With the year coming into the home stretch, the FFA is scheduled for some very important events coming up in the next few weeks. One is the Murray State competition, which involves the entire FFA and allows each member to exhibit a different skill at the Ag Field Day. The competition is a big one and allows FFA chapters throughout the Midwest region to compete in each single competition. The second event is the Southeastern Illinois College Expo Day where skills such as welding, electricity, construction, and mechanics are shown. The livestock judging at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale will feature types of livestock such as cattle, hogs, and goats. Local Tri-state schools will compete in these competitions to showcase the skills learned throughout Ag classes this year.
The NCOE FFA was very grateful for the $2500 the Monsanto fund awarded to it in the past weeks. The fund will enable the Ag department to purchase newer tools and equipment to increase the ability to learn new skills and trades.
In recent competition news, the FFA participated in the section horticulture contest. The team placed third overall, along with the top individual, which was Mr. Trenton Johnson.
Lastly, the freshman Ag class has completed a very generous act. Each individual of the class created a bird house, which the freshman do each year. However, this year, the class decided to donate their birdhouses to a good cause. The houses were donated to Ten Mile Game Refuge and to a local nursing home to house the birds and keep them close for viewing.
The FFA is grateful for the funds received and the opportunity to help out our local community. We hope to end the year on a great note!