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FFA activities

This week: Due to the weather, it was a very short week.

Award Applications: Three FFA members have been working on their Wisconsin State FFA Degrees. Abbygail Hayes, Kyle Paulson and Hailey Schoenherr are all applying for this high honor. Abbygail Hayes is also applying for the Star Placement Award. This award recognizes the top FFA members based on their overall SAE experience. FFA members must apply for their State FFA Degree and complete the Star Battery to compete for a position as one of the Star Finalists in each of the Star categories. The four Star areas include Star Farmer, Star Placement, Star Agribusiness and Star Agriscience. The Star Farmer and Star Placement areas will each select ten finalists and the Star Agribusiness and Star Agriscience will each have five finalists. These are the highest awards an FFA member can achieve at the state level. The Columbus FFA Chapter is proud of all three of the State Degree candidates and wish them luck in being recognized by the Wisconsin Association of FFA.

Strawberry Sale: The strawberry forms are in the FFA members hands. Please help promote this sale! The funds raised will help provide more opportunities for FFA members. The chapter can help cover registration fees, travel costs, and dues for FFA members to be more involved at the chapter, state and national level. Forms need to be returned by Feb. 15 to Mrs. Crook. Please have checks made out to Columbus High School. Our goal is to sell a whole pallet!

Chapter Officer Applications: The Columbus FFA Chapter officer applications are available for any FFA member to apply to run for an officer position for the 2019-2020 school year. The applications can be found in the Ag room at the high school or by asking Mrs. Crook. The applications are due by Feb. 11. The elections will take place at the Feb. 18 chapter meeting.

Upcoming events

Chapter meeting: The Columbus FFA February meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 at the high school in the Ag room. The middle school meeting will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the chapter meeting at 7:30. The election of the 2019-2020 FFA officer team will take place at this meeting. All members should plan to attend to vote for the new officer team. All officer candidates are required to attend and will give a candidate statement prior to the election.

National FFA Week: The FFA members will be planning for National FFA Week for the next couple of weeks. They will be working on promotional items and event planning in preparation for the week of Feb. 17-23. The FFA members look forward to this week every year!

Agriscience Class

Veterinary Science: The Veterinary Science class has been learning about zoonotic diseases. Each student researched one zoonotic disease to share with the class. They are currently viewing the movie “Outbreak” to learn how quickly a disease can spread and what measures are taken in the event of a pandemic. The students will discuss options if the zoonotic disease they researched were to become a health concern or pandemic.

Greenhouse Management: The students finished their salsa garden plans, label designs and seed lists. The class will be planting seeds this week. The students have also been learning about the four major plant phylums or groups. They are also studying plant identification and will continue with this throughout the term. The class has cleaned up the greenhouse to begin preparing for the spring bedding plants.

Food, Forests and Wildlife: The sixth grade students have focused on agricultural careers this past week. They have researched one career that they will dress up for the Ag Career Fashion show this coming week. The students have learned about many different careers in the agricultural industry and that Columbus has a number of agricultural businesses providing career opportunities.

Pizza, Pets and Plants: The students in both the A and B day have been learning about how important soil is for growing and producing all of the food we eat. They conducted a pizza lab to trace all of the ingredients back to the soil. They also learned about how soil is formed and how to identify soil layers. The students will be digging deeper into soil in the next few weeks!