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Elsberry FFA Member Kaylee Calvin competes in one of the indoor events during the 2015 Career Development Event that was hosted on the grounds of the Elsberry R-II High School on March 14.

Elsberry FFA hosts second annual Career Development Event

 Posted on April 13, 2015 at 10:11 am

The Elsberry R-II FFA Chapter hosted its second annual Career Development Event Day on March 14. Eight hundred students from over 30 schools visited the district in order to participate in the competition. “We offered 15 different contests for students to compete in, with some schools driving over three hours to come and compete,” said Elsberry FFA Advisor Jason Vandivort.  “We offered a high quality contest with most of the

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  • MDC: Celebrate Missouri trees during Arbor Days in April

     Posted on April 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Trees

    The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds Missourians that trees and forests throughout the state are valuable to our health, communities, economy, and environment. MDC encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests on Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 24 for 2015. In addition, each

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  • The Youth Conservation Corps, by Elsberry FFA Member Nathan Stone

     Posted on April 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Elsberry FFA Member Nathan Stone recently participated in the Youth Conservation Corps. Stone visited a number of facilities throughout the area and learned the value of the work performed at each.

    Ever since I was very young I have always wanted to be a conservation officer. When there was an ad in our local paper for people to apply for the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) program I thought it would be a great place to learn more about conservation from a different perspective. My parents thought it would be a great opportunity for me to see the different types of things

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  • Elsberry FFA Member SPOTLIGHT

     Posted on April 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Elsberry FFA Member Colby Martin

    Office: 2013-2014 Chapter Sentinel Parents: Tony and Leslie Martin FFA Chapter: Elsberry FFA FFA Advisors: Mr. Jason Vandivort, Mr. George Nieters, and Mr. Mike McCrory How are you involved in agriculture? I am involved in agriculture by helping my grandpa on the family row crop farm where we raise corn and soybeans.  I also enjoy hunting and fishing. I also scrap metal and do lawn service in the summer months

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  • Beginning a turkey processing operation, by Elsberry FFA Member Paige Parker

     Posted on April 11, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Elsberry FFA Member Paige Parker has started her own turkey processing operation and hopes to soon be in a position to sell the meat for profit.

    My first attempt at conducting an SAE was in the spring of 2014. My initial plan was to collect sap from maple trees and boil it into maple syrup. This plan did not work out, however, because of the warm weather that arrived early. When the month of June rolled around my dad suggested that I raise turkeys and butcher them when the fall months arrived. The resources I required

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  • Putting up hay

     Posted on April 10, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Elsberry FFA Member Logan Shaw puts up hay for his SAE project and as a way to save money for college.

    As a little kid I always loved being outside. No matter what I was doing, as long as I was outside I was a happy. During my first year in Ag class my teacher talked to me about having a Supervised Agriculture Experience and I was not sure what to do. This really never got planned out but as I was growing up I spent a lot of time on

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  • Spring Family Farm Expo to be held in Silex

     Posted on April 9, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Farmers Market

    The River Hills and Wind Ridge Farmers Markets will hold their annual Spring Family Farm Expo in the Silex City Park on April 11. The event will begin at 7 a.m. with a large farmers’ market and will include an egg show, lawn poultry show and a traditional country auction. There is no charge for admission. The event will also include information booths, many rare breeds of livestock and poultry,

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