From June 11 through 18 Tokay FFA members attended the 2011 San Joaquin Fair. Tokay FFA members increased their involvement at the San Joaquin Fair this year with a variety of projects exhibited, including market swine, breeding heifers, market and breeding rabbits and market turkeys as part of their Supervised Agricultural Experience.
In the market swine show, Christina Liles placed second in novice showmanship. Austin Yount and Tiffany Towle were also among the Tokay swine showmen. Sierra Sattler, Sierra Crow, Andrew Turner and Logan Schallberger showed market turkeys. Schallberger’s turkey won FFA champion market turkey.
Simone Pimentel’s dairy cow won FFA champion dairy cow and supreme champion dairy cow. Pimentel took first place in advanced dairy cow showmanship then advanced to large animal master showmanship, placing seventh overall.
Kevin Yeats showed rabbits in the breeding class and Emily Schneider showed rabbits in the market class. Novice Schneider won advanced market showmanship which advanced her to the small animal master showmanship where she placed fourth.
The Tokay FFA hosted a back-to-school barbecue on Aug. 19, which encouraged participation in the program, behind the Industrial Arts Building at Tokay High School. The event was a fun and exciting way to introduce students to the FFA program, promote student and parent participation and give the incoming members an opportunity to interact with the officers and current members.
Tokay FFA is currently participating in several fundraisers to raise money for their program to cover travel expenses to attend Greenhand, State and National conferences and field days, as well as host events.
The FFA and World Ag Expo are having a drawing for a brand new 2012 Toyota Tundra. The suggested donation is $5 per ticket; $3 goes directly to the Tokay FFA and $2 goes to the California FFA Foundation. Students should contact their Ag teacher by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or any Tokay FFA member if they are interested in purchasing or selling tickets.
The Tokay FFA is also promoting California Ag license plate sales. The sale of these special interest plates will benefit agricultural education initiatives in California. The Cal Ag license plate campaign needs 7,500 pledges by the spring of 2012 to become a reality. Any current registered California auto, truck, trailer, motorcycle or commercial vehicle may purchase a Cal Ag license plate. Visit www.calagplate.com to reserve a plate.
Current Tokay FFA fundraisers’ revenue will assist with expanding the program and aide with purchasing equipment for the school farm and shop, tractor, ag truck and greenhouse supplies.