FFA Attends MCFB
Olympia Attends McLean County Farm Bureau Acquaintance Day
Posted on 01/27/2017
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Seventeen Olympia FFA sophomores had the opportunity to “network” their name when they attended the McLean County Farm Bureau Acquaintance Day on Tuesday, January 24th.  Students started out the morning by listening to an inspiring speech by Mr. Gary Tipsord, Superintendent of LeRoy Schools, who encouraged each member to be the best they can be, work towards achieving their goals, and practice business skills early, in order to be successful in their career pursuit. After breaking into groups, students played three games led by 4-H camp director and employees, who taught participants about the importance of having good communication and problem solving skills in the workplace as well as meeting new people in order to diversify their agricultural knowledge.  After activities, students had the mindset of exploring different agricultural careers, and networking their own names to the local agriculture representatives.  Students cycled through table stations and heard information about each agricultural opportunity.  Students even had the option to drive a Case IH tractor or combine!  After a delicious catered lunch, students listened to Mr. Mark Schweitzer, executive at ADM, who advised students to be careful about what they are posting or saying on social media, and to make good choices and take hold of opportunities that will help them in the future.  Students ended the day with agricultural trivia and Minute to Win It games.  Renee Hallstein reflected on the trip saying, “My favorite part was when we sat down in the small groups and met with people from different agricultural fields.”  She felt that, “The Growmark employees and the agronomists answered my questions really well.  By sitting and talking with all the business people who have agricultural jobs, helped me realize that there are a lot of possibilities to have an agricultural career and you do not have to be a farmer.”

                   Joey Goodman listens to business advice from Adam Rader of Rader Family Farms   Olympia FFA members (L-R):  Lane Miller, Leighton Rutherford, and Nikkole Sheppelman compete in a minute-to-win-it game.   Mackenzie Phillips gets to drive a new Case IH combine worth about ½ a million dollars.

                    Submitted by:  Molly Schempp, Olympia FFA Chapter Reporter