Capital Press | FFA http://www.capitalpress.com Capital Press Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:29:23 -0500 en http://EOR-CPwebvarnish.newscyclecloud.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/staticimage/images/rss-logo.jpg Capital Press | FFA http://www.capitalpress.com Legacy award winner to younger farmers: Volunteer your time http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20170215/legacy-award-winner-to-younger-farmers-volunteer-your-time http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20170215/legacy-award-winner-to-younger-farmers-volunteer-your-time#Comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:12:33 -0500 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170219922 “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.

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Ada County 4-H Club Idaho state champions http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170214/ada-county-4-h-club-idaho-state-champions http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170214/ada-county-4-h-club-idaho-state-champions#Comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:09:19 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170219939 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.

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‘California Agriculture’ T-shirt to raise money for FFA http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170209/california-agriculture-t-shirt-to-raise-money-for-ffa http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170209/california-agriculture-t-shirt-to-raise-money-for-ffa#Comments Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:46:27 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170209858 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 www.paulamaita.com

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Chelan, Wash., student places second at rangeland forum http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170206/chelan-wash-student-places-second-at-rangeland-forum http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170206/chelan-wash-student-places-second-at-rangeland-forum#Comments Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:44:25 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170209915 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.

For further information regarding the Society for Range Management log on to www.rangelands.org

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‘Snowpocalypse’ doesn’t stop Meridian FFA members as they participate in winter CDEs http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170206/snowpocalypse-doesnt-stop-meridian-ffa-members-as-they-participate-in-winter-cdes http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170206/snowpocalypse-doesnt-stop-meridian-ffa-members-as-they-participate-in-winter-cdes#Comments Mon, 6 Feb 2017 15:45:39 -0500 Loretta Lacy2016-2017 Meridian, Idaho, FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170209914 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.

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Idaho FFA members descend on Capitol for Day on the Hill event http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20170131/idaho-ffa-members-descend-on-capitol-for-day-on-the-hill-event http://www.capitalpress.com/Idaho/20170131/idaho-ffa-members-descend-on-capitol-for-day-on-the-hill-event#Comments Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:49:33 -0500 Sean Ellis http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170139968 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.

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Moses Lake High School greenhouse vandalized http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170103/moses-lake-high-school-greenhouse-vandalized http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20170103/moses-lake-high-school-greenhouse-vandalized#Comments Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:56:13 -0500 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2017170109988 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.

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Meridian FFA ‘Transforms’ at 2016 National FFA Convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161216/meridian-ffa-transforms-at-2016-national-ffa-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161216/meridian-ffa-transforms-at-2016-national-ffa-convention#Comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:07:23 -0500 Loretta Lacy2016-2017 Meridian FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161219908 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.

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Perrydale FFA food donations top 260,000 pounds http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20161212/perrydale-ffa-food-donations-top-260000-pounds http://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20161212/perrydale-ffa-food-donations-top-260000-pounds#Comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:08:32 -0500 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161219984 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.

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California FFA raises funds for members’ jackets http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20161114/california-ffa-raises-funds-for-members-jackets http://www.capitalpress.com/California/20161114/california-ffa-raises-funds-for-members-jackets#Comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:08:06 -0500 Tim Hearden http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161119943 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.”

For information and to donate, visit www.calaged.org/givingtuesday.

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Meridian FFA members compete in fall CDEs http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161110/meridian-ffa-members-compete-in-fall-cdes http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161110/meridian-ffa-members-compete-in-fall-cdes#Comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:29:56 -0500 Loretta LacyMeridian FFA Chapter Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161119986 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.

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Oregon team places second in Ag Sales at national FFA convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161107/oregon-team-places-second-in-ag-sales-at-national-ffa-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161107/oregon-team-places-second-in-ag-sales-at-national-ffa-convention#Comments Mon, 7 Nov 2016 10:51:23 -0500 Geoff Parks http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161109918 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.

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FFA Western Career Development winners http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/western-career-development-winners http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/western-career-development-winners#Comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:50:14 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161029936 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.

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Exeter FFA receives innovation award http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/exeter-ffa-receives-innovation-award http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/exeter-ffa-receives-innovation-award#Comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:32:53 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161029939 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.

