Coast and Eastern Oregon as well.

“Each year, I am beyond impressed with the pride that my students take in this project,” Lorenz said. “It’s inspiring to see that tomorrow’s leaders are selfless and generous people who want to make their world a better place for everyone.”

Lorenz is also Perrydale High’s agriculture curriculum instructor.

The busload of kids, accompanied by Hutch and a large flatbed truck, made stops at several donor plants and warehouses to collect food and chat with the businesses’ representatives during a collection stop on Dec. 1. The route wound up the Willamette Valley from Perrydale along Highway 99E through Salem, Canby and farther northeast.

Stops at places such as EZ Orchards and Schlecter Farms were intended to introduce the FFA students to the donor’s plants and warehouses, watch the loading activities and chat with owners and managers.

EZ Orchards was the first stop, and the bus then headed up the corridor to NW Onion Co. in Brooks.

Duane Olson, NW Onion’s sales manager, had a big grin on his face and was clearly enjoying giving away 400 sacks (10 tons) of yellow onions to the FFA program’s “ambassadors” that gathered at the company’s warehouse.

Both Kevin Zielinski, Olson and principals of the other warehouse stops along the way received an FFA award “For Outstanding Service and Contributions” from Perrydale FFA Chapter President Sierra Starr and handshakes from all the kids.

“This project allows students build valuable partnerships with business and industry professionals, which leads to a strong professional network upon graduation,” Lorenz said. “(The project) also allows them to build employability skills while serving their community.”

Food For All gathered one tote of potatoes from Salem’s Kettle Foods when the program began in 1998. Since then, totals have risen each year from 10,000 pounds of food to 211,000 pounds in 2010 and over 260,000 pounds last year.

California FFA raises funds for members’ jackets Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:08:06 -0400 Tim Hearden GALT, Calif. — The California FFA Foundation is raising money for blue corduroy jackets for students who can’t afford to purchase them.

This year’s fundraiser is Nov. 29, and the FFA foundation wants to raise at least $6,500 — enough to give a jacket with a tie or scarf to 100 students.

Katie Otto, the foundation’s development director, said many students have to borrow jackets from their chapter for competitions and events.

“A lot of them didn’t have the means to have their own jackets,” she said. “Definitely for me it illustrated the need (to help) all of our students who don’t have the opportunity to have a jacket with their name on it that fits comfortably.”

The push started during the run-up to the Sacramento area’s Big Day of Giving on May 4, during which local residents and businesses donated more than $22,000 to support FFA and agricultural education.

The foundation sent emails to members and supporters, and many of them told emotional stories about what their jackets meant to them, Otto said.

“It kind of becomes their identity,” she said, adding that some members still have their parents’ or grandparents’ jackets.

“After we did the Big Day of Giving, we talked about online giving,” Otto said. “I had heard of Giving Tuesday in the past but I didn’t know much about it. ... With Thanksgiving being an opportunity to be thankful and give back, it made sense.”

Giving Tuesday is a United Nations Foundation-sponsored movement to encourage philanthropy at the beginning of the holiday season.

Started in 2012, Giving Tuesday always falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“At the minimum we’d love to give away 100 jackets,” Otto said. “It would be great if we could give one to a member of every chapter (in California). There are 328 chapters.”

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Meridian FFA members compete in fall CDEs Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:29:56 -0400 Loretta LacyMeridian FFA Chapter Reporter To prepare for the Idaho FFA State CDEs in the spring, several district Career Development Events (CDEs) are held during fall semester to help prepare members.

In the past two months, Boise Valley and Western Idaho FFA districts have hosted four CDE competitions: Dairy Foods, Dairy Judging, Soils Evaluation, and Range.

Soils Evaluation and Range CDEs are competitions that qualify for state level competitions. The rest of the competitions are for practice and do not inhibit or promise the chance to compete at the state level.

Members find a CDE that they find interesting and try out for that team. If they make the team, they then have the chance to compete in the district level of competition. Our members are very passionate about their chosen CDEs and they find that they learn a lot.

The Boise Valley District (BVD) Dairy Judging CDE was held on Sept. 21 in Melba, Idaho. This CDE consists of judging the conformation of cows, heifers, and calves, and presenting a set of oral reasons on your placings to a judge. The members also answer a set of questions on DHI (Dairy Herd Improvement) records. Meridian’s official Dairy Judging team placed 5th.

