Ag Center Blog

  • Advisor Update 3/27/2020

    Posted by Cindy Arnott on 3/28/2020

    Here by the Owl 3/27/2020

    Here is a video produced by your Ag advisors.  We hope to bring you anupdate each week.

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  • Update 3/25/2020

    Posted by Cindy Arnott on 3/25/2020

    Hello everyone.  Just a note to let you know that everything is well at the Ag Center.  While we miss you all greatly, the adults have been working together to keep chores done and the farm running.  

    So many of you have offered to do chores for us, we sincerely appreciate those offers.  At this time, only students who need to to care for their animals are allowed on the farm.  If that changes we will let you know ASAP.

    Keep checking in here and we will update you any changes.  We hope to be posting a video each week as well to check you in the loop.

    Stay well!

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  • November 11th Ag Center Update

    Posted by Cindy Arnott on 11/11/2019

    As always, it has been a busy, busy few weeks at the Ag Center.

    Our National Convention competitors have returned from a great convention  Our Sales and Meats teams placed in the Silver Division and the Floriculture Team placed in the Bronze Division.  Logan Turner placed 9th in the Nation in Sales and was in the Gold Division, as was teammate Teagan Turner and Meats judges Max Andres and Kalten Hendrickson.  McKenna Quirk made the semi-finals in Prepared Public Speaking and earned a Silver Division.  Also in the Silver Division was Trevor Zimmerman.  Bronze award winners were Sawyer Reagan, Freya Jones, Kylee Billingsley, Claire Standley, Casey Farrar and Hannah Jourdannais.

    We will be heading to John Deere Ag Days this Wednesday.  Here is a letter regarding details:JDAEs Letter

    Class updates:

    Mrs. Arnott - Intro to Ag classes have completed a Livestock Evaluation unit and Shop Safety Introduction.  Classes will be working in the wood shop constructing FFA crates for the next few weeks, as well as worming sheep and sows and keeping up with all the chores on the farm.  Horse and Companion Animal has completed an Introduction to the Animal Industry unit and has started an unit exploring Animal Welfare and issues regarding Animal Rights.

    Mr. Andres- Meat class is working in the Meat lab butchering and creating some special sausage recipes.  The FFA Alumni baskets will feature sausage products from our Meat Lab.  Classes are also working on finishing the roof extension and pen improvement on the Northwest corner of the hay barn.  Vet class participated in a dissection of a boar as part of the Male Reproductive Anatomy unit and continue their studies of the reproductive system.

    Ms. Rothe - Greenhouse/Forestry attended a Field Trip to the State Arboretum at the University of Montana and ordered the starts for the spring planting season in the Greenhouse.  All classes helped finish the fencing project in the front field.  Vet Cert had a visit from a surgeon and had a chance to practice sutures under his supervision.  This class is continuing to unit on bones.

    Upcoming dates: 

    December meeting, 12/3 7pm

    Alumni Basket construction and cookie social, 12/10 6pm

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  • September at the Ag Center

    Posted by Cindy Arnott on 9/30/2019

    It has been a busy month at the Ag Center.

    Mr. Andres -

    Meat Processing has been working on their first set of certifications and starting training in the Meat Lab.  The class has been working through 10 steers and several hogs.

    Ag 3-4 -  has been busy learning about reporductie science, working in the Meat Lab, pouring concrete and working around the farm.

    Vet Science- has been busy learning about reproductive science and health.  Students will start Artificially Inseminating sows this week.

    Ms. Rothe-

    All Classes -  The major undertaking for all classes has been tearing out the old fence in the front field and installing brand new fence.  Classes have also learned about livestock judging, helped close up the greenhouse for winter, and assist in livestock management on the farm.

    Ms. Arnott-

    Intro to Ag-We have started our work in Ag Literacy and had our first quiz.  We had a brief introduction to FFA and have been working on livestock evaluation of beef, sheep and hogs.  Morning classes have been primarily responsible for feeding the hogs on the farm and the afternoon classes have been instrumental in managing and caring for the 35+ weaner pigs on the farm.  We have also helped with sorting and moving livestock and helping with fencing, haying and any other projects that need accomplished.

    Horse and Companion Animal-

    We have been helping with chores and did a quick introduction to FFA.  We are now learning about the Animal industry.  Our next big focus will be on Animal Rights and Animal Welfare and the ethics of animal ownership and care.

      FFA-

    September was busy with our annual Kick-off BBQ, District Leadershi School, the Ruby Valley Invitational and the beginning of practices for many of our teams.

    Upcoming dates:

    October 1 -Monthly FFA Meeting, 7pm Ag Center

    October 2- District Livestock Judging, 3:15pm Ag Center

    October 4 & 5- Cider pressing at Turner Farms (please sign up to work a shift)

    Octover 13 & 14 -NILE Livestock and Sales Contest

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