Local news article that featured School Land Lab

There was recently an article featured on WZZM News that showed the Coopersville Alumni and FFA Chapter Land Laboratory. The Laboratory is located on 54 acres to the North of the Middle School building off of Cleveland Avenue. Thank you to all those who help make it possible. The link to the article is located below:

http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/coopersville/future-farmers-call-on-great-grandpa-to-bring-in-the-crop/353539611

A huge Thank You to Langeland Farms for harvesting the Corn this fall.

Please enjoy the article!

 

 

FFA Jacket Awarded

Thanks to Syngenta Corporation and our Local supporters, Trevor Clayton of Syngenta and Kevin Schoenborn of Wilbur-Ellis. Our chapter was chosen to receive a free FFA Jacket to Award to a member at the discretion of the chapter. This year the FFA Officer team selected Freshman Tyler Davis as the recipient. Tyler was quite active in the Middle School FFA and had been to all of our High School meetings early in the year already. The chapter will also receive a scholarship check from Syngenta to help pay for program costs. Pictured here are Beka McDonald, Darren Kulicamp, Tyler Davis, Andrea Serba and Jessica Zahm. Thanks to Syngenta!

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Botany Class tours Local Greenhouse producer

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The Botany class from Coopersville High School was recently able to tour Hortech Industries of Spring Lake, located on M-104. Students were given the Tour by Mr Chris Howe who has been with the company for approximately 30 years. He is shown here speaking to the class about transplanting techniques and marketing aspects of the business. He also showed them the propagation area and explained the LiveWall and LiveRoof divisions of the company. Their firm is highly engaged in showing property owners how to reduce operation costs like heating and cooling by using living plants to act as living pieces of insulation that add to the profits of a company. They also provide displays inside companies/businesses that can be living pieces of art as well as clean the air and environment.  You can see some of their work locally at the Grand Rapids Downtown Marketplace. Thank you to Hortech for the chance to tour with them.

Broiler Contest participants do well

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Nine members of the Chapter attended the State Broiler contest in Fowlerville on November 3rd. They each took 3-5 of the Broiler chickens that they produced for evaluation by Dr Kaercher with the MSU Animal Science department. They were evaluated for Weight, Uniformity, Muscling and multiple aspects of record keeping that was submitted in a final report by each entry. The contest was held over a 3 day period with over 400 entries from around the state. Jossilyn Maycroft received a Gold award for her entry and the Chapter received a Silver Award. We would like to thank Mrs Christine Zahm for helping as a chaperone as well.

October Chapter Recreation

 

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Members had a fun time out carving pumpkins, drinking cider, eating hot dogs and relaxing by the fire recently at Advisor, Kent Bollingers house. Pictured here you can see some of the creations that were designed and cut out. The pumpkin to the right was created by Reese Watson and really knocked everyone over with its great amount of detail. Nice Job Reese. The chapter will hold its monthly meeting on November 14th at 7:30 pm in Mr Bollingers classroom (B117) at the High School. All new and old members are welcome. On the agenda we will be discussing, the Annual Citrus Sale fundraiser, Broiler contest results, Santa Parade in Coopersville and lots of other projects. See you then.

National Convention 2016

Thirteen members attended National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on October 18-21st. The Greenhand Conduct of Meetings team took 16th place. This was the fifth year of the contest and next year will be completly vested as a full national competition. Our members attended business sessions, workshops and the Career Expo with over 400 Universities and colleges. There were also more than 300 Ag related companies with displays about future careers in Agricultural sciences and many related fields for our students to strive for in the future. We also toured Connor Prairie Farm and museum which is located north of Indianapolis. Members saw a working farm from the mid 19th century with numerous historical components. We would like to thank our Parents and chaperones who went along with us, they included Christy Rozema, Jenni DeVos, Maria Kober and Karla Twork.

 

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Hehl Farm Dedication

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Congratulations go out to Matt and Amy Hehl Family and Farm on the dedication of their farm as the first Farm in Ottawa County to receive full Farmland Preservation title without the use of Public Tax dollars. A ceremony was held that featured local,  county and state representatives from the agriculture industry. The Hehls were quick to point out that this has been a goal since 2008 and is the result of many generations of their family with a dedication to agriculture while focusing on the local level. Members are seen here with Mr Matt Hehl and Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski.

 

Broiler Contest has begun

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The chicks for the Broiler contest arrived last evening and were distributed among the ten teams entered. The chapter ordered 400 birds this year and will be taking 3-5 per team to the contest judging in Fowlerville on November 3rd. The birds will be judged on finish, muscling, uniformity and freedom from defects and blisters. There will be nearly 500 entries this year according to early registrations. Good Luck!

Members will be taking the entries in on November 3rd for evaluation. We will leave the school around noon and return about 5:30 pm.

Window project completed

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Shown here are FFA members Amiya Twork, Arden Bouchard and Reese Watson working on window installation project at CHS Ag Barn Lab facility. The members wish to thank Mr Pete Twork and Advisor Kent Bollinger for construction of the windows and their help installing. We also need to send out a Big THANK YOU to Mr Andy Beers and Woodsman Financial of Coopersville for making the project possible by paying for needed materials.

Tractor Restoration Looks great

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The Tractor Committee did a great job on the Restoration of this Model “M”. Committee members of Brent Graftema, Brandon Graftema, Arden Bouchard, Levi Kaminski and Michael Wolgamott have a lot to be proud of. The Block was reworked, all electrical was replaced, new tires and exhaust. The committee plans to submit this as an entry for this coming years Delo Tractor restoration project. The tractor shown here at the Berlin fair, was also displayed at the Allendale Steam and Engine show and at Buckley Antique show. Way to go guys.