The following members competed in Dairy Judging on the official team:

• Will Sutton (7th place individual).

• Cody Duff (10th place individual).

• Jordan Bettencourt.

• Kaitlyn Steppe.

The following members were Dairy Judging alternates:

• Lauren Jackson.

• Rose Frazee.

• Jayson Hibbs.

• Mike Varin.

• Madison Stroebel.

• Savannah Christensen.

• Kyleigh Davis.

• Brock Shurtz.

Cody Duff’s favorite part of Dairy Judging is being able to spend time with the cows because they truly are “man’s best friend.” Members participate in this CDE because they love spending time with the animals and being able to learn more about them. Dairy Judging takes a lot of practice, time and effort. The members that make this team, and other teams, spend countless hours perfecting their skills.

The Dairy Foods CDE consists of tasting and grading dairy products, such as cheese and milk contaminants, and the identification of dairy vs. nondairy products. There is also a dairy knowledge test. This CDE was also held on Sept. 21 in Melba.

The following members competed in Dairy Foods:

• Kaitlyn Steppe (5th place individual).

• Madison Stroebel.

• Lauren Jackson.

• Jayson Hibbs.

• Rose Frazee.

• Cameron King.

• Brock Shurtz.

Kaitlyn Steppe enjoys this CDE not only because she enjoys being exposed to the dairy industry, but because she also gets to see the different types of careers that are being offered within this industry. Our members often become passionate about their CDEs, which leads to them looking for jobs in that field.

The District Soils Evaluation CDE was held in New Plymouth, Idaho, on Sept. 29. This was Meridian’s first time competing in years. Meridian’s Soils Evaluation team placed 3rd at the district competition, which qualified them for this state competition. Meridian’s Soils Evaluation team placed 9th and our Range team placed 11th at the state competition in Burley, Idaho, in October.

The following members competed in Soils:

• Bailey Josoff.

• Hailey Buffham.

• Kennedy Cox.

• Kobe Manzer.

• Wilson Dowdle.

• Martha Hirschi.

The following members competed in Range at state:

• Lauren Jackson.

• Hailey Buffham.

• Cameron King.

Cameron King says, “The most enjoyable part of the Range CDE is the plant identification.” When asked what his favorite part of the Soils CDE is, Kobe Manzer replies, “I love Soils Evaluation because it’s very hands-on and it really gives us the chance to interact with the land.”

None of these CDEs would be possible without the help of many amazing people. Thank you to Casper’s Dairy for hosting the Boise Valley District Dairy Judging CDE.

Meridian FFA would also like to thank Rudi DeWinkle for being the official Dairy Cattle judge.

Thank you to Carma Forsberg for putting together the Boise Valley District Dairy Foods CDE.

Meridian FFA would also like to thank Clay Peak Landfill in Payette, Idaho, and Shawn Nield, Idaho state soil scientist, for hosting and putting on the district Soils Evaluation CDE.

Oregon team places second in Ag Sales at national FFA convention Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:51:23 -0400 Geoff Parks YAMHILL, Ore. — A four-person team of Yamhill-Carlton High School students came away from the recent National FFA Convention with second place in Ag Sales — and the team’s youngest member took first place overall in the competition.

Before their Oct. 19-22 visit to Indianapolis to compete against and mingle with 63,000 of their FFA peers, 17-year-olds Elsie Duyn and Abbey Berhorst, along with Ryan Berhorst, 14, and 18-year-old Liberty Greenlund had to navigate their way through a series of district and state FFA competitions.

The chapter took second in the seven-chapter District FFA contest earlier this year and first place in the Oregon state FFA event, said Y-C chapter president Duyn. She also took first place in the individual Hog Proficiency competition at the state meet.

The national second place in Ag Sales that was conferred upon the Y-C team was bolstered by Ryan Berhorst’s individual first place finish. The Y-C freshman came out on top of a group of 160 FFA members from around the country to earn $1,000 and an impressive plaque.

Greenlund graduated from Y-C in June and is the Oregon FFA secretary. She and the two other young women on the team were effusive about both the team’s second-place success and Ryan’s individual triumph in Ag Sales.

“Ryan was a ‘pick-me-up,’” said Duyn. Y-C’s was an all-girls team until one of the students headed off to Purdue University and Ryan — Abbey’s younger brother — became available.

“We picked him up two months before the national competition,” said Duyn. He was on the team that also found second-place success in district competition.

