Iowa FFA Chapters Claim State Championships for 2009

Iowa FFA Association held its annual Career Development Events for 2009 on the campus of ISU in early June.

Published on: Jun 18, 2009
The Iowa FFA Association held its annual Career Development Events for 2009 at Iowa State University in early June. High School FFA students demonstrated thinking skills and problem solving in several areas of interest. A written examination is included along with a team problem solving activity. The competition among various chapters from around the state resulted in the following teams claiming state championships.

The Iowa FFA has 230 local chapters and 12,000 FFA members in Iowa. FFA is a national organization of more than a half-million members that prepares young people for leadership and careers in science, business and the technology of agriculture. Local, state and national programs provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through ag education.

Diamond Trail FFA Claims State Title in Agronomy

The Diamond Trail FFA Chapter at Monroe was named Champion Agronomy Team in the annual Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development Event held at Iowa State University in Ames on June 4, 2009.

Members of the first place team include: Colton Keuning, Kyle Dop, Kevin Wiggins and Mason Lewis. Their ag education instructor is Mr. Ed Ricks.

The Washington FFA Chapter was named the Reserve Champion Team. Members of the second place team include: Kyle Blakeny, Andy Guy, Sam Shepherd and Jordan Vittetoe. Their ag education instructor is Mr. Duane Van Winkle. Kevin Wiggins, from the Diamond Trail FFA Chapter at Monroe, was named the high individual overall in the competition.

FFA teams including 117 individuals from 32 chapters participated in this year's Career Development Event designed to provide students an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of agronomy. Activities include demonstration of skills and problem solving in hay, silage, corn, soybean and market grain evaluation; as well as seed, plant and insect identification. A written exam was included along with a team problem solving competition.

Koopman Hay and Forage, through the Iowa FFA Foundation sponsored the Top 10 Individual Rosettes, the Champion and Reserve Champion individual plaques, and the Champion Individual Specialty Area plaques in the areas of judging crops, identification and written examination. Sand Seed Services, through the Iowa FFA Foundation, sponsored the Reserve Champion Team plaque, Top 10 Team and Member Rosettes, and Champion Specialty Team plaques in the areas of judging crops, identification and written examination.

The Champion Team also received a cash award towards travel to the National Agronomy Career Development Event at Indianapolis, Ind., by the generosity of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, through the Iowa FFA Foundation. The top individual receives a $500 scholarship from the ISU agronomy department provided the student majors in agronomy. The Agronomy Career Development Event was conducted by the faculty and staff of ISU's Agronomy Department.

Wapello FFA Wins State Food Science Championship

The Wapello FFA Chapter from Wapello was named Champion Team in the annual Iowa FFA Food Science Career Development Event held at Iowa State University, June 4, 2009. Members of the first place team include: Allie Hagberg, Josh Lanz and Molly Wilson. Their ag education instructor and FFA adviser is Mr. Irvin Meier. They will represent Iowa at the National Food Science Career Development Event at Indianapolis, Ind., in October.

The Calamus-Wheatland FFA Chapter from Wheatland was named the Reserve Champion Team. Members of the second place team include: Meghan Janssen, Clint Kauffman, Landon Luepker and Brian Kruse. Their agriculture education instructor and FFA adviser is Mr. Barry Clough. Allie Hagberg, Wapello FFA, Wapello, was named the high individual overall in the competition.

FFA teams from 17 chapters participated in this year's Career Development Event designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of Food Science. The 61 individuals who participated in the event completed several activities, including demonstration of skills and problem solving in dealing with consumer concerns, food safety and sanitation, aroma identification, taste testing, and product differences. A written exam was included along with a team product development competition.

Kraft Foods, Inc., through the National FFA Foundation sponsored the plaque for the winning team. Field to Food Run/NAMA, through the Iowa FFA Foundation sponsored the Reserve Champion Team plaque, as well as the Top 10 Individual and Team Rosettes, the Champion and Reserve Champion Individual plaques and the Champion Team and Individual Specialty Area plaques in the areas of practicums, product development team activity and written examination.

The champion team also received a cash award towards travel to the National Food Science Career Development event at Indianapolis, Ind. by the generosity of the Field to Food Run/NAMA through the Iowa FFA Foundation. The top individual receives a $500 scholarship from the Iowa State University Food Science Department if the student chooses to major in food science.

The Food Science Career Development Event was coordinated and conducted by Dr. Terri Boylstron and numerous other faculty and staff with the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at ISU in Ames.

Keota FFA Is 2009 State Champion In Ag Mechanics

The Keota FFA Chapter from southeast Iowa was named Champion Team in the annual Iowa FFA Ag Mechanics Career Development Event held at Iowa State University in Ames on June 4, 2009. Members of the first place FFA team include: Travis Greiner, Bryce Sieren, Kyle Huber and Blake Bayliss. Their Ag Education instructor is Mr. Dan Striegel.

The St. Ansgar FFA Chapter was named the Reserve Champion Team. Members of the second place team include: Garrett Barker, Chris Jahr and Jackson Hertel. Their ag education instructor is Andy Johnson. Derek Feuss from the Midland FFA Chapter at Wyoming, was named the high individual overall in the competition.

FFA teams including 117 individuals from 36 chapters participated in this year's Career Development Event which provides the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of ag mechanics. Activities include demonstration of skills and problem solving in ag machinery equipment, energy systems, structures, environmental and natural resources, and industry and marketing systems. A written examination and computer application activities were included along with a team problem solving competition.

The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers' Association, through the Iowa FFA Foundation, sponsored a plaque for the Reserve Champion team, rosettes for the top 10 teams and members of the top 10 teams, as well as the top 10 individuals. Mayer Farm Implement of Bevington, Iowa, through the Iowa FFA Foundation, sponsored plaques for the Champion and Reserve Champion Individuals Overall, as well as the Champion team and Reserve Champion individual in each of the five career development event specialty areas: Machinery and Equipment Systems, Structural Systems, Industry/Marketing Systems, Environmental/Natural Resource Systems and Energy Systems, Written Exam and the champion Team Problem Solving.

Muscatine FFA Chapter Wins 2009 State Horse Event

The Muscatine FFA Chapter was named champion team in the annual Iowa FFA Horse Career Development Event held at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on June 9, 2009. Members of the first-place team include Keeley Carson, Ashley Tomlin, Anne Dahms and Margaret Lobianco. Their ag education instructors are Dave Fowler and Dave Tometich.

They will represent Iowa at the National Horse Career Development Event in Indianapolis in October.

The Linn-Mar FFA Chapter at Marion was named Reserve Champion Team in the 2009 state FFA horse event. Members of the second place team include Shelby Iverson, Olivia Sippy, Kansas Thorp and Mikayla Calloway. Their ag education instructor and FFA adviser is Barbara Lemmer.

Rhianna Wallace, a member of the Twin Cedars FFA Chapter at Bussey, was named high individual overall in the 2009 state FFA horse competition.

The 2009 state FFA Horse Career Development Event was coordinated and conducted by Megan Green and other faculty and staff of the Animal Science Department at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Dodge Trucks, Tractor Supply Company and Kent Feeds, along with Kirkwood Community College, sponsored the awards and plaques.

Muscatine FFA Wins 2009 Nursery/Landscape Event

The Muscatine chapter won the team championship in the annual Iowa FFA Nursery/Landscape competition held at Des Moines Area Community College on the Ankeny Campus June 11, 2009. Members of the first place team included Andrea Chatfield, Kinsey Edmonds, Mitchell Longtin and Brenden McCleary. Their ag education instructors are Dave Tometich and Dave Fowler.

The Denison FFA chapter from Denison is the reserve grand champion team for 2009. Members of that second place team are Lucas Ipsen, Kyle Rickers, Christina Riessen and Michael Rothe. Their ag education instructors are Randall Kuhlmann, Tim Baughman and Dana Weeda.

Kinsey Edmonds of the Muscatine FFA was the high individual overall in the competition. FFA teams from 18 chapters in Iowa including 60 individuals participated in this year's event which provides students an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of nursery/landscape design and practice. The event has a general knowledge exam, landscape drawing, problem solving, plant identification, plant judging, plant disease or disorder identification, and situation assessment and solution.

The Nursery/Landscape Career Development contest was coordinated and conducted by Tim Doud, Neal Van Veen, and the horticulture students at Des Moines Area Community College.

Muscatine FFA Also Wins 2009 State Floriculture Competition

Muscatine FFA also was the champion team in the annual Iowa FFA Floriculture Career Development Event held at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny on June 11, 2009. Members of this first place team are Lane Mathis, Chance Millett, Jeff Paetz and Hannah Howard. They will represent Iowa at the National Floriculture Career Development Event at Indianapolis in October.

The Dewitt Central FFA chapter is the reserve grand champion team. Members of this second place team include Erin Weirup, Morgan Diedrich, Easten Lovelace and Renee Christiansen. Their ag education instructor and FFA adviser is Dan Smicker.

Hannah Howard of Muscatine FFA was the high individual scorer overall in the state competition in this event. FFA teams from two dozen chapters participated in this year's event. The competition consists of a general knowledge exam, problem solving and decision making, plant identification, corsage making, handling hazardous situations, dish gardens and a team activity.  The Floriculture Career Development Event was coordinated and conducted by Tim Doud, Neal Van Veen, Lynn Schaffer and the horticulture students at Des Moines Area Community College.