Chatfield Ag Department/FFA Update


Happy Fall!

It is hard to believe that it is November already! This newsletter is one way that we will be getting information out to members, alumni and their families. It will include recent things we have done, upcoming events and helpful information about FFA. We have alot of great things going on now and for the rest of the school year so be sure to ask about events that you have an interest in. Enjoy! - Ms Fritz
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Our 11th Annual Family Fun Ag Day was a huge success!

On a beautiful Saturday at the end of September, we were able to hold our 11th Annual Family Fun Ag Day in person again! It was a very successful day with many families stopping by to ride on the horse drawn wagon rides that were provided by Goldsmith Belgians, look at the tractors from Hammell Equipment, interact with our animals and educational displays, ride the barrel train and eat a free lunch of hot dogs, apples, chips and water donated by local businesses. Special thanks to the Alumni for helping and all the students and parents that helped to put this event on. It is much appreciated in our community!

Lunch donations came from:

Ody's Meats

Wescott Orchard

Burt's Meats

First Fairway Apples

Wright's Meats

Dover Processing

Congratulations to our first CDE teams to advance to State!

Congratulations to the Chatfield FFA Horse and Dairy teams for advancing to state! Horse was the top team in the region with Maizee placing 3rd and Grace B placing 10th! Dairy was 5th place with Emma placing 7th! Great jobs kids

Horse team members Maizee Priebe, Grace Boelter, Samantha Baker, Grace Goddard, Sadie Baker

Dairy team members Emma Mulhern Eli Hopp, Ryan Nosbisch, Kara Goetzinger

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Chatfield FFA at the National FFA Convention

11 Chatfield FFA Members traveled to Indianapolis for the 94th Annual National FFA Convention Tues Oct 26-Sat Oct 30

During the trip we toured different business, attended the largest career fair in the US and received the 3 Star Chapter Award for the 5th year in a row! The top ten percent of chapters in a state get sent onto Nationals for judging. At the national level they are rated 1,2 or 3 stars. 3 Stars is the highest honor that a chapter can achieve. Way to go Chatfield! And as always we couldn’t reach this level of excellence without the support of our school and community. Thank you so much!

Ms Fritz also received her Honorary American Degree this year - a top honor only received by those nominated by FFA State Staff. "The Honorary American Degree is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service on a national level to agriculture, agricultural education or FFA. Additionally, teachers who have created high quality agricultural education programs which inspire and motivate their students to strive for success are eligible for the Honoray American Degree" - National FFA Organization

Help Chatfield FFA #Breakthestigma on mental health!

When someone’s tractor or car gets stuck, we don’t hesitate to help but when it involves mental health we can feel powerless to help. The Chatfield FFA is raising money to host a safeTALK training in Chatfield that will help break these barriers and give people the tools to help each other in mental health situations

Join us Saturday November 6 from 11am-1pm at the Chatfield High School for a very special #Breakthestigma event!

We encourage friends and families to come join us anytime between 11-1 for a special #BreaktheStigma walk in the High School gym complete with music and decorations, a free will donation meal of Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, face painting for kids of all ages and a chance to leave their mark on our very special #BreaktheStigma wall. This wall is available to help celebrate those who are currently making it through their mental health journey and to memorialize those who have been taken too soon. Resources on mental health will also be available and ‘We love our local farmers’ signs, special event t-shirts and medallions will be available to purchase

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Its Fruit and Butterbraid Sale time!

It is time for our biggest fundraiser of the year! All students are welcome to participate as a way to help support our chapter financially and to help keep all activities free for Chatfield FFA members to participate in.

The sale runs from now until Monday 11/15/21

Please pick up Sales Forms from Ms Fritz and share the following online store links



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Join us for our FFA Fall Kickoff Meeting and Fun Night

Learn more about FFA and have some fun with us on Monday November 15 from 6:30-8:00pm

We will start the evening with a meal in Ms Fritz's room, hold a brief meeting, do some fun activities and end the night with dodgeball in the gym!

Make sure you plan ahead so that you dont miss this great event - parents are welcome to join us as well

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Chatfield FFA Crop Plot

On Thursday of MEA break, members and alumni came together to harvest the FFA Crop Plot

This plot pays for things like FFA membership and transportation for all who participate in activities. No socio-economic barriers to being a member of the Chatfield FFA due to this great program! Of course there are awesome people who donate their time and equipment/seed to help make this happen and we appreciate you!

Upcoming Events

Middle School Ag Challenge -Nov 11- Elgin - Open to all members in 7th and 8th grade - see Ms Fritz for more details

Region 8 Greenhand Camp - Dec 3-5 - Ironwood Springs - open to members in grades 8-10 - see Ms Fritz for more details

Upcoming Region CDEs - See Ms. Fritz for more information

Poultry and Dairy Foods - Dec 10

Food Science - Jan 21

Creed Speaking, Extemporaneous, Prepared, Best Informed Greenhand, Employment Skills, Discussion Meet - Jan 28

Small Animal and Fish and Wildlife - Feb 8

Meats - Feb 16

Parliamentary Procedure and Conduct of Meetings - Mar 8

Floriculture and Nursery Landscape - Mar 22

Upcoming Region CDEs - See Mr Willette for more information

Crops, Ag Mechanics and Farm Business Management - Mar 4

Shake Machine Sign up - Sign up to work 3 different shifts and help raise money for our State Convention trip. Shifts are supervised by Ms Fritz and Mr Willette - sign up at the link below

Chatfield FFA Program Showcase

The Chatty Bees is a unique school based enterprise where students learn how to raise honeybees while exploring common agribusiness practices. Chatfield FFA members help to make business decisions for this program and students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to talk to Ms Fritz about being a part of this team.
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