“He was really the only one in our chapter who had experience with (the Ag Sales competition), so we just figured, ‘Why not?’” Abbey said of her younger brother.

Greenlund added that she felt Ryan, the only freshman in the national competition, “put his whole heart and soul into it.”

“For the national competition, they actually chose the product for us, which was John Deere balers,” Ryan said. “So we studied all the manufacturer’s balers, the features and benefits of each of them.”

“We had to know those balers inside and out, because we didn’t know which questions would be asked,” Duyn said.

She said that since the four-member team “basically spent most of our entire summer” studying at the home of one of the coaches — Greg Wildhaber — they were planning a reunion dinner there to celebrate their accomplishments.

The four members also have plans after high school. Greenlund is traveling the state in her position as state FFA secretary and will attend Eastern Oregon University next year, while Duyn heads to Linfield College to study nursing and Abbey Berhorst has her eyes on the Eastern Oregon University agricultural education program.

The youngest member, Ryan Berhorst, has yet to settle on a definite course after high school. He claims an interest — for now — in underwater welding, but indicated that may change.

FFA Western Career Development winners Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:50:14 -0400 INDIANAPOLIS — Following is a list of Career Development winners from the West. Note: Some categories were unavailable at press time.

2nd Place — Oregon: Claire Wilson, Shasta Jundt, and Emily Vandehey, all of Hermiston FFA

Top Individuals

4th Place — Emily Vandehey of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Teams

Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Mount Baker FFA,Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

North Fremont FFA, Idaho

Gold Emblem Individuals

Nora Jorgensen of North Fremont FFA, Idaho

Emily Vandehey of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Shasta Jundt of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Ruth Pilat of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Kendal Schorr of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Haiden Cecil of North Fremont FFA, Idaho

Macy Rankin of North Fremont FFA, Idaho

Claire Wilson of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

1st Place — California: Eliseo Diaz, Madeline Franke, Jose Juarez, Isaac Martinez, Saul Ortiz, and Carlos Torres, all of Galt FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Galt FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Teams

Reardan FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Teams

North Fremont FFA, Idaho

Imbler FFA, Ore.

2nd Place — Oregon: Liberty Greenlund, Elsie Duyn, Abbey Berhorst, and Ryan Berhorst, all of Yamhill-Carlton FFA

5th Place — Washington: Gracie Johnson, Misti Lybbert, Amelia Main, and Brandon Reynolds, all of Stanwood FFA

7th Place — California. Shelby Clifford, Logan Sigmon, Ava Solano-Lim, and Prentyce Hitt, all of Elk Grove FFA

Top Individuals

1st Place: — Ryan Berhorst of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

7th Place — Liberty Greenlund of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Teams

Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Stanwood FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Teams

Castleford, FFA, Idaho

Gold Emblem Individuals

Prentyce Hitt of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Shelby Clifford of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Ava Solano-Lim of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Makenna Routt of Castleford FFA, Idaho

Ryan Berhorst of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Abbey Berhorst of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Elsie Duyn of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Liberty Greenlund of Yamhill-Carlton FFA, Ore.

Gracie Johnson of Stanwood FFA, Wash.

Brandon Reynolds of Stanwood FFA, Wash.

Misti Lybbert of Stanwood FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Amelia Main of Stanwood FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Camronn Hale of Castleford FFA, Idaho

Abby Blick of Castleford FFA, Idaho

Top Placing Teams

1st Place — California: Alex Nelson, Caleb Marsh, Jared Kilgore, and Justin Kilgore, all of Bear River FFA

4th Place — Washington: Patrick Kelly, Shane Whittern, Nathan Van Dellen, and Brooks DeWaard, all of Lynden Christian FFA

Top Placing Individuals

2nd Place — Jared Kilgore of Bear River FFA, Calif.

3rd Place — Alex Nelson of Bear River FFA, Calif.

8th Place — Patrick Kelly of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Teams

Bear River FFA, Calif.

Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Crater FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Jared Kilgore of Bear River FFA, Calif.

Caleb Marsh of Bear River FFA, Calif.

Justin Kilgore of Bear River FFA, Calif.

Alex Nelson of Bear River FFA, Calif.

Patrick Kelly of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Shane Whittern of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Nathan Van Dellen of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Cal Duke of Crater FFA, Ore.

Joseph Moeller-Parara of Crater FFA, Ore.

Cole Duke of Crater FFA, Ore.

