August & September FFA Newsletter

Miller Grove FFA

Welcome Back!

We are excited to start a new year at Miller Grove FFA! We are excited for a year full of LDE's and CDE's, showing livestock , trailer & smoker build-offs, livestock judging, ag mech projects, leadership contests and floral design!!!

Make sure you visit our website This is where all our chapter and livestock updates, yearly calendar and pictures are posted. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @millergroveffa!

FFA Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 6pm

Miller Grove Ag Shop

We will have the first FFA meeting for the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Ag Classroom. If your student will raise a livestock project through Miller Grove FFA for the 2021 NETLA or major shows, one parent and student is required to attend this meeting. Even if you have raised a livestock show in the past, this meeting is still required to attend. Livestock projects include steers, beef and dairy heifers, lambs, goats, pigs and broilers. The Ag Advisors will discuss the MGFFA livestock show guidelines, talk about NETLA requirements and discuss the outlook for livestock shows this year. We will have informational materials for each species that you can raise and show through NETLA. Gary Billingsley, Mr. Gatlin and Mrs. Martin will be available to answer questions about the FFA program and opportunities for your student.

Calendar of Events

August 19 - FFA Officer Candidate & Parent Meeting @ 6:00 pm (Ag Classroom)

August 20 - State Fair of Texas entries due

August 21 - State Fair of Texas Broiler Pick-up (College Station, TX)

August 24 - FFA Officer Interviews @ 3:30 pm (Ag Classroom)

September 1 - FFA Meeting & Livestock Parent Meeting @ 6:00 pm (Ag Classroom)

September 15 - Paris District FFA Leadership Camp @ Rivercrest High School

September 28 - State Fair of Texas Broiler Show (Dallas, TX)

October 2 - North TX State Fair entries due

October 5 - FFA Meeting at 6:00 pm ~ COSTUME CONTEST

October 14 - Lamb & Goat Validation NETLA/majors @ HopCo Civic Center

October 15 - Steer (county) & Heifer (county and state) Validation 6-7 pm @ Cattleman's Vet

October 16-17 - North TX State Fair Heifer Show (Denton, TX)

October 24 - North TX State Fair Livestock Judging contest (Denton, TX)

October 27 - TAMU-C LDE Contest (Commerce, TX)

October 28-31 - National FFA Convention

November 5 - Paris District LDE @ North Hopkins HS

November 19 - Area 6 LDE @ TSTC

November 20 - NETLA Broiler Orders due

Leadership Development Events

If you are interested in participating in the following Leadership Development Events, talk to your Ag Teacher. There will be sign-up sheets in the Ag classroom starting August 24th.

Greenhand Creed

Greenhand Skills

Greenhand Quiz

Senior Creed

Senior Skills

Senior Quiz

Spanish Creed

Radio Broadcasting

Job Interview

LDE contests are a great way to expand your FFA activities and have fun!

Livestock Projects

Animal Shopping

Shopping is underway for PIGS, LAMBS, GOATS &, HEIFERS! If you need help locating a reputable breeder and/or selecting your livestock project, let Mrs. Martin know!

Northeast Texas Livestock Association Show (NETLA) - February 25-27, 2021.

NETLA Entry Forms are available on the Miller Grove FFA website.

NETLA Tag-In/Validation Dates

NETLA only Steers - October 15, 2020 6-7 pm @ Cattleman's Vet Clinic

NETLA & Major show Heifers - October 15, 2020 6-7 pm @ Cattleman's Vet Clinic

Lambs & Goats - October 14 at 5:30-7:30 pm Hopkins Civic Center NETLA & major show

Pigs - November 2020

Broilers - November 20, 2020 Orders Due

As soon as dates are announced, I will update the newsletter and FFA website.

Lamb & Goat Major Show Tags

If you want to show a lamb or goat at a major show in 2021, the following are the deadlines to order tags:

August 28 - $15.00 each

Sept 25 - $25.00 each (late orders)

**Quality Counts Certification**

**REMINDER** If you are going to show a livestock project at any major show or NETLA, you must have an up-to-date Quality Counts number PRIOR to turning in entries and/or tag-in.

If your child completed QC last year, but has moved up a division in grade (Junior grade 3-5, Intermediate (grade 6-8) and Senior (grade 9-12), they will need to renew their QC number.

For more info, see Mrs. Martin. Don't wait until the last minute to complete this.