Tricounty News

Infinite Potential at the Nat'l FFA Convention

By Tracy Nelson, FFA Advisor

Oct. 19-24, nine members of the Kimball FFA, along with their advisor Ms. Nelson, traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 83rd National FFA Convention. They joined the more than 57,000 FFA members ready to experience their Infinite Potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the consolidation of the FFA and the National Farmers of America (organization for African-American agriculture students) and the retirement of long-time national advisor Dr. Larry Case.

Members were inspired by speakers Josh Shipp and Kevin Carroll, and the national FFA officer team. They learned about agricultural business and colleges at the career fair. They also toured the Indianapolis Zoo and learned how landfill gases provide power at the Southside Landfill and Greenhouse. They were entertained by Lady Antebellum at a private concert for the FFA. Furthermore, they met FFA members from across the country and made some new friends on the 14-hour bus ride.

Kimball FFA members attending the convention include Matt Massmann, Andrew Kieke, Luke Serbus, Kateyln Asfeld, Lauren Edwards, Olivia Fisher, Jon Massmann, Ellen Rainer, and Erin Wicker. We would like to thank local business Arnold's, A.M. Maus & Sons, Millcreek Dairy, Luxemberg Feeds, Faber Building Supplies, Watkins Vet Clinic, and Farmers State Bank of Watkins for their generous donations to our trip.

FFA trivia: The Future Farmers of America was established in 1928. In 1988 the name was changed to reflect the broad spectrum of agriculture. Today the National FFA Organization is one of the largest youth organizations in the country.

Kimball Dairy Foods Team advances to state competition

Kimball FFA members Katelyn Asfeld, Luke Serbus, and Michaela Tagney took third place in the regional dairy foods contest and will advance to compete at the state FFA convention in May. The contest consists of cheese and milk identification, milk quality and equipment practicum, and a written exam. Serbus ranked second individually in the contest; Asfeld was sixth in a field of 60 competitors.

FFA trivia: Kimball FFA won the state foods contests in 1982 and 1991. The 1991 Team consisting of Kathy Kuechle, Mona Lampi, and L. Donnay was sixth in the national contest.