Brooks DeWaard of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Brendan Kerrigan of Crater FFA, Ore.

5th Place — Washington: Tessa Jantz, Peyton Curtis, Nathan Naught, and Camden Smith, all of Lind-Ritzville FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Woodland FFA, Calif.

Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Fruitland FFA, Idaho

Bronze Emblem Teams

Dayton FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Kevin Keenan of Woodland FFA, Calif.

Lyndi Wax of Woodland FFA, Calif.

Kelsey McLagan of Woodland FFA, Calif.

Peyton Curtis of Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

Tessa Jantz of Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

Nathan Naught of Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

Camden Smith of Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Sophie Cowgill of Fruitland FFA, Idaho

Morelia Abrego of Dayton FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Taylor Phillips of Fruitland FFA, Idaho

Lili Zeng of Fruitland FFA, Idaho

Bailee Heard of Dayton FFA, Ore.

Jimmy Reyes of Dayton FFA, Ore.

2nd Place — Lili Steel of San Luis Obispo FFA, Calif.

3rd Place — Kolton Dahl of Burns FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Lili Steel of San Luis Obispo FFA, Calif.

Kolton Dahl of Burns FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Jakeb Garrard of Declo FFA, Idaho

Loren Negron of Waitsburg FFA, Wash.

4th Place — California: Brandon Almeida, Noah Batista, Donavan Miguel, and Mitchell Coleman, all of Hilmar FFA

Top Placing Individuals

5th Place — Brandon Almeida of Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Gold Emblem Teams

Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Teams

Meridian FFA, Idaho

Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Brandon Almeida of Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Noah Batista of Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Donavan Miguel of Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Brent Rocha of Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Katie Sherer of Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Michael Velasco of Elma FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Mitchell Coleman of Hilmar FFA, Calif.

Trace Beaucannon of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Alexa Phillips of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Zachary Phillips of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Ashlyn Schiers of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Samuel M. Johnston of Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Blake Rocha of Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Kortney Bailey of Elma FFA, Wash

David Downing of Elma FFA, Wash.

Emily Rockey of Elma FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Savanah Nunes of Castleford FFA, Idaho

Laci Lourenzo of Tillamook FFA, Ore.

Mikhaela Nelson of Elma FFA, Wash.

1st Place — Andrew Skidmore of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Andrew Skidmore of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Joshua Cahoon of Kimberly FFA, Idaho

Mollee Gray of Medical Lake FFA, Wash.

6th Place — Washington: Brittany TeVelde, George De Jong, Gerrit Sterk, and Duncan Sterk, all of Lynden Christian FFA

Top Individuals

1st Place — Harrison Jansen VanBeek of Middleton FFA, Idaho

6th Place — Brittany TeVelde of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Teams

Middleton FFA, Idaho

Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Teams

Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Nyssa FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Garrett Barnes of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Harrison Jansen VanBeek of Middleton FFA, Idaho

George De Jong of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Duncan Sterk of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Brittany TeVelde of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

McKenzie Marsh of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Robert Allison of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Garrett Stoneman of Nyssa FFA, Ore.

Gerrit Sterk of Lynden Christian FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Karlye Clement of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Lane Ibbotson of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Sarah Sigmon of Elk Grove FFA, Calif.

Dennet Flores Elizondo of Nyssa FFA, Ore.

Sailor Hartley of Nyssa FFA, Ore.

Savanna Kesler of Nyssa FFA, Ore.

8th Place — Oregon: Emily Patt, Rogue Hartman, Grace M McCracken, and Emma Gibbs, all of Oakland FFA

10th Place — Washington: Nicole Ballard, Zakya Misallati, Kendra Mutch, and Alice Ish, all of Cedarcrest FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Liberty Ranch FFA, Calif.

Oakland FFA, Ore.

Cedarcrest FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Homedale FFA, ID

Gold Emblem Individuals

Alyssa Snow of Liberty Ranch FFA, Calif.

Madison Fisher of Homedale FFA, Idaho

Emma Gibbs of Oakland FFA, Ore.

Rogue Hartman of Oakland FFA, Ore.

Grace M McCracken of Oakland FFA, Ore.

Emily Patt of Oakland FFA, Ore.

Nicole Ballard of Cedarcrest FFA, Wash.

Alice Ish of Cedarcrest FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Madison Davison of Liberty Ranch FFA, Calif.

Stevie Saramago of Liberty Ranch FFA, Calif.