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Omak FFA receives innovation award and national convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/omak-ffa-receives-innovation-award-and-national-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/omak-ffa-receives-innovation-award-and-national-convention#Comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:26:21 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161029941 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.

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Yelm FFA named model of excellence winner at national convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/yelm-ffa-named-model-of-excellence-winner-at-national-convention http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161024/yelm-ffa-named-model-of-excellence-winner-at-national-convention#Comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:20:40 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161029942 INDIANAPOLIS — The Yelm FFA Chapter in Washington has been named the 2016 National Model of Excellence Chapter Award winner at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

All chapters that receive national three-star ratings are eligible to compete for the national Model of Excellence award.

Yelm FFA received 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, chapter and community development divisions.

Yelm FFA was given a week by the Yelm High School administration to develop an event to distribute spirit materials for a “Pink Out” breast cancer awareness football game. Through the chapter’s efforts, 368 Yelm High School students received pink face paint, hair dye or spirit materials and together created a “sea of pink” to raise breast cancer awareness among students, parents and community members.

A s a result of the event, the chapter recruited six new FFA members who were inspired by the cause. This chapter also conducts other activities throughout the year, such as a leadership lock in, the McKenna Elementary Science Fair and a Hop for Hunger.

The Model of Excellence award is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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Valley Wide Co-op donates $3,800 to West Side FFA http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161018/valley-wide-co-op-donates-3800-to-west-side-ffa http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161018/valley-wide-co-op-donates-3800-to-west-side-ffa#Comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:16:43 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161019882 DAYTON, Idaho — Valley Wide Cooperative and Valley Agronomics LLC donated $3,800 to the West Side School District, which will use the funds to build a local greenhouse.

The West Side FFA students will be working with their advisers to put the greenhouse together. The greenhouse will serve as not only a place the students can grow and sell flowers and plant starts, but will be a classroom setting for two new programs: herbology and soil science.

The students will have hands-on experience with both classes that will be taught by the ag teachers.

There are currently 90 students enrolled in the program and 85 of those students are enrolled in the FFA program.

“With Valley Wide’s contribution the students at West Side will be able to utilize the greenhouse to facilitate hands on learning in plant and soil science, as well as provide fundraising opportunities” stated Mitch Bowles, FFA adviser and ag instructor for the Dayton High School.

“Valley Wide Cooperative has a direct impact on the communities that we serve. We are excited to be able to provide funds to the West Side School District to help the youth further their ag education,” said Jason Pollard, director of marketing for Valley Wide Cooperative.

Since 1920 Valley Wide Cooperative has been helping farmers and ranchers build their homes and businesses through dedication and expertise. Valley Wide is involved in every community we are a part of, and we are helping to cultivate and strengthen the current and next generation of farmers.

For more information, please visit www.valleywidecoop.com

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FFA honors board member for going ‘extra mile’ http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161017/ffa-honors-board-member-for-going-extra-mile http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161017/ffa-honors-board-member-for-going-extra-mile#Comments Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:49:31 -0500 CRAIG REED http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161019903 UMPQUA, Ore. — Elin Miller was a seven-year member of FFA as a young adult. She said those FFA experiences were strong influences on her future, providing her the skills that led to a successful business career with major corporations and government agencies.

For the past 20 years, Miller has been giving back to that program that helped set her future.

The National FFA Organization will recognize Miller’s volunteer efforts by presenting her with the VIP Citation at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Ind. The honor will be awarded to Miller Friday. It recognizes “individuals who have provided exceptional support of school-based agricultural education and FFA.”

Miller was a four-year member of FFA at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., and then a three-year member while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson.

“FFA changed my life personally,” said Miller, who with her husband, Bill, owns and works a hazelnut orchard in the Umpqua area. “I would not have had the career opportunities if not for the leadership skills and the technical aspects of agriculture that FFA taught me.

“I learned as much in high school through FFA competing in contests as I did in advance classes at the university,” she added.

Miller’s career included working for Shell Oil in its agriculture division, for Dow Chemical in its public affairs global division and for Dow AgroSciences. She was also executive director of Western Agricultural Chemicals Association and was a presidential appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency for Region 10, which includes Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

She serves on several company boards, both locally and nationally.

