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.

Strengthening Agriculture
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

Riverton FFA
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.

Range Management
Placing Winner Chapter
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

Powell-Shoshone FFA
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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
Placing Winner
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