Justine Rose of Homedale FFA, Idaho

Jenna Rupp of Homedale FFA, Idaho

Zakya Misallati of Cedarcrest FFA, Wash.

Kendra Mutch of Cedarcrest FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Celina Maberto of Liberty Ranch FFA, Calif.

Elizabeth Vargas of Homedale FFA, Idaho

5th Place — Oregon: Reed Middleton, Dylan Westfall, Wyatt Paschal, and Deven Hofbauer, all of Hermiston FFA

6th Place — Idaho: Brock Johnson, Brenna Kindall, Nicholas Petitmermet, and Dystinee Miller, all of Cambridge FFA

Top Placing Individuals

6th Place — Brock Johnson of Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Gold Emblem Teams

Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Silver Emblem Teams

Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Brock Johnson of Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Brenna Kindall of Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Dystinee Miller of Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Nicholas Petitmermet of Cambridge FFA, Idaho

Reed Middleton of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Deven Hofbauer of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Wyatt Paschal of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Erica Brown of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Emily Treadaway of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Dylan Westfall of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Hayden Linderman of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Angelika Tikhonov of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

8th Place — Washington: Asa Morris, Lincoln Grimes, Nick Tanis, and Wyatt Marsing, all of Mount Baker FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Madison FFA, Idaho

Bronze Emblem Teams

Days Creek FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Calvin Cacy of O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Kailey Lemon of O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Shalani Wilcox of Madison FFA, Idaho

Lincoln Grimes of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Wyatt Marsing of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Asa Morris of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Nick Tanis of Mount Baker FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

James Hansen of O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Randy Ball of Madison FFA, Idaho

Alex Hartline of Madison FFA, Idaho

Chance Rose of Madison FFA, Idaho

Colton Fuller of Days Creek FFA, Ore.

Brooke Hopfer of Days Creek FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Carson Sloas of O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Ryan Ogan of Days Creek FFA, Ore.

Jerald Summerfield of Days Creek FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Teams

Santa Maria FFA, Calif.

Canby FFA, Ore.

Silver Emblem Teams

Preston FFA, Idaho

Bronze Emblem Teams

Chelan FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Carla Barrera of Santa Maria FFA, Calif.

Abraham Cardona of Santa Maria FFA, Calif.

Mikhala C. Cook of Santa Maria FFA, Calif.

Lauren Iverson of Canby FFA, Ore.

Olivia McKenzie of Canby FFA, Ore.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Justina Moses of Santa Maria FFA, Calif.

Savannah Beckstead of Preston FFA, Idaho

Krista Jeppson of Preston FFA, Idaho

Afton Stone of Preston FFA, Idaho

Lydia Walsh of Canby FFA, Ore.

Allison Barnes of Chelan FFA, Wash.

Stephanie Olivera of Chelan FFA, Wash.

Ashley Oswald of Chelan FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Sydnee Golightly of Preston FFA, Idaho

Rachel McKenzie of Canby FFA, Ore.

Katherine Gleasman of Chelan FFA, Wash.

7th Place — Amber Bjerre of San Luis Obispo FFA, Calif.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Amber Bjerre of San Luis Obispo FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Wil Jansen Van Beek of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Adriana Baldwin of Canby FFA, Ore.

Morgan Rockey of Elma FFA, Wash.

4th Place — California: Madison Morgan, Ty Jones, Kevin Snyder, and Emma Wright, all of Oakdale FFA

10th Place — Oregon: Sara Shelton, Macen Keller, David Gladman, and Clayre Shaffer, all of Crater FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Oakdale FFA, Calif.

Crater FFA, Ore.

Lynden FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Kuna FFA, Idaho

Gold Emblem Individuals

Madison Morgan of Oakdale FFA, Calif.

Kevin Snyder of Oakdale FFA, Calif.

Emma Wright of Oakdale FFA, Calif.

Ross Blattner of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Clayre Shaffer of Crater FFA, Ore.

Sara Shelton of Crater FFA, Ore.

Luke Wolfisberg of Lynden FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Ty Jones of Oakdale FFA, Calif.

JoAn Arnold of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Megan Berheim of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Adam Drake of Kuna FFA, Idaho

David Gladman of Crater FFA, Ore.

Macen Keller of Crater FFA, Ore.

Lindsay Eldred of Lynden FFA, Wash.

Zane Gavette of Lynden FFA, Wash.

Hannah Rusk of Lynden FFA, Wash.