Her past 20 years with FFA have included being a member of the National FFA Foundation board for the last seven years. She chaired the board for one year.

Miller helped establish the Individual Giving Council that is part of the national foundation.

“That council has put more emphasis on reaching back to FFA alumni and to other supporters and sponsors for contributions,” Miller explained. “...Most of the contributions to FFA had come from corporations, small and large, like 85 percent. Now we’re starting to move in the direction of seeking contributions from individuals.”

At the end of this year, Miller will be stepping down from the national board.

“I’m very surprised,” she said of being recognized with the VIP Citation honor. “It’s a bit of a capstone and a culmination of having reconnected with FFA over the last 20 years. I’ve put a lot of effort back into the organization.”

Miller, however, plans to continue to support FFA by helping the Oregon FFA Foundation with its fundraising.

The National FFA Organization has about 630,000 members.

A news release from the national office credited Miller with going “the extra mile” for FFA.

“Outstanding dedicated people like you deserve most of the credit for changing the lives of these young people,” Steve Brown, National FFA adviser and board chairman, wrote in a statement to Miller. “It is an honor to publicly recognize your outstanding support of our youth and agricultural education.”

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Kuna FFA auction raises over $45,000 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161005/kuna-ffa-auction-raises-over-45000 http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20161005/kuna-ffa-auction-raises-over-45000#Comments Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:33:47 -0500 Savannah StroebelKuna FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016161009935 On Sept. 26 the Kuna, Idaho, FFA hosted their annual Alumni Scholarship Auction.

Local members, businesses, family and friends throughout the valley gathered together to support the Kuna FFA Chapter.

The auction proceeds go toward college scholarships, Washington Leadership Conference scholarships, Greenhand FFA scholarships, leadership conference travel, career development event travel, national FFA convention travel and classroom technology. This year’s Alumni Scholarship Auction brought in over $45,000.

The evening started off with a pork dinner served to all the guests. The silent auction began at 6 p.m. where people were able to purchase items donated by local businesses and families. They were also able to purchase an FFA member’s labor for three hours as a thank you for helping support the chapter.

The chapter also held an online auction that lasted until Thursday, Sept. 29.

At 7 p.m. the live auction began. Senior FFA members presented items such as a cattle chute built by the students, a trailer built by the students, a project heifer and a gun safe.

There is a specific part of the live auction called Raise The Paddle in which the proceeds raised go only towards sending students to the Washington Leadership Conference next summer. This year, Raise the Paddle brought in $17,450 donated by 76 people that will go directly toward WLC scholarship money for the students.

The Alumni Scholarship Auction proceeds promote leadership and personal development of Kuna FFA members. The auction is a great way to support the students and help them become the future leaders of the community.

The Kuna FFA Chapter is overwhelmingly grateful for all the support they receive throughout the year, especially at their auction. They would like to thank all those who donated items, 2016 auction buyers, and everyone who came out to support and help put the auction on.

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Fair contest keeps youngsters involved in local beef industry http://www.capitalpress.com/Livestock/20160926/fair-contest-keeps-youngsters-involved-in-local-beef-industry http://www.capitalpress.com/Livestock/20160926/fair-contest-keeps-youngsters-involved-in-local-beef-industry#Comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:13:12 -0500 Tim Hearden http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160929909 RED BLUFF, Calif. — FFA member Kegan Richards got a chance last weekend to show his skills at breeding and raising market-ready steers.

Richards took first in the Tehama District Fair’s annual Producers’ Market Beef contest sponsored by the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association, which judges calves and steers purchased from producers within the county.

Richards is himself a producer, having bought two cows and bred and raised his own fair entries for the past several years. He also won the local producers’ contest two years ago.

“I think it’s awesome because it gives kids with steers from Tehama County a chance to show what they did and it shows that Tehama County can produce really good steers,” said Richards, 18, who won a $250 first prize.

Richards was one of about a dozen competitors in the contest. Among the other youngsters, Amy Stroing of Red Bluff was second and won $150, Melissa Stroing of Red Bluff took third and won $50, Hannah Pritchard of Corning placed fourth, and Charleigh Merkley was fifth.

