The Scranton FFA chapter left on Sunday, Oct. 16 in the early morning, very excited for the week to come.
By ABBIGALE STEEKE
The Scranton FFA chapter left on Sunday, Oct. 16 in the early morning, very excited for the week to come. They would experience seven days of agricultural tours, FFA, and the chance to meet several other FFA members from around the state as well as the entire country. The members attending from the Scranton FFA were Jordan Dilse, Seth Olson, Andrew Sulzman, Jaxon Mellmer, Abbigale Steeke, Quinn Mellmer, Abi Sulzman, Sam Oase, Casitee Miller, Kaitlyn Bartholomy, Elizabeth Bartholomy, and Ebony Musonda.
On our way to Indianapolis, we toured so many places. We toured a cattle feedlot in Iowa, the John Deere Pavilion, Hummel Livestock cat and goat farm, and Fair Oaks dairy and pig farm. At the feedlot, we looked at their feed rations and equipment, their mechanic shop, and all their cattle on feed. The John Deere Pavilion was very neat to see even if you are not a John Deere fan. There was a self-driven tractor, huge equipment, and educational games. At Hummel Livestock we saw where they breed domesticated cats with wild cats to create a hybrid. They are sold to many overseas buyers. Fair Oaks dairy and pig farm is set up for agricultural advocacy for the public. We saw a carousal dairy parlor, pig farrowing facilities and even ate some amazing cheese.
Along with all the other excitement we can’t forget that we attended sessions at the 89th Annual National FFA Convention. They put on a laser show introducing all the states for the opening reflection ceremony. We also heard from many motivational speakers such as Colin Ryan, retiring addresses from National Secretary Nick Baker, National President Taylor McNeal, and National Eastern Vice President Sydney Snider. The convention was very exciting and lots to see. There was so much to do and so little time so we are all hoping to attend the convention again!!!