1st Place — California: Erika Matola, Juan Hernandez, and Amanda Skidmore, all of Atwater FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Atwater FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Teams

Meridian FFA, Idaho

Lind-Ritzville FFA, Wash.

2nd Place — Washington: Amanda Bobbitt, Jade Jaspers, Josh Johnson, and Jacob Ball, all of Cashmere FFA

5th Place — California: Mario I Alvarez, Clayton R Sheehan, Jasbir Singh, and Delaney M Morales, all of Madera FFA

Top Placing Individuals

8th Place — Clayton R Sheehan of Madera FFA, Calif.

9th Place — Amanda Bobbitt of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

10th Place — Jade Jaspers of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Teams

Madera FFA, Calif.

Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Kuna FFA, Idaho

Bronze Emblem Teams

Stanfield FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Mario I Alvarez of Madera FFA, Calif.

Clayton R Sheehan of Madera FFA, Calif.

Jasbir Singh of Madera FFA, Calif.

Eric Ball of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Jacob Ball of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Amanda Bobbitt of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Jade Jaspers of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Josh Johnson of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Delaney M Morales of Madera FFA, Calif.

ennifer Ball of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Annie Bass of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Mason Roberts of Kuna FFA, Idaho

Payton Henning of Stanfield FFA, Ore.

Keith Wampler of Stanfield FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Brittin Braithwaite of Stanfield FFA, Ore.

Nathan Hurty of Stanfield FFA, Ore.

3rd Place — California: Daryl Dorsey, Julianna Dailey, Christina Aguilar, and Jessica Prado, all of Atwater FFA

6th Place — Washington: Kandace Brunner, Cassidy Boyd, Molly Robertson, and Abigail Brown, all of Cashmere FFA

7th Place — Idaho: Annabelle Day, Kay Lee Day, Cody Jackson, and Alyssa Hansten, all of Jerome FFA

Top Placing Individuals

1st Place — Daryl Dorsey of Atwater FFA, Calif.

6th Place — Christina Aguilar of Atwater FFA, Calif.

7th Place — Kay Lee Day of Jerome FFA, Idaho

8th Place — Kandace Brunner of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Teams

Atwater FFA, Calif.

Jerome FFA, Idaho

Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Scio FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Christina Aguilar of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Julianna Dailey of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Daryl Dorsey of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Jessica Prado of Atwater FFA, Calif.

Annabelle Day of Jerome FFA, Idaho

Kay Lee Day of Jerome FFA, Idaho

Alyssa Hansten of Jerome FFA, Idaho

Cody Jackson of Jerome FFA, Idaho

Cassidy Boyd of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Abigail Brown of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Kandace Brunner of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Molly Robertson of Cashmere FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Madeline Thomas of Scio FFA, Ore.

Reyna Villanueva of Scio FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Cassandra Hyde of Scio FFA, Ore.

Ayden Zimmerman of Scio FFA, Ore.

10th Place — Idaho: Jonah Schaffeld, Amanda Hellums, Emma Winkle, and David Pecht, all of Middleton FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

Middleton FFA, Idaho

Silver Emblem Teams

Hanford FFA, Calif.

Sedro-Woolley FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Teams

McMinnville FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Cameron Standridge of Hanford FFA, Calif.

Amanda Hellums of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Jonah Schaffeld of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Emma Winkle of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Amy Joyce of Sedro-Woolley FFA, Wash.

Meghan McCloud of Sedro-Woolley FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Drew Avila of Hanford FFA, Calif.

Kiera Searcy of Hanford FFA, Calif.

Delaney Woolwine of Hanford FFA, Calif.

David Pecht of Middleton FFA, Idaho

Taylor Ames of McMinnville FFA, Ore.

Luis Garibaldo of McMinnville FFA, Ore.

Grae Eason of Sedro-Woolley FFA, Wash.

1st Place — California: David Broyles, Christian Low, Shyann Mattes, Sienna Pillsbury, Teresa Spencer, and Michael Warnert, all of O’Neals-Minarets FFA

Gold Emblem Teams

O’Neals-Minarets FFA, Calif.

Tonasket FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Fruitland FFA, Idaho

Dayton FFA, Ore.

2nd Place — California: Megan Oliveira, Trever Edwards, Isabel Bishop, and Michayla Davidson, all of Galt FFA

Top Placing Individuals

4th Place — Isabel Bishop of Galt FFA, Calif.

