Small Town Times November 2017 | Page 10

FFA NEWS Constellation Donates to Local FFA Chapters Constellation participates in the Choice Gas program in Nebraska, a program that allows homeowners, businesses, farmers and ranchers to choose their natural gas supplier each year. This year, Constellation dedicated a specific amount to each FFA chapter in our Nebraska service area and also made an additional contribution based on the number of customers who chose Constellation during the 2017 Choice Gas selection period this past spring. They serve 60 counties in Nebraska. Constellation is providing over $17,000 to support FFA in their service area. The Litchfield FFA Chapter received a check of $144 to be used towards citizenship and leadership development programs. "Constellation is a strong supporter of the communities we serve and we are committed to finding ways to invest in the families and young people of Nebraska and the future of our state. We believe that FFA and 4-H are doing wonderful work and that's why we chose these youth-oriented programs for this initiative," says Donna Hughes, Business Development Manager. Residents in this county will have the opportunity to support FFA efforts by simply choosing Constellation Energy Marketing as their natural gas supplier during the 2017 Choice Gas selection next spring. Range Judging This fall Litchfield FFA students had the opportunity to participate in 2 different range judging competitions at Sargent and Ord. While no awards were received from these competitions the students showed progress. Range Judging helps the students identify range plants, determine ecological sites and learn to determine stocking rates of pastures. The students will now be preparing for the District Leadership Development Event to be held in Loup City on December 13 th . Blue Jacket Program Two Litchfield FFA members were awarded gift cards in the Nebraska FFA Foundation Blue Jacket program. Businesses and individuals around the state donate money to award FFA members with jackets. The students are awarded jackets based on a questionnaire that they complete. The members of the Litchfield FFA club that received gift cards this year are Tessa Shafer and Marrisa Zentz. I Believe Program September marked the official start of the eighth annual I Believe in the Future of Ag fundraising campaign. This campaign serves as an outlet for local FFA chapters to raise money for innovative projects in their classrooms, leadership programming, community service projects and field trips to advance agriculture education in their schools. This year, Aurora Cooperative, BigIron Auctions, Central Valley Ag, CPI, Dekalb/Asgrow and Verdesian committed $20,000 each to the campaign. Other sponsors, contributing $10,000 each include: Bayer CropScience, CoBank, Country Partners Cooperative, GrainBridge, Farm Credit Services of America, Farmers Cooperative, Frontier Coop, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Pinnacle Bank, Producers Livestock, Valley Irrigation and Croplan by WinField United. These corporate partners provide support for an educational campaign for FFA and agricultural education in Nebraska and support fundraising efforts at the local level. “Local FFA chapters and agriculture education chapters play an integral role in growing and developing future leaders in agriculture and in our communities. I see this campaign as a very important tool to help those chapters have the resources they need to grow leaders and build communities,” says Stacey Agnew, Nebraska FFA Foundation Executive Director. Donors to the I Believe in the Future of Ag campaign choose which chapter they support. 100 percent of each local donation will be sent back to the designated chapter at the end of the campaign and a portion of the $35,000 challenge matching pool will be distributed to participating chapters. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation please contact Brian Johnson at the Litchfield school. Pancake Feed & Labor Auction The annual Litchfield FFA Pancake Feed and Labor Auction will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 in the school cafeteria. The pancake feed will be a free will donation and will begin at 5:30 pm. The labor auction will be held at 7:00 pm in the gym. If you have any questions please contact Brian Johnson at the school. 10