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The Chiefland FFA Chapter’s have been very busy lately and have accomplished much.
At the district competition the Agriculture Mechanics team qualified tenth in the state and will get to compete at the state competition at the Florida FFA Convention in June. The team members that will be competing include, Payton Parnell, Dustin Crews, Kyle Weeks and Grayson Gerhard. The high school Aquaculture team including Jacob Wade, Matt Morgan, Kira Telgen and Seth Tummond, won 1st in the state and they will continue on to the state level also. Jacob Wade received a perfect score and was the highest individual in the State. Way to go Jacob. The middle school Aquaculture team qualified 3rd in the state and will be competing at the state level, those team members included CJ Gilbert, Makena Hamilton and Hunter Watson.
FFA also had many team members compete at the Area contest in the Ornamental Horticulture (OH) competitions. The high school had three teams compete and we are very pleased with their results. Whitney Mills got 1st in the Marketing Category, Emily Hallman and Bailey Beauchamp received 1st in the Production category, and Kira Telgen and Hunter Glisson participated in the Artistic Arrangement competition. The middle school had four teams compete and they also received pleasing results. Sam Mills got 1st in the Production category, Reagan Hudson and Tenlee Beauchamp got 1st in the Artistic Arrangement category, Rieley Beauchamp and Luke Andrews participated in the Marketing competition, and Savannah Hudson and Sara Langston participated in the Landscape competition. Moving along, the Middle School Livestock team competed at the Central Florida Fair and those team members included Sam Mills, Alana Wilkerson and Cason Smith. Those that received 1st in any competition will compete at the state competition in June.
Last, during FFA week our Chapter host’s a Fun Day on the Farm event for the Chiefland Elementary School Kindergarteners where we teach them about the importance of agriculture and the various crops that grow around them. We have booths set up where FFA members speak about many different types of produce and animals, some of these included watermelons, oranges, aquaculture, beef cattle, dairy cattle and strawberries. We want to be able to teach these young kids what exactly our farmers do and where the food comes from that they eat and the purpose of the animals around them. We, the FFA officers and advisors, would like to thank the students that helped and the Kindergarten teachers for their cooperation. This is something we look forward to every year, and personally, my favorite part is hearing the children’s responses to all the questions we ask because their imaginations are limitless.