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Strawberry delivery set: Tuesday, March 13. Pick up needs to be after school and all strawberries need to go. I have no storage for them. The FFA has an event that evening so please arrange to pick up at 3:30 p.m.

Columbus FFA 2018-19 Officer Team: On Monday, Feb. 16, the Columbus FFA chapter voted for the 2018-19 officer team. Congratulations to Abbygail Hayes, President; Steven Taylor, Vice-President; Amanda Dunbar, Secretary; Colby Miller, Treasurer; Emma Paulson, Reporter; Garret Baerwolf, Sentinel.

Columbus FFA Committees: The Columbus FFA Chapter has established four committees that will be standing committees for the 2018-19 school year. The chapter officers asked FFA members to sign up for committee chair positions. Corrina Larson volunteered to serve as the Committee Advisor and will oversee all four committees. The four committees include: Public Relations, Fundraising, Member Development and Community Service. All FFA members are encouraged to sign up for one of the committees. Serving as a committee member or committee chair is a requirement for FFA members to get their State FFA degree. The purpose of these committees is to get more FFA members involved in chapter activities and alleviate some of the workload from the officer team.

March 12: Sectional Speaking Contest-Columbus FFA members will compete in the sectional speaking contest Monday, March 12 in Lodi. Corrina Larson will compete in the Creed, Kyle Paulson in discussion meet, Colin Damm in Prepared and Employability Skills and the Parli Pro team including Kyle Paulson, Abbygail Hayes, Hailey Schoenherr, Amanda Dunbar, Lacey Schleicher, and Garret Baerwolf (alternate Nick Schleicher).

March 13, agribusiness dinner: Tickets are on sale at Farmers and Merchants Bank and Club 60. The dinner is Tuesday, March 13 and there will be a comedian for entertainment after the meal. The Columbus FFA Chapter officer team will be emceeing the event and share a presentation about the chapter’s program of activities for 2017-18.

EDGE/212 Conference: March 23-24 — Columbus FFA is sending five FFA members to EDGE conference including Molly Damm, Noah Fettig, Morgan Baerwolf, Griffin Hughland and Emma Paulson and five members to 212 conference including Amanda Dunbar, Corrina Larson, Colby Miller, Bailey Raether and Kyle Kilian. The FFA members will learn about leadership, teamwork and cooperation.

Proficiency Applications: Three Columbus FFA members submitted proficiency applications to the state competition. Abbygail Hayes submitted two applications, one in Dairy Production Placement and the other in Organic Farming. Kyle Paulson submitted an application in Diversified Crop Production and Colin Damm submitted one in Forage Production. The students applications are based on their Supervised Agricultural Experience records they maintain in the AET online record keeping system. The applications will be judged on March 9-10 at the Chula Vista in Wisconsin Dells. The students will find out how they did at the annual FFA banquet.

Veterinary Science: The students spent the week learning about anatomy and physiology of animals. It was an exciting week with a visit from a heifer calf. The students were able to review muscle anatomy and learn about calf care. Later in the week the focus was on the respiratory system and the nervous system. The students made a model neuron out of beads to help them better understand the structure of a neuron and its anatomical parts. The week ended with the students learning about taking the temperature, pulse and respiration rate of animals. They learned how to use a stethoscope and could listen to their own heart and respiration. Each day the students expand their medical terminology and practice using these terms in labeling diagrams and applying them to case studies. Four students in the class have decided to form a Veterinary Science team that will compete at UW-Platteville March 22 in the FFA regional contest. If they score high enough they will advance to the state competition. Dalynn Sturz, Victoria Zenefski, Rhianna VanLoo and Grace Dynes are working with their coach Jerry Gaska to learn medical tools, vocabulary and breed identification to prepare for the competition.

Greenhouse Management: The class learned about greenhouse structures and systems this week. They reviewed various styles of structures and analyzed the CHS greenhouse for space and structure. The students also finally had seedling large enough to set up the hydroponics system. The students learned how to wash the plant roots free of all media, how to plant them in the hydroponics system, how to test the pH of the water and how to add nutrients. A second system was set up on Friday using the water from the fish tank. This will be an aquaculture system that will use the nitrogen from the fish to grow the plants. The students learned how to set up this system, plant the seedlings, test the water pH and measure the proper nutrients to add to the water in addition to the fish water. The students are excited to compare these two systems with growing the same type of plants in pots in media. The plants they are growing include lettuce, peas, tomatoes and peppers. The harvested produce will be washed and shared with the school lunch program.

Food, Forest and Wildlife: The third quarter students learned about worms this week. They have learned a lot about worm anatomy and behavior. They conducted a lab to find out if worms like dry or moist, smooth or rough and light or dark environments. The students discovered that most of the worms liked moist, smooth and dark conditions. They then put their worms in the worm motel. The students will observe the worm motel on Monday to see the burrows the worms dig. The students really enjoyed this squirmy science.

Animals, Plants and Food Science: This week the students learned about the classification system and how animals and plants get their names. They practiced naming a new species in an activity called Whatchamacallit. They drew a picture based off of notes and then named the new species giving it a common name and a Genus species name or scientific name. The students continue to review the correct animal terminology for age, sex, and groups of specific breeds. The class practiced labeling the external anatomy of livestock animals including dairy, beef, sheep, swine and horse. The week ended with lessons on management practices used in the livestock industry to keep animals comfortable, make animals safe, and for convenience. The students enjoyed seeing firsthand the tools and equipment used in livestock management and production.