The entrants also had a chance to win a belt buckle, as judges interviewed them and considered the overall quality of their projects and their breeding programs.

In all, 322 youngsters entered animals at the 96th annual Tehama fair in Red Bluff, up slightly from last year, livestock coordinator Carrie Perea said. The cattlemen also gave money to students whose steers finished near the bottom in prices in the auction.

The group has been sponsoring the local producer contest for about a decade as a way to keep youngsters involved in the industry, said cattle producer Matt Pritchard, an agriculture teacher and FFA leader at Red Bluff High School.

“The youth is where we have to start,” Pritchard said. “If we don’t have the youth coming up ... we’re in big trouble.”

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Chelan FFA Horse Evaluation CDE team state champions http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/chelan-ffa-horse-evaluation-cde-team-state-champions http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/chelan-ffa-horse-evaluation-cde-team-state-champions#Comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:30:52 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160929986 Friday, Sept. 16, was a good day to be a Chelan FFA member.

Thirty-four members loaded up in the gray light just before dawn and headed for Othello, Wash., and the Adams County Fair. Their plan was to compete in the judging Career Development Events and to represent their chapter well.

And they did performing well in both the Livestock and Dairy Evaluation CDEs.

But when all the arena dust from the placing classes had settled, all the oral reasons taken, identification tests scored, and team scenario presentations made, the Chelan FFA Horse Evaluation CDE team were state champions and had punched their ticket to the National Horse CDE in Indianapolis, Ind., next month.

The victory marked the fourth time the Chelan FFA has attended the big dance in horse evaluation in the last 12 years.

Katie Gleasman placed second individually and was joined on the team by Ashley Oswald, Stephanie Olivera, Allie Barnes, and Dianna Sanchez.

Team members now prepare to compete at the National FFA Horse CDE, which involves judging four halter classes from Quarter Horse, Paint, Appaloosa, Confirmation Hunters, Arabian, American Saddlebred and Morgan Horses.

They then will judge four performance classes from Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Reining, Trail, English Pleasure (Saddle Seat), Hunter under saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter Hack.

Contestants will then give four sets of oral reasons, two on Halter and two on Performance classes. Students will also have to identify 10 colors/breeds/markings and 10 tack or equipment items.

Then as a team they will complete four practicums that may include but are not limited to hay/feed selection, shoeing equipment for a given job, tacking up a horse, taking vital signs, administering injections or deworming.

Team activity also includes a scenario discussion then presentation concerning nutrition, management, anatomy, marketing or animal welfare.

Students will travel the week of Oct. 16-23.

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Meridian FFA showcases SAEs at Western Idaho Fair http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/meridian-ffa-showcases-saes-at-western-idaho-fair http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/meridian-ffa-showcases-saes-at-western-idaho-fair#Comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:45:23 -0500 Loretta LacyMeridian FFA Reporter http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160929984 The Western Idaho Fair in Boise gives the Meridian FFA chapter a chance to show and sell the livestock Supervised Agricultural Experiences — SAEs — they’ve been working with for the past several months.

Showing isn’t the only option at the fair; it also holds many other agricultural competitions such as tractor driving, livestock judging and dairy judging.

This fair is Ada County’s designated fair. Our chapter was also fortunate to be invited to show at the Canyon County Fair earlier in the summer.

Unlike Canyon County Fair, horses are added into the mix of large animals eligible to show through the Meridian FFA Chapter. The Western Idaho Fair started on Aug. 19 and ended on Aug. 28. While the fair lasts 11 days, the 4-H/FFA Livestock and Horse Show took place from Aug. 18 until Aug. 23. The Meridian FFA Chapter was represented by 42 showmen this year.

The following Meridian members showed horses:

•Ashlyn Schiers: Grand Champion English FFA Hi Point, Grand Champion Gymkhana FFA Hi Point, Grand Champion Ranch Horse FFA, Grand Quarter Horse Breed Award, Reserve Champion FFA Horse Showman, and Reserve Western FFA Hi Point.