8th Place — Michayla Davidson of Galt FFA, Calif.

Gold Emblem Teams

Galt FFA, Calif.

Silver Emblem Teams

North Clackamas FFA, Ore.

Kennewick FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Teams

Malad FFA, Idaho

Gold Emblem Individuals

Isabel Bishop of Galt FFA, Calif.

Michayla Davidson of Galt FFA, Calif.

Trever Edwards of Galt FFA, Calif.

Megan Oliveira of Galt FFA, Calif.

Hannah Ranum of North Clackamas FFA, Ore.

Caitlyn Carter of Kennewick FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Dallin Atkinson of Malad FFA, Idaho

Benjamin Waldron of Malad FFA, Idaho

Grace Garrett of North Clackamas FFA, Ore.

Jared Robeson of North Clackamas FFA, Ore.

Alejandra Vazquez of North Clackamas FFA, Ore.

Ashton Davis of Kennewick FFA, Wash.

Jack Vanhoorelbeke of Kennewick FFA, Wash.

Morgan White of Kennewick FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Dylan Brown of Malad FFA, Idaho

Matracea Semrad of Malad FFA, Idaho

Allisa Hastie of Sierra FFA, Calif.

Kourtney Lehman of Baker FFA, Ore.

Erin E. Smith of Yelm FFA, Wash.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Amber Chambers of Teton County FFA, Idaho

3rd Place — California: Courtney Herring, Shauntel Statt, Kylie Raymond, and Emma Milks, all of Clovis FFA

4th Place — Idaho: Lauren Anderson, Hannah Krichbaum, Loretta Lacy, and Kristin Nesbitt, all of Meridian FFA

5th Place — Washington: Ryan England, Jadyn Denham, Alexis Kudsk, and Yuhsuan Ding, all of Ferndale FFA

Top Placing Individuals

2nd Place — Kristin Nesbitt of Meridian FFA, Idaho

6th Place — Emma Milks of Clovis FFA, Calif.

8th Place — Alexis Kudsk of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

10th Place — Ryan England of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Gold Emblem Teams

Clovis FFA, Calif.

Meridian FFA, Idaho

Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Teams

Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Gold Emblem Individuals

Courtney Herring of Clovis FFA, Calif.

Emma Milks of Clovis FFA, Calif.

Kylie Raymond of Clovis FFA, Calif.

Shauntel Statt of Clovis FFA, Calif.

Lauren Anderson of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Hannah Krichbaum of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Loretta Lacy of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Kristin Nesbitt of Meridian FFA, Idaho

Jadyn Denham of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Yuhsuan Ding of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Ryan England of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Alexis Kudsk of Ferndale FFA, Wash.

Silver Emblem Individuals

Tanna Osmin of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Hannah Walker of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Bronze Emblem Individuals

Gissep Marin of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Sevana Patrick of Hermiston FFA, Ore.

Exeter FFA receives innovation award Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:32:53 -0400 INDIANAPOLIS — The Exeter FFA Chapter in California has been named the 2016 National Model of Innovation Chapter Award winner in community development at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The nation’s top 10 three-star chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Exeter FFA was awarded a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the second general session.

Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student and chapter development divisions.

Exeter FFA wanted to do its part to combat hunger in their community. During the “Hunger Heroes Food Hunt,” members were split into teams and assigned to a section of the city of Exeter. With adult drivers, the teams visited homes within their section to collect nonperishable food items for a local food bank. Many students and volunteer drivers participated in the event, collecting over 2,600 nonperishable food items during the one-hour activity. All of the food items were donated to the local food closet following the event. Because of the FFA chapter’s efforts, Exeter is one step closer to eliminating hunger in their community.

The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Omak FFA receives innovation award and national convention Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:26:21 -0400 INDIANAPOLIS — The Omak FFA Chapter in Washington state has been named the 2016 National Model of Innovation Chapter Award winner in chapter development.

The chapter was honored the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The nation’s top 10 three-star chapters in the chapter development division competed at the convention and expo. Omak FFA was awarded a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the convention and expo’s second general session on Thursday.

Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, student and community development divisions.

Omak FFA developed a unique and fun social media campaign to promote FFA activities and membership. Each FFA officer selected a stuffed animal that would travel with them to FFA events. Officers then posted pictures and messages online with their mascot at the activity.

Through this campaign, the chapter exceeded their goal and membership increased over the previous year by 50 percent.

The Models of Innovation awards are sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. I