About the Tour
As one of the activities at the end of the school year, students in the FFA Chapter tour local ag businesses. Chaney Peterson is the leader of the Ag Ed and FFA (Future Farmers of America) for Sidney High School. Chaney Peterson took ten students and toured the local ag related businesses. In addition to touring the Agri-Plastics plant, the group toured Dinklage Feed Lot, House of Flowers, Pennington Seed, and John Deer.
During the plant tour, the students learned how calf hutches are made from start to finish. They were able to see resin pellets pulverized into a fine powder and the powder going into the metal mold. The students then watched the mold spin inside the oven, and then the product taken out of the mold by the Machine Operators. Next, they watched the Trimmers cut out the vents, windows and doors. The FFA students learned about the advantages of calf housing such as temperature control, ventilation, and easy access to feed and water.
About Ag Education/FFA
The FFA students learn about the variety of careers within the agriculture industry, as well as life skills like goal-setting, working in teams, building confidence, and participating in community service. They work together in area competitions, and gain experience and knowledge in ag-related careers.
Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technology of plant and animal production and about the environmental and natural resources systems.
FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success. Members are future veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, farmers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields. FFA is an intra curricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.