This summer, more than 38 Milford FFA members worked, studied and practiced in preparation for the 2019 Delaware State Fair. The fair brings a time for members to compete as a chapter, with a team, or as individuals in a variety of competitions, some displayed at the Centre Ice rink and some held behind the scenes.
Milford FFA received the prestigious Gold Chapter rating from the State of Delaware FFA. This award recognizes Milford FFA as being a top tier chapter based upon our Program of Activities for the entire year. This award will go on to the National level of FFA to represent the Milford FFA Chapter.
Hannah Haigh received the State Star Greenhand Award. The award recognizes a younger FFA member in the state for outstanding participation and service to FFA throughout the year.
Six Milford FFA students were recognized by Governor Carney during Governor’s Day for continuing their agricultural education by pursuing degrees of higher education. Students recognized were Julia Adams, Harley Lardner, Charlese Price, Curtis Sharp, Christian Mason and Mary Torbert.
- Educational Display, with the theme of “Leadership”, placed 6th.
- Landscape Display, where the chapter must landscape an area of 8’ x 16’, reflecting the theme of the Delaware State Fair, placed 4th.
- Delaware Agriculture Products, with a title of “Delaware Agriculture, Picture Yourself”, placed 4th.
- Horticulture Display, with a title of “Passport Around the World”, placed 2nd.
- State Fair FFA Nightly Parade Float was built and painted by Milford FFA members.
FFA members began working on these displays the end of May and came in to school over the summer to finish them up and get them to the fair on time.
Thirty-two members represented the Milford FFA chapter in a wide variety of Career Development Events at the fair. In order to prepare for these competitions, students spend hours both in and out of the classroom during the summer studying a range of topics from judging livestock, through identifying weeds, seeds, and plant disorders commonly found in local agronomic crops.
The Milford FFA Farm and AgriBusiness Management team placed 1st in the state. Team members were Julia Adams, Harley Lardner, Charlese Price and Julie Walls. In the Farm and AgriBusiness Management students will demonstrate their ability to analyze agricultural business management information, apply economic principles and concepts of business management. These students will be traveling to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.
The Milford FFA Tractor Driver was Curtis Sharp. He placed 1st in the state. Students must drive a two wheeled trailer course, four-wheel wagon course, front end loader tractor course, and a skid steer course safely. Students also had to complete a parts identification, tractor safety walk around, and a written test. The driver will travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to represent Delaware FFA at the Eastern States Exposition.
The Milford FFA Forestry team placed 2nd in the state. Team members were Shaila Walker (5th individually), Sierra Johnson (6th individually), Jasmine Carlisle (8th individually), Adamari Amador (9th individually). In the Forestry competition students identify trees, pests, calculate forestry math and tool identification. The team will travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to represent Delaware FFA at the Eastern States Exposition.
The Milford FFA Marketing Plan team placed 2nd in the state. The team members were Sarah Stevenson, Beau Davis and Katelyn Watson. The team developed a marketing plan for a local agricultural business and created a presentation for the business to a panel of judges. The team will travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to represent Delaware FFA at the Eastern States Exposition.
The Milford FFA Agronomy Team placed 4th in the state. Team members were Kaitlyn Schafer, Curtis Sharp, Michael Foxwell, and Sarah Hastings. The agronomy contest includes judging grains, hays, silage, vegetables, identifying crops, weeds, insects, plant disorders, and a team activity.
The Milford FFA Horse Evaluation team placed 4th in the state. Team members were Holly Bruns (10th individually), Courtney Bruns, Lawon Harris, and Mikenzi Beauchamp. Horse evaluation includes 4 halter classes, 2 performance classes, presenting oral reasons, and a team activity.
The Milford Ag Mechanics team placed 4th in the state. Team members were Skylar Parnell, Spencer Warren, Jacob Muir and Ethan Stubbs. Ag Mechanics involves small engine troubleshooting, arc welding/cutting, plumbing, electrical, team activity and a written test.
The Milford FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation team placed 5th in the state. Team members were Jacob Smith (8th individually), Miranda Walker, Sarah Hudson and Veronika Moore. Dairy cattle evaluation includes judging six classes of dairy cows or heifers, presenting oral reasons, evaluating cows based on their linear evaluation, and a team activity.
The Milford FFA Livestock Evaluation team placed 6th in the state. Team members were Ashlyn Welch, Beau Davis, Kayla Jefferson and Paige Thompson. Livestock evaluation includes judging beef, sheep, swine, and goats, presenting oral reasons, and grading cattle.
Milford FFA members earned over 50 ribbons at the Delaware State Fair this year for their individual entries. Ribbon placings can be found on Delaware State Fair website.
The Milford FFA Livestock Show Team consisted of eleven students. The following students made up the team:
- Julia Adams – Showmanship 1st, Market 9th, Barrow 6th
- Abbey Allen – Showmanship 5th, Market 1st, Barrow 3rd
- Hannah Haigh – Showmanship 8th, Market 3rd
- Harley Lardner – Showmanship 2nd, Market 10th, Barrow 2nd
- Sarah Stevenson – Showmanship 8th, Market 8th, Barrow 3rd
- Julie Walls – Showmanship 2nd
- Sarah Hastings- Showmanship 5th, Breed 18th
- Sarah Hudson – Showmanship 5th, Breed 16th
- Brady Kish – Showmanship 7th, Breed 14th
- Harley Lardner – Showmanship 13th, Breed 15th
- Charlese Price – Showmanship 5th, Breed 1st
- Paige Thompson – Showmanship 3rd, Breed 17th
- Julie Walls – Showmanship 2nd, Breed 13th
- Julia Adams Showmanship 3rd, Feeder Calf 5th
The Milford FFA chapter is led by Chris Stahl, Caitlin Walton, and Aaron Rill. All of the advisors are very proud of all of our members and their placings at fair. The students represented Milford FFA with outstanding service and effort through their many hours of hard work throughout the Delaware State Fair. We would also like to thank all the parents and supporters that helped make our Summer/State Fair Program a success.
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