STATE FARMER DECREE WINNERS—Among the two percent el FFA membfrs throughout the state wfco were named state fanner degree wuuera were, left, to right, Jim PtekarsU, Greg Burau, Paul Scaroaler and Ted Meyer. STAR FARMER-Paul Scfaioeder, con of Mr. and Hit. Donald W. Schroeder, Region 3 FFA star lamer, competed at the state level this weekend In St. Paul. He Is a state farmer degree winner. Necessary cho res o ccupy as much time as FFA activities for him. Fergus Falls future farmers compete at state convention ByBILLBANK Area News Editor As has been customary, the Fergus Falls FFA chapter again sent several outstanding future farmers to the state convention in St. Paul this week ' ' Paul Sehroeder, for example, is this year's regional star farmer and Ted Meyer was District 5 runnerup for the star fanner award. Both of them were awarded state farmer degrees along with Greg Burau and James Piekarski, Schroeder is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Sehroeder, Fergus Falls Route 3. He.began his FFA career as a ninth-grader and has continuously built up his herd of registered Holsteins through purchases and • natural increases from animals freshening in the herd. His adviser, Curt Stillwell, says Paul has also rented additional land to help produce more feed for his ever- growing animals. Sehroeder has maintained a high butterfat average and a high production in milk from his lactating animals and through careful management, good feeding practices, and constant selection for good type, he has been able to consistently place very high in livestock shows at the county, regional and state levels of competition, says Stillwell. Schroeder has received numerous awards in the past three years, including the regional farm and home improvement award in 1975. He has been a member of the dairy cattle judging team for the past four years and has judged at the state contest each of those years. Paul has exhibited his livestock at the Minnesota State Fair FFA livestock show a nd placed in the top of his class. A-.d, says Stillwell, he has also been "a keen observer and selector ot sires for the entire herd for the use of artificial insemination." Schroeder is currently FFA chapter vice president and recently completed a term as regional FFA sentinel. One of his most important accomplishments was being named state star dairy farmer of Minnesota this year in the FFA agricultural proficiency award competition in dairy farming. The award was based on the proficiencies and skills, he's acquired through his years of working to build his dairy farming enterprises. Another Stillwell progeny who fared well this year is Ted Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Meyer, of rural Fergus Falls. In addition to being FFA chapter reporter and Region 3 reporter he also was runnerup for district star farmer. Ted is a memaber of the general livestock team and has been active in FFA chapter"activities and has raised and released pheasants for several years. He has had numerous crop projects and has been active in competitive cropshows.Hehas also exhibited purebred swine the county, area and stale fair livestock shows for the FFA. Wi th the help of his parents he has enlarged his swine project to over 100 head and plans to make a career of fanning, continuing io expand his herd as he develops his farming abilities. Meyer also rents land to help produce feed for his. animals. A senior this year, he plans Io enroll in production agriculture in Alexandria vocational- lechnical school next fall. Yesterday Meyer was presented with the regional srine trophy at the convention in St. Paul. Other endeavors Ted has been active in have earned rum the district proficiency award in poultry' for his ffi. a. ntsag, broilers, wild game and fancy '.hidKTj K»risUtri a member of the poultry judging •&.x,. i.vi-.vioaliy vrinr.ing eighth place in the stale y.~u- : £':* lasl'fa'.l in St. Paul. 7h* »'.s> f2.T. r *r degree winners were chosen on the •f.f-i '/ v&if -tip activities in the school and com-•;_-..:> vA '.'it supervised occupational experience •/:i;-'.::.\ ::*: updates began during their freshmen •.•:>'! <r:. J ;*:•*!.'. of the state's total FFA mem- t*.-!/^p at iixwied the stale fanner degree, making r. v, r/xr.:r^t i or. for it a high honor, Stillwell says. This year Minnesota had 16,600 FFA members, the largest enrollment ever. Greg Burau, who also received the state farmer .degree, was FFA chapter president,.a district FFA officer, has specialized in dairy animals, been on the dairy cattle judging team and was active in church and 4-H activities. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Burau. James Piekarski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Piekarski, the fourth FFA'er from Fergus to.be awarded the degree, is a chapter member who has been active in FFA crops shows and judging, has a crops show project which he works on, and has been on crop judging teams which have earned high awards in 'showing crop seed samples. Also at St. Paul for the convention are two judging teams from the Fergus chapter. Qualifying for the general livestock judging contest were Allan Briese, Donovan Rasmusson, Ted Meyer and Bob ThunseEe. That team competed against 60 other teams from around the state. The dairy cattle judging team included Vidn Christiansen, ViAnn Christianson, Paul Schroeder and Greg Burau. They placed second in regional competition which allowed them to compete at the state level. Teams must be able to judge animals according to type, give oral explanations, and be able to place animals on production and pedigree records in the contest, explains Stillwell. Vicki Christianson placed first in the regional FFA contest at Morris. Stillwell says the Fergus Fails FFA chapter is one of the largest in the state. "The membership has been concerned with expansion and development of wildlife programs, climatology, safety, and individual supervised experience programs," he explains. Members of the chapter individually have been involved and have won many honors each yeat on the local, district, regional, state and national levels. They h ave had the opportunity to participate in over 15 different types of competitive contest events ranging from public speaking, the judging of livestock, and exhibiting livestock, to public appearances at service clubs to explain the FFA organization, says Stillwell. "The local chapter is constantly changing its program structure to make vocational agriculture courses more pertinent for the students," concludes Stillwell. PRIZE-WrNNfNG FARMER-Ted Meyer, SOD of Mr. aod Mrs. ago. Ho is attending UK state FFA convention in St Paul. Ted is a David Meyer, stood atop a tractor at his farm a couple of weeks state fanner degree wiener. LIVESTOCK JUDDERS-Members of the general livestock judging team who traveled witk tke Fergus FFA'ers to St. Paul licluded Doiovan Rasrjossoo, left, Bob Tnmsdk, cater, and Ted Meyer. (Missing at the time the photo was liken wsi Allan Briese). FFAVrs took (tme away from their cfcores to compete ii St Paul.
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