Recently, Taylorville FFA members had the opportunity to exhibit produce, grain, and products produced in their Supervised Agriculture Experience in Sullivan, IL at the Section 16 Fall Grain Fair.
Students had the opportunity to exhibit everything from corn and alfalfa hay to canned vegetables and pumpkins. Students were not only awarded ribbons for their projects, but also cash premiums. In the area of Vegetable Produce, Merisha and Mogan Mollet were the top winners by exhibiting canned produce and fruit from their garden and orchard. Joel Ashburn was the champion exhibitor in the area of Oil Crop with is his sample of Monsanto Soybeans. Amy Heberling was awarded the champion forage exhibit with her Round Ready Alafalfa hay that was produced from Crop Land Seed. In the area of fall tomatoes, Katie O'Brien placed first with her grape and celebrity varieties. Cole Emerson was the winner in Greenhouse Crops with his Wondering Jew hanging basket. Other students that competed very well with their corn and soybean samples were Andrew Livingston, Spencer Curtin, Austin Norris, and Ben Curtin. "These students have worked very hard for several months on these projects and deserve recognition for their efforts. A sample of grain or a can of vegetables might seem like a small exhibit, but several hours of planning, hard work, and dedication went into these projects. Supervised Agriculture Experience Projects are a great way for students to learn responsibility and work ethic. The grain fair is a great way for students to show off their hard work and receive a little reward for their efforts." Says advisor Monte Elvidge.