Fayette FFA 9.17

Written by David Green.

By DARRELL RANDALL

It’s a brand new school year, in a brand new school and Fayette FFA is kicking off the year with a lot to do early on.

First is the soil judging competition. Members will have the opportunity to compete in the rural soil judging county and district contests. While at this contest, members will judge the soil to determine its usefulness in the agricultural industry. The Ag. Science II class members will be the main contestants in the contest this year.

Next up on the busy schedule for the Fayette FFA is a little bit of traveling. The first year FFA members will head to Greenhand FFA camp in Carrollton, Ohio, for three days filled with activities. Members will meet many other first year members from other Ohio chapters and will be able to learn about the many opportunities that FFA has to offer.

In late October, the FFA officer team will attend for the second time the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind. These members will take part in many of the conventions activities such as, leadership workshops, motivational speakers and an agricultural career show. While in Indianapolis, members will also have the opportunity to tour local business to learn about their daily operations.

The FFA is supported by an FFA Alumni group—an organization that supports the local FFA chapter. Anyone can be a member of the Fayette FFA Alumni, whether they were FFA members in high school or not. The first informational meeting for the group is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the High School Ag. Room. For more information, contact Ms. Wise at [email protected] or by calling the school.

Finally, the Fayette FFA has had a great amount of support and assistance with their two test plots this year. The four-acre test plot in town was planted to soybeans and cared for by Dwight Mansfield. The 8.5 acres behind the high dchool was planted with the help of Jeff Martin, Fred Stockburger, Agri-Services of Archbold and FFA members Kalley Martin, Parker Stockburger and Jacob West.

We thank these FFA members and members of the community for continued support in our chapter.

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