• Loretta Lacy: Grand Champion Buckskin Breed Award and Reserve Gymkhana FFA Hi Point.

• Lauren Barker: Reserve English FFA Hi Point and Reserve Champion Ranch Horse FFA.

• Rachel Mansfield: Reserve Arabian Breed Award.

• Alexa Phillips.

• Amy Saleen.

• Mallie Miller.

The following members showed sheep:

• Zach Ball: Reserve Champion Lamb.

• Cody Ball: Reserve FFA Sheep Showman.

• Cameron King: FFA Run-off Showman.

• Dani Turnbough: FFA Run-off Showman.

• Dalton Turnbough: FFA Run-off Showman.

• Trinity Martin.

• Lauren Jackson.

• Kaitlin Muniz.

• Mollie Hiscox.

• Anna Jackson.

• Shelby Peugh.

• Ashton Shaul.

• Caydan Stirm.

• Kaitlin Steppe.

• Brock Shurtz.

• Tyson Hernandez.

• Blake Hilderbrand.

The following members showed swine:

• Ashlee Bowen: 3rd in FFA Swine Showmanship.

• Zach Kerby.

• Ashley Kerby.

• Maddie Bennett.

• Ryan Bennett.

Kate Johnson placed second in her Beef Market class.

The following members showed pygmy goats:

• Emily Pile: Grand Champion FFA Showman.

• Kiara Wetzel: Grand Champion Wether and Reserve Champion FFA Showman.

The following members showed dairy cattle:

• Zach Phillips: Grand Champion FFA Dairy Showman, Grand Champion Holstein & Sr. Cow.

• Siera Horton: Reserve Champion FFA Dairy Showman.

• Jordyn Bettencourt: 3rd in FFA Showmanship and Reserve Champion Jr. Cow.

• Mollie Hiscox.

• Kayla Schubert.

• Cameron King.

• Maddie Bennett.

• Ashton Shaul.

Makayla Buck showed meat goats.

Maddie Bennett — Grand Champion FFA Showman and Grand Champion Senior Nubian — and Ellie Higgins — Reserve Champion FFA Showman and Grand Champion Jr. Nubian — showed dairy goats.

Mikey Eilers won 1st place and Blake Hilderbrand was 2nd in tractor driving.

The following Meridian FFA members all made it to Large Animal Round Robin by being either grand or reserve champion showman in their animal areas through FFA: Zach Ball, Ellie Higgins, Ashlyn Schiers, Zach Phillips, Siera Horton, and Maddie Bennett.

Western Idaho Fair also features a 4-H/FFA Livestock and Dairy Judging Contest using showman’s animals. From Meridian FFA, Cameron King was 3rd in Livestock and Zach Phillips was 4th. For the Dairy portion of the contest, Siera Horton was 2nd and Jordyn Bettencourt was 3rd.

Members of our chapter also spend time preparing and running the Meridian FFA concessions fair booth. At this booth we sell drinks, sno-cones and some small food items during the entire week of the fair. This booth is a large fundraiser for our chapter. The money made here goes to helping members pay for attendance at state and national events.

It takes a large number of dedicated members to run this successfully. Thank you to all who donated their time to volunteer at the booth, as well as those fair competitors and spectators who supported our fundraising goals by making purchases.

The Meridian FFA Chapter would like to thank the 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Co-Superintendents Dana Kolstad and Jack Blattner.

We also owe a huge thank you to all of the department supervisors of Meridian FFA showmen at this fair: Shane Stevenson and Joe Blackstock (Beef), Rhiannon Blum, Shawn Dygert and Michelle Ball (Dairy Cattle), Kim Moore and Ken Feaster-Eytchison (Dairy/Pack Goats), Lorraine Wikoff and Renee Peugh (Meat Goats), Paulette Henderson, Barb Recla, Brett Spencer and Liz Russell (Horse), Sandy Stevenson and Jessica Higher (Sheep), Jerry Berheim, Travis Edwards, Kelsey Bly (Swine) Dan Cecil (Pygmy Goat), Alan Heikkila (Tractor Driving), Brain Twait, Trish Stokes and Steve Wilder (Livestock Judging Contest), Leroy and Quyann Kerby (Large Animal Round Robin), as well as the Expo Idaho Board of Directors: Dave Moore, Steve Russell, Gary Johnson, Bob Batista, Bobbie Nida, Lonna Breshears, Hans Brujin and Kasie Morrison for continuing to make Western Idaho Fair a success.

