Friday, April 24, 2009

Newark FFA members attend the Horticulture Career Development Event (CDE)

The Newark FFA Horticulture team placed first in the Section 7 contest. The Horticulture Career Development Event consists of a written test and judging rings of horticulture and floriculture crops, a landscape practicum and floriculture practicum and landscape plant identification class.
Individuals from the Newark FFA that placed in the event include:
Dan Doeing placed first, Steve Nichols second, Skyler Hagen fourth, Ali Monkemeyer eighth, Kelsey Oldenberg twentieth, Andrea Peterson sixteenth, Sam Hoddy seventeenth.

Students are challenged with identifying over 150 horticulture and floriculture samples at the Horticulture CDE. They must also evaluate the landscape plants based on quality as well as the monetary value of the plants. Students also had to do a tree practicum and flower boutonniere practicum.

The Section 7 Horticulture CDE was held at Newark High School on April 22, 2009. FFA chapters participating were Minooka, Seneca, Mendota, Somonauk –Leland, and Streator Woodland

Students cover a horticulture science unit in Horticulture class. FFA members prepared for this event by attending before and after school practices. Plant material samples are donated by Winding Creek Nursery.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Newark FFA Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 9th 8-3p.m.
The Newark Community High School/Vulcan Greenhouse
May 4th,5th,6th,7th,12th,13th,14th and 15th the greenhouse will be open for sales from
3- 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday until sold out

3 packs $1.00 / Flats (36) $11.00
Dusty Miller
Rose Moss
Red Saliva

Zonal Geraniums $3
Regal Geraniums $5
Sweet Potato Vine $3
Angelonia $2
Asparagus fern $2
Crossandra $2
Brachycome $2
Coleus-Kong Series $2
Coleus-Stained Glass Series $2
Dichondra $2
Gazania Daisy $2
Gerbera Daisy $3
White Licorice $2
Lantana $2
Spike $2
Cordyline Red Spike $3
Diamond Frost $3
Vinca Vine $2
Zinnia- Profusion Series $2
Petunia- Supertunia Series $2

10”-12”Hanging Baskets
House Plants $12
Flowering Baskets $15

Callibrochia- Million Bells
Ivy Geranium
Double Impatiens
Wandering Jew
Peruvian Jew
Spider Plant
Swedish Ivy
Hanging Bags $15
Mixed planters starting at $20

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Newark FFA Greenhouse Annual Sale

The greenhouse is full and the Newark FFA will have their annual Greenhouse Sale, May 4-7 from 3-6p.m.; May 9th from 8-3pm; and May 12-15 from 3-6p.m. Customers who purchase $50 worth of merchandise will receive a coupon for reduced prices for plants (excluding hanging baskets) after Mother’s Day weekend. For more information and a list of plants and prices go to of call Mr. Steffen at 815-695-5164 ext 228.

Newark FFA members attend the Agriculture Mechanics Career Development Event (CDE).

The Newark FFA Ag Mechanics team placed 3rd in the Section 7 contest. The Ag Mechanics Career Development Event consists of 5 divisions: Welding, Carpentry, Surveying, Electrical, and Small Engines. Individuals from the Newark FFA that placed in the event include:
Kendall Sigmond placed 5th in the welding division.
Levi Jager placed 5th in the carpentry division.
Josh Michealson placed 6th in the surveying division.
Skyler Hagen placed 1st in the electrical division.
Garren Schmidt placed 4th in the small engines division.

The five part event provides recognition for students with agricultural mechanics skills. Specific hands on activities involving welding, building rafters, using a hand level and target rod, electrical wiring of three circuits, and diagnosis of small engine repairs as well as a test in each area allow students to sharpen problem solving skills related to Ag Mechanics. Each series also includes a tool identification test of up to 25 tools.

The Section 7 Ag Mechanics CDE was held at LaSalle-Peru High School on March 23rd.
Skyler Hagen will now represent Newark FFA Chapter at the state competition in May.

Newark FFA members attend the Livestock Career Development Event (CDE) at JJC.

The Newark FFA Livestock team placed 4th in the Section 7 contest. The Livestock Career Development Event consists of 12 livestock judging classes, three breeding classes and three keep-cull classes. Additionally, the Livestock CDE is held in conjunction with the JJC Livestock CDE.

The Livestock and Dairy Judging Career Development Event is an activity that requires a variety of skills. Students evaluate the livestock based on the physical characteristics, as well as, the frame and muscling of the animals. The classes of animals include ranking four animals best desirable to least desirable, keep or cull classes, EPD reading, yield grading for market animals and production predictions for cows, heifers and bulls. Students evaluate the dairy animals based on milk production readings, pedigree chart reading, size, volume and bone mass of the animal, udder size and conformation, ease of walking and soundness on their feet and legs.

The Newark FFA Livestock CDE was held at JJC on April 11.
The members of the Livestock Team included Randy Brummel, Courtney Danneberg, Allie Hickernell, Luke Larson, Connor Duncan, and Logan Rehberg. The Chapter next contest will be in Henry, Il April 25th and the state competition will be April 28th at U of I along with State Dairy CDE.

These FFA members prepared for this event by visiting area farms to practice evaluating animals as well as devoting time before and after school to work on their knowledge of livestock and dairy production.

Alison Monkemeyer Wins District FFA Award

Newark High School Superintendent Pauline Berggren announces that Alison Loree Monkemeyer, Millbrook, a member of the Newark FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association of the FFA, was selected as District 2 FFA Award winner in Floriculture held Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Joliet junior College. Alison is the daughter of Brian and Penny Monkemeyer from Millbrook. She was selected in a competition with 5 FFA members from District 2. District 2 is comprised of 5 agriculture sections in Northeast Illinois including 82 in 18 counties.
Winning the District 2 FFA Floriculture makes Alison eligible to compete in the State FFA Awards Contest at Urbana on April 4th, 2009. Steps to this award include Alison winning the chapter and Sectional FFA Floriculture Award. Other agriculture education and FFA honors won by Alison include receiving the Newark FFA Alumni Scholarship.
Alison placed 2nd at State on April 4th.
Joe Steffen is agriculture education and FFA Advisor at Newark Community High School.

Spring Day at the Farm Set for May 17th

The Newark FFA is participating in "Spring Day at the Farm" by bringing a display to share with all who come to the day at the farm. The day runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Kendall County 4-H is joining with FFA to showcase what both groups learn and do. The FFA members will be filling the buildings with farm animals just like was many years ago. The Dickson-Murst partners will be feeding the participants.
Even if you are participating at a display with your family, you are invited to participate in a Kendall Arts Guild Workshop. This will be held at Dickson-Murst Farm, 2250 Dickson Road, Montgomery from 12:30-3:00 p.m. This will take place during "Spring Day at the Farm" on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
The Dickson-Murst Farm, is a living example of the way farms adapted over time to meet the changing needs of society. The Dickson-Murst Farm Partners, a volunteer group of individuals and representatives from local nonprofit organizations, were established to maintain the outbuildings, sponsor activities to encourage visitors to the farm, and educate local residents about farming life.