FFA chapters and high school agriculture programs in Jefferson County have been busy, from leadership camp to caring for a chapter field and visiting local agricultural businesses.
Both the Culver and Madras FFA chapters attended the Central Oregon District Leadership Camp, held at Suttle Lake, where the Madras beginning rituals team placed second. Both chapters, along with the other chapters in the Central Oregon district spend their time at the camp attending workshops.
The Oregon State FFA officers put on the workshops, emphasizing communication and teamwork.
The two chapters have been busy aside from sending their officer teams to leadership camp.
The Culver chapter spent time prepping the school field to get it ready to plant. Thanks to the help from the community, including Macy Farms, Wayne Fessler, Central Oregon Seed Inc. and others, the field was planted with steckling carrots at the end of April. The profits from the hybrid carrot seed crop will go to fund trips to the National FFA Convention and other FFA activities.
Ag students from Madras made several visits to agriculture businesses in the area to learn about their daily operations. The students visited Oregon Beef and Locke Farms. While at Locke Farms, the student rode on the carrot planter and planted three rows of carrots.
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