Showmen who sold animals at the 4-H/FFA Market Sale this year would like to publicly thank Design Flooring, The Berheims, Les Schwab, and Western Heating and Air for being large buyers of our members’ animals at auction this year.

These buyers’ dollars often fund a member’s purchase of their next project animal, which allows that student to continue to develop their premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through FFA.

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Chelan FFA has a good showing at county fair http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/chelan-ffa-has-a-good-showing-at-county-fair http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160920/chelan-ffa-has-a-good-showing-at-county-fair#Comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:50:11 -0500 http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160929985 The Chelan FFA continued their winning ways, when they packed up and headed out for Cashmere, Wash., and the 2016 Edition of the Chelan County Fair.

Members brought with them quarter horses, market hogs, market lambs, meat goats, breeding goats and still life exhibits.

Chelan members picked up right where they left off in Waterville at the NCW District Fair.

Aislinn Davis got things going with the Reserve Champion Meat Goat and Dane Schwartz made it two in row with the Reserve Champion Market Hog.

Dianna Sanchez added the Reserve Champion Rosette for Breeding Goats.

Carlos Vargas added to the ribbon total with a Reserve Champion in Meat Goat Rate of Gain.

Zoee Stamps kept things rolling right along in the horse barn earning Grand Champion Rosettes in Horse Fitting and Showing, Halter, Western Equitation, Trail, and Western Pleasure.

In the still life barn things continued to go in Chelan’s favor with Angel Blanco who had the Grand Champion Vegetable and Dianna Sanchez was the Reserve Champion.

Mario Bravo had both the Grand and Reserve Champion Fruit exhibits.

Dianna Sanchez had the Grand Champion Eggs and Grand Champion Craft Project.

Angel Blanco had the Grand Champion Photography and Sarah Goyne was Reserve Champion.

Yesina Saucedo had the Grand Champion Ag Mech Utility Skill exhibit and Wyatt Habich was Reserve Champion.

Kenny Reeves had both the Grand and Reserve Champion Educational Display-Wildlife Exhibit.

Ebelia Guitierrez and Tyler Higgins had the Grand and Reserve Champion Agronomy plant mount exhibit.

Mario Bravo was the Overall Horticulture Grand Champion aned Angel Blanco was reserve.

On Friday Fitting and Showing Day in the barns, Chelan did well again.

Jessie Oules was the Reserve Champion Sheep Showman, 7 of the 9 FFA members in the Swine Final Drive were Chelan FFA Hog Showman with Dane Schwartz winning Grand and Kenny Reeves earning Reserve.

Chelan was well represented in the Meat Goat Final Drive with 7 of 8 coming from Chelan with Michael Tutino winning Grand and Ashley Oswald winning Reserve. Six of the 9 FFA members in the Round Robin were Chelan FFA members and Jessie Oules came out the Reserve all around showman for the entire fair.

In Career Development Events members placed 1st in Poultry Judging with Stephanie Olivera 1st and Carlos Vargas and Ashley Oswald 9th and 10th individually.

Chelan Placed 2nd in Tractors with Michael Tutino 2nd, Jake Horlebien 5th, and Logan Oules 9th.

A second place finish was also won in Livestock with Matt Fitzpatrick 3rd, Ashley Oswald 4th, Stephanie Olivera 5th, and Dane Schwartz 5th.

Chelan placed 4th in Horse Judging with Allie Barnes 10th. And rounded things out with a 4th Place finish in Produce Judging and earning a 2nd place banner in the Sweepstakes.

All in all an outstanding fair season the Chelan FFA. They will compete in the State Horse CDE on Friday, Sept. 16, and then State Tractors and State Potato Grading on Nov. 16 and Apple Judging starts in mid-November as well with State Apples finishing up the first of December.

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Washington FFA Foundation hires full-time director http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160915/washington-ffa-foundation-hires-full-time-director http://www.capitalpress.com/FFA/20160915/washington-ffa-foundation-hires-full-time-director#Comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:24:52 -0500 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160919937 Marissa Dunn is the new executive director of the Washington State FFA Foundation, a position that has been expanded to become full-time.

“FFA makes such a positive difference in the lives of its members regarding their personal leadership development and their future career success,” said Dunn. “One of our main objectives is to connect agriculture businesses and organizations with individuals in Washington FFA to create great opportunities.”

The foundation also places a priority on supporting agricultural teachers, Dunn said.

Dunn lives on a farm in Central Washington with her husband and daughter, raising apples, pears, hay and cattle. She grew up in Spokane County, showing sheep and competing at the state convention all four years of high school.

She was a state FFA officer and a national officer candidate. After high school, she worked a legislative session in Olympia for the Washington State Grange.

“The FFA is the organization that personally gave me such remarkable opportunities to learn, travel and develop leadership skills,” she said. “I want this organization to be very successful, and I want FFA to continue to make a difference in the lives of students across the state — just like it did for me.”

Dunn replaces Stewart Padelford, who held the position on a part-time basis for 6 1/2 years.

The foundation first began in the 1970s, but had been inactive for years, Padelford said.

Padelford said he wanted to get the foundation to the point that the position could be full-time.

“We were trying to re-energize it, and I think we’ve accomplished that,” he said.

Padelford’s last day was July 30, but he has been helping with the transition.

“I think she has all the necessary tools and skills to make the foundation grow,” he said.

Padelford is proudest of emphasizing career awareness for FFA members, building connections between FFA and the industry and developing a three-day program in the summer that gives students the opportunity to meet with ag leaders.

Dunn said financial support and volunteers are the foundation’s biggest needs for the future. Corporate and individual investments help continue leadership programs, state career development events and to support members and state officers travel to various events, including nationals, and purchase FFA jackets for members who can’t afford them.

“If anyone has the time and passion to help his or her local chapter, it makes a tremendous difference,” she said. “Anyone who can be available to help with career development events, fairs, scholarship applications, the state convention, leadership trainings, travel and/or additional resources, we’d certainly love to connect with them.”

Online

http://waffafoundation.org/

Contact Dunn at marissa@washingtonffa.org

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Five Washington FFA chapters are national award finalists http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20160913/five-washington-ffa-chapters-are-national-award-finalists http://www.capitalpress.com/Washington/20160913/five-washington-ffa-chapters-are-national-award-finalists#Comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:27 -0500 Matw Weaver http://www.capitalpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2016160919959 Five Washington State FFA programs are finalists for national FFA awards, and a state adviser says it’s a sign of creativity and innovation from student members.

The Elma and Goldendale FFA chapters are national finalists for the National FFA Organization’s 2016 Model of Innovation awards for student development for logging rodeo and non-traditional agriculture career programs, respectively.

The Omak chapter is a finalist for the national Model of Innovation award for chapter development for its officer mascot’s social media campaign.

The Ephrata chapter is a finalist for the national Model of Innovation community development award for highway crop signs with the Quincy Rotary.

The Yelm chapter is a finalist for the Model of Excellence award.

“I think it’s really significant when you look at the size and scope of our national organization,” said Rebecca Wallace, Washington FFA adviser and agricultural education program supervisor in the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Having one of the top 10 chapters in the nation as an overall program means they’re one of the best. That’s huge.”

Every chapter in good standing in the nation is eligible for such recognition, Wallace said, noting there are more than 7,000 chapters.

The national organization is looking for programs that are “new, different, exciting – you really have to be quite innovative,” Wallace said.

Wallace believes it’s the first time Washington has had this much recognition in one year.

“It speaks to the good works being done in the communities across the state, the strong leadership and dedication from our agricultural educators and the creativity and innovation that our students have when they’re putting together their program activities,” she said.

Students plan the activities, Wallace said.

“Statistically, to have five finalists out of one state across the nation being recognized, I think that speaks volumes,” Wallace said.

The programs also benefit from the participation of local communities, Wallace said.

“Most certainly, the programs that have the most success means they’re really drilled in to their local industry partners,” she said.

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