Thursday, December 21, 2023

Exeter-Milligan Update: Ag and Welding


Ag Update 

By Miranda Segner, Exeter-Milligan Ag Ed Instructor and FFA Advisor


The fall semester of agriculture classes has kicked off to a great start! 


Welding students have completed four weld tests using Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick) and will be doing the same as we switch over to Gas Metal Arc Welding (Wire). 


The 8th grade class is currently covering the basics of animal terminology and care. Coming up, they will be exploring careers in agriculture followed by a shop unit where they will each have the opportunity to try welding.


Plant Science class just completed plant growth trial experiments testing a variety of factors dealing with light, temperature, and water which built on their previous unit about soil in plant development. Their next unit will focus on plant pests, including diseases and insects.


The Animal Science class put the finishing touches on their animal housing models which included a feedlot, chicken barn, and horse stable as they watched the Temple Grandin movie and learned about proper handling of livestock. This class will be moving into the animal products unit soon.


In Agribusiness class, they enjoyed a guest speaker from Generations Bank to finish up the financial unit where they learned about balance sheets, income statements, and budgets. The next unit is focused on commodity marketing where they will be competing in an online marketing simulation competition against other high schools in Nebraska.


And finally, the EMF FFA chapter has had a busy fall so far with members attending Husker Harvest Days, harvesting pumpkins with Farmers and Merchants Bank in Milligan, and serving meals to farmers at four local cooperatives. Some of our members also competed at District Livestock Judging on Oct. 18th. The Junior Team of Keltyn Kirchoff, Cohen Harre, Hunter Svehla, and Malorie Lawver placed 3rd and qualified for state. Coming up for the chapter is our annual Gift Card Drive in November for organ transplant patients at UNMC and competing at District Leadership Development Events in December.



Feed the Farmers - Jayden Capek, Josh Meyer, and Carter Milton


Welding - Pictured is Tyler Due working on a stringer bead using the SMAW process.



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