Centre FFA students learn about commercial horticulture

Centre FFA members participated in the South Central District entomology career development event March 24 at Buhler. Members took a knowledge test and identified 40 specimens of insects.

The A team of Shania Svitak, Hannah Peterson, and James Spohn placed fifth overall. The greenhand team of Raeanne Bryant, Karoline Chizek, Valerie Craