The strawberry sale is in full swing. The chapter has to purchase a pallet (108) flats of strawberries so please help us out and by a flat from your favorite FFA member. The reports are the Florida strawberry crop is great this year so they should be amazing fruit. The forms are due Feb. 19.

Feb. 9-10: Chapter members will be at the State FFA Alumni Convention in Appleton.

Feb. 16-17: Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids. Kyle Paulson, Colin Damm and Jacob Herreman will be attending this conference. Thank you to the Columbia County Farm Bureau for providing funds for two participants. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn more about the agricultural industry and to continue to develop their leadership skills.

FFA Meeting: Feb. 19 in room 107 at the high school at 7 p.m. The middle school meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.; chapter meeting. Officer elections are being held at this meeting and the chapter’s bylaws will be voted on.

Forms: Chapter officer forms and degree applications are due to Mrs. Crook Feb. 10. Applications: Proficiency applications are due Feb. 19.

212/EDGE Conference: March 23-24 in Manitowoc. FFA members in grades 7-10 can attend this conference. Students in grades 7-8 can participate in EDGE and 9-10th grade can participate in 212. This is a great leadership conference and helps FFA members meet their five activities above the chapter level requirement for their State FFA Degree.

Columbus FFA Middle School Career Day: The Columbus FFA officers planned to hold a career day at the middle school to expose seventh and eighth grade students to a variety of careers in the Career and Technical Education and STEAM areas such as business, construction, machining, mechanics, cosmetology, insurance, lawyers, hospital, health and fitness, agronomy, banking, veterinary, etc. Community members in these career areas have been asked to come to the middle school on Feb. 22 to share their careers and talk to students. Each student will be able to select two careers to attend the presentation. We hope it helps the students see the variety of careers to choose from and the many careers in our community. If you or anyone you know would like to participate, please contact Glenda Crook at this email- [email protected].

Veterinary Science: The students have been learning about zoonotic diseases and shared reports in class about one disease they researched to discover the symptoms, treatment, prevention and transmission. They finished up their safety and sanitation unit this week by analyzing a movie about the outbreak of a zoonotic disease. They also started the Medical Terminology Unit and have a handful of prefixes, suffixes and root words to get them started. They will be practicing using medical terminology in case studies and other activities.

Greenhouse Management: The class worked together to create a plant identification study guide for the plants used in the floriculture judging contest. They also worked in the greenhouse starting seeds for the hydroponics and aquaponics systems. They started the floral design unit by learning how to wrap a potted plant with floral foil and a bow. Each student wrapped a poinsettia plant to demonstrate this skill. The floral unit continued with the History of Floral Design unit in preparation for Valentine’s Day. The students are studying the historical periods in history and the influence they had on floral designs. They created historical floral designs with items they found in the room and critiqued each other’s work. They are completing a compare and contrast project to learn more about the historical design aspects.

Food, Forest and Wildlife: This week the students learned about agricultural careers and then selected a career to dress up for an Ag Career Fashion Show. They wrote a note card of information to share as they modeled the attire a person in their career would wear. The students finished up the week with some math related to Wisconsin’s fruit and berry production including cranberries, cherries, and strawberries.

Animal, Plants and Food Science: The students finished up their U.S. Agriculture unit by examining boxes sent to us from other Ag students in Minnesota, Oregon, and Missouri. The students enjoyed seeing items that are produced in other states that are not grown in Wisconsin, such as cotton. The rest of the week the students have been learning about food preservation and processing methods. Each students selected a preservation method, researched it and created a multimedia presentation to share with the class. This is one of the students favorite units as they enjoy learning how foods are preserved and processed to create safe food with a longer shelf life. Next week they will conduct preservation labs examining different methods such as canning, pickling, dehydration, and fermentation.

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