Wyoming’s Chapter of the Year
Little Snake River FFA, Baggs
The Little Snake River FFA members were very busy innovating ways to serve their community this past year. Operation Tiny Tim, a beautification project for a local cemetery, was a fantastic opportunity to give back. Officers and members, as well as community members, planted 500 tulips, placed pieces of antique farm equipment, and laid river rock around the tulips and trees. This project brought pride to the chapter members as well as their entire community in seeing the cemetery restored.
To promote ag advocacy in their school, chapter members raise and sell beef to their school lunch program. They contract to have the beef raised by a certain date. This not only taught members valuable lessons about raising market beef animals and making financial decisions, but also provided high quality local beef for their school. This was shared through the school and local newspapers.
Little Snake River FFA also participates in activities like field trips to lambing operations with elementary school students, and raising a chapter steer. Little Snake River FFA is located in Baggs, Wyoming. They have 46 members, and their Advisor is Mr. Dale Wille.
Innovative Chapter Activities Awards
Building Communities Award
Bow River FFA (Hannah/Elk Mountain) – Sage Grouse Saviors
The Bow River FFA helped become stewards of the land that takes care of agriculture. The members worked with their local conservation district and NRCS to distribute 32,000 sage grouse markers to different local land owners. These markers help make fences more visible to sage grouse and allow agriculturists to lessen their impact on the natural ecosystem.
Growing Leaders Award
Little Snake River FFA (Baggs) – Chapter Steer Program
Teamwork, responsibility, and a steer named Lenard. Little Snake River FFA has developed agricultural leaders by creating teams of 3 within their chapter, led by an officer, to care for the chapter’s steer throughout the winter. Each team was assigned a day of the week, and was responsible for feeding and caring for Lenard two times that day.
Windy City FFA (Kelly Walsh High School, Casper) – Platte River Project
The Windy City FFA Chapter makes sure that the future of agriculture is secure by testing and reporting on water quality in the Platte River. Water is an essential part of all agricultural operations. The Windy City Chapter tests water quality and reports it back to the Wyoming Stream Team to actively assist in evaluating and enhancing the safety of our water.
Outstanding Community Service Project
The Riverton FFA embodied more charity when needed after Hurricane Harvey struck. They leaped into action and started a food and supply drive. Even they couldn’t have guessed that they would gather so much food that they had to get a semi-trailer donated to carry it all. The members and their community gathered literal tons of supplies. When the trailer reached Texas, a local FFA posed with a picture of their jacket and sent it as a thank you.
|High Individual||Hunter Elliott||Chief Washakie FFA|
|Champion Team||Chief Washakie FFA|
|Reserve Champion Team||Lyman FFA|
|3rd Place Team||Jim Bridger FFA|
Champion Agriculture Advocacy Week Essay
Rudy Nesvik, High Plains FFA Chapter, Cheyenne Central High School.
Champion Agriculture Advocacy Week Video
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Champion Ag Teacher
Joe Allen, Frontier FFA chapter, Cheyenne East High School
Mr. Allen is the Ag Teacher at Cheyenne East High School and Advisor for Frontier FFA. He took an unusual path to becoming an ag teacher. He wasn’t in FFA in high school but he fell in love with teaching ag in college. Today he loves to introduce ag to those who, like himself, wouldn’t normally be involved in it. He uses his classroom to farrow pigs and kid goats, as well as uses the school farm to give students the opportunity to raise animals. He and his wife, Rosie, have two daughters.
Greenhand Quiz Bowl
|High Individual||Paige Schooner||Riverton FFA|
|Second High Individual||Abby Kottwitz||Rawhide FFA|
|Third High Individual||Jazlynn Dickinson||Riverton FFA|
|Champion Team||Riverton FFA|
|Reserve Champion Team||High Plains FFA|
|Third Place Team||John B. Kendrick|
|Fourth Place Team||Torrington/Lingle FFA|
|Fifth Place Team||Casper FFA|
|Sixth Place Team||Lander FFA|
Wyoming FFA Talent Competition
Linzy Carpenter & Behlee Aimone, Jim Bridger FFA