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.

Farm Bureau Dinner

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Several Coopersville FFA members attended the Farm Bureau Membership Summer Picnic at Eastmanville Farm on August 4th. Members assisted with parking cars and were then invited to stay for dinner and activities that followed. The main event after dinner was a legislative chat with various levels of our political representatives.

Thank you to West Michigan Vet Services

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We would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to WMVS of Coopersville for their continued support through the Zoetis Industry Support Program. Zoetis is a National Corporate Supporter of FFA and this program generates dollars to local chapters each year based on product sales from Veterinary Clinics that voluntarily participate in this rebate program. This year our chapter received over $700.00! Thank you to all of our friends at Coopersville offices of West Michigan Veterinary Services.

 

Garden Harvesting and delivery 2016

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Once again this summer our garden crews were busy harvesting and delivering produce from the Eastmanville Farm Community Garden. A big thanks goes out to the top picture crew of Beka McDonald, Trevor Dietrich, Brittany Kamstra, Amiya Twork and Ben Trosper. Shown in the second picture is Clayton DeVos, Jessica Zahm and Macinze Knuth. We harvested and delivered over 3,000 pounds of Produce to Feeding America of West Michigan, Coopersville Cares and our Buddies at John Ball Zoo. Delivering in the third picture are Clayton DeVos and Tyler Rozema, they are seen here at the commissary of the Zoo. The produce that could not be used immediately was freeze dried and stored. Good job crew!

Adopt A Highway

 

Members recently spent time cleaning up along our 2 mile stretch of I96 just on the west side of the Marne Exit. This project allows citizens to assist in beautification of our highways around Michigan and has been in place since 1990. We have been an active supporter for over 20 years. Members can perform pick ups three times a year, usually in April, July and September/October. Our members collected over 40 bags of trash on this pick up alone. Pictured are Jessica Zahm, Macinze Knuth and Clayton DeVos. They conducted their Clean up on Earth day, Aprill 22nd. Way to go!image (8)

Annual Member-Parent Banquet

We held our Annual Member-Parent Banquet on Wednesday April 20th, at the Coopersville Farm Museum. Over 170 were in attendance with many awards that were handed out for this years accomplishments. A special thank you to the Perrin family, Mary Willcome, Tinna Gieske, Melissa Bouchard and Christine Zahm for all their help with making things so very wonderful. Both the Middle school and High school programs were able to highlight their accomplishments. The High School awards were as follows :

Star Greenhand – Amiya Twork

Star Chapter Degree – Placement – Karla Willcome

Star Chapter Degree – Production – Arden Bouchard

Creager Memorial Award – Kaitlin Roush

Miller Memorial Award – Brittany Kamstra

Top Salesperson – Karla Willcome

McNitt Award – Levi Kaminski

DeKalb Outstanding Senior – Cassie Perrin

Senior Leadership Award – Cassie Perrin and Kyle Schoenborn

State and Regional contest awards in Leadership and Ag Skills were also reviewed. Those can be found on our website in other articles. Congratulations to all our winners.