February Board Meeting, FFA Trip Highlights

February Board Meeting, FFA Trip Highlights
Posted on 02/19/2020
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Several members of the Indian Lake/OHP FFA Chapter detailed their recent experience out west during February's regular monthly board meeting. 

In January, 21 members of their chapter, along with members of the Shelby High School FFA, went on an 8-day field trip to the National Western Stock Show and Sale in Denver, Colorado. 
Freshman Hunter Gross explained his favorite part of the stock show and sale was looking through the history museum dating back decades. 
"We could see how genetics have changed and how cows looked back then versus how they look now," said Gross. 
Along the way to Denver, students also made stops at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the St. Louis Gateway Arch to learn about the settlement of the Louisiana Purchase, Kingman Ranch in Kansas to study breeding, and Lariate Feed Yard near Dodge City. 
Senior Nikita Scheifele explained that just looking out the windows of the bus offered an educational experience. 
"We got to see different landscapes and the geography of the west. We also observed different types of irrigation systems and how the 4-lane highways were built with tunnels underneath to allow movement of the cattle on the plains."
After visiting the National Stock Show and Sale, the group visited several other agricultural stops on the way back including Hawkeye Breeders in Iowa where they got to see breeds not found in Ohio, the Meat Animal Research Facility in Nebraska where they learned about farm animal breeding efficiency, and the John Deere Company in Illinois where they saw the construction of farm equipment. The final stop was the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. 
ILHS/OHP FFA Advisor Tanner Schoen says the trip was partially funded by the Indian Lake FFA Alumni, a local farming sponsor and the student themselves. He hopes to offer the opportunity to go on this trip every four years. 
Also during the board meeting, district treasurer Coleen Reprogle reported that the annual audit will be complete this week and the final report will be issued at the end of March. 
The Indian Lake Board of Education will meet again March 16th.