Tri-County FFA Meats Judging Team
Places 6th in Nation
By Travis Scherer
Tri-County FFA meats judging team traveled to Denver, Colorado from
January 7th to January 10th. The team competed in the national meats
judging contest that was in conjunction with Western National 4-H
Roundup and the National Western Stock Show. Tri-County represented
Indiana by placing second last year at the state competition.
Team members were Chance Cochran, Jada Rance, Jordan Stearns and
Ashley Peterson. The team placed beef carcasses, pork carcasses,
hams, pork loin rib chops, beef loins, and beef ribs. They also identified
30 retail meat cuts that you would find in your local grocery meat counter.
They also gave three sets of oral reasons which is the explaining why
how you placed a class to a judge. The team competed at the research
facility of JBS located in Greely, Colorado. JBS is the largest producer
of protein in the world. Along with placing 6th overall, the team placed
third in the nation in oral reasons led by Ashley’s 6th place finish and
Jada’s 8th place finish in oral reasons. The team traveled to University of
Wyoming for a practice contest hosted by their animal science meat lab.
The team took part in the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and
ate at Denver’s oldest restaurant, the Buckhorn Exchange.
Life Skills News
Life Skills students took one of many outings to the
Remington Post Office to learn about where and how
to pay bills, mail/receive mail or ship boxes. One of the
many lessons the students learn is independence and
the post office could also become a job in the future.
The students also learn about the fundamentals of
sorting, reading, and working with others. Sunny day
brings Life Skills students out to the Memory Garden
during reading class. The students were engaged in
work in a different atmosphere and really enjoyed the
Successful Farm to School Garden
By Travis Scherer
Last spring with the assistance of a National FFA Food for All Grant, Tri-County FFA members and agriculture
students prepared and planted the school garden. The grant provided plants and supplies while the Agriculture
Technology class tilled and expanded the garden and the Plant and Soil Science class planted and tended the
garden this spring. Adult and student volunteers helped with weeding, harvesting and delivering produce over
the summer to White County Food Pantry, Wolcott United Methodist Church and Good Samaritan Food Pantry.
Over 250 pounds of produce were donated over the summer to the food pantries.
As school began this fall, the Horticulture class and
Landscape Management class tended to the school
garden and harvested over 100 pounds of produce
for the school salad bar and general use in the school
kitchen. Also educational materials will be distributed
to all students in the school corporation over the topics
of healthy eating, gardening and hunger awareness.
Tri-County FFA would like to thank National FFA
for their support of the school garden along with
Monsanto that provided the original grant to begin our
farm to school initiatives.