Section Science Fair
Renee Gehrke advances in Creed Speaking
The ILCA Landscape Design Banquet was held in Schaumburg. This is an Industry wide awards ceremony for professionals in the Landscape and Horticulture Industries. Part of this banquet includes a college and high school design contest put on by professional architects. For the contest students had to create a design based on a real-life property, meet the needs of the client, and develop a plan using proper horticulture and landscaping industry standards. For the 2nd year in a row Byron claimed the top 3 spots in the high school hand-drawn division. Kevin Claunch placed 3rd, Alex Buseski placed 2nd, and this year’s State Champion is Alexis Beckman. Their designs are attached and on display down by the Ag room.
December 5, 2017 Dr. Temple Grandin Speaks
Kennedy Roth, Grace Whitmer, Chase Beitel, Dr. Temple Grandin, Renee Gehrke, Chloe Fuller, and Kristen Poppen
Byron FFA Members traveled to Sycamore High School on December 5, 2017 to attend a lecture given by Dr. Temple Grandin. The topic of her lecture was common livestock handling mistakes. As many FFA members keep livestock for projects, she focused on things that students could do to improve their Stockmanship. Dr. Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, a designer of livestock handling facilities, and an Autism Advocate. Dr. Grandin has written many books about livestock handing and breeding. Her life is portrayed in the HBO movie “Temple Grandin”, starting Claire Danes, which won seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Today, half of the cattle in the United States and Canada are handled in systems that have been designed by Dr. Grandin. She was able to use her unique abilities and passions to design these facilities and methods of care. FFA Member were able to meet Dr. Grandin, ask questions, and purchase books.
Illinois FFA Reporter, Ryan Reeverts, was also in attendance. Ryan is a 2016 graduate of Byron High School.
November 28. 2017 Agronomy CDE
Byron High School FFA was very successful at the Section 2 FFA Agronomy CDE. The contest was held at Rochelle Township High School on November 28, 2017. Participants in the Agronomy CDE must possess an in-depth knowledge of seeds, insects, soils and crops. They must also demonstrate skills in solving complex problems related to crop production. The team took 3rd place with Warner Hinrichs receiving 7th place individual and Olivia Ebens receiving 2nd place individual.
November 28, 2017 Dairy Products CDE
On November 28, 2017 Byron Middle School and High School FFA traveled to Rochelle Township High School to participate in the Section 2 FFA Dairy Judging CDE. Students identified cheese, scored milk samples, and determined real verses artificial dairy products. Byron Middle School took 2nd place in their division with Ashton Palmgren receiving 3rd place individual and Margaret Burrows receiving 4th place individual. The Byron FFA would like to thank The Cheese Market in Freeport, IL for their support and supplying cheeses for practices.
Byron HS Team
Samantha Osborne, Chase Beitel, and Grace Whitmer
Byron MS Team
Bruce Gehrke, Ashton Palmgren, Margaret Burrows, Chloe Fuller, and Jack Lancaste
November 11, 2017 Meat Judging CDE
Byron FFA Successful at Section 2 Meat Judging
Byron Middle School and Byron High School FFA hosted the Section 2 FFA Meat Judging CDE on November 11th at Eickman’s Processing Company in Seward, IL. Both Byron teams took 1st place in their division with Eli Johnson 1st place individual and Jeff Williams 2nd place individual.
November 7, 2017 Press Release
Byron Agriculture Department receives Monsanto Grant
Last year the Byron Agriculture Department wrote a grant for 6 tower gardens, and was awarded this grant through the Monsanto Fund. The grant was for $6,600 and used to purchase all the materials and supplies needed. The goals of this grant are wide ranging. The Agriculture Department really want to have students grow their own food. The tower gardens provide this by being able to grow produce inside in a hydroponic water and nutrient solution indoors and year round. Since our growing season doesn’t coincide with the school year, the tower gardens will provide that learning experience for our students. Working with Food Service personnel, the produce is also going to be harvested and made available for students to eat in the cafeterias. This will provide a healthy and fresh source of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and herbs. Using the Tower Gardens the students will also be exposed to many scientific principals and have to perform pH and electro-conductivity tests of the nutrient solution to keep the plants healthy and growing. A major goal of this project is to show all students that no matter where they live, on a farm, or even in an apartment, they can have a local source of fresh produce that they can even grow themselves. The Byron Agriculture Department would like to thank Pam Reeverts, Byron Food Service, Rachel Oraki, Tower Garden Representative, and Shane Ebersol, Monsanto Representative, for making this project possible.