FFA Is Off to a Productive Start

The FFA began the year by selling over $19,000 worth of chrysanthemums.

Money from the fundraiser will be used for a variety of projects and events, including the National Convention, which will be held October 26-29.

In August, the FFA refurbished the ag building by installing roofing-tin wainscoting in the classroom.  

On September 15, they went to Missouri University’s Career Exploration Field Day to learn about how to apply pesticides properly, use a drone, and identify common native plants in Missouri. They learned about different agricultural-related career opportunities, such as conservation and health.

They also went to Missouri State University to participate in the Annual Farm Safety Day on September 23. They received training on how to administer vaccines, handle cattle, and operate farm equipment.

The annual Greenhand Conference for new FFA members was held on Tuesday, September 27. FFA Advisor Viktoria Branstetter took new members and Area-12 reporter senior Mathurin Aldrich, who helped lead two of the training sessions.

“It’s important because it introduces you to the basics of the FFA and helps get everyone excited about the programs,” Mathurin said.

-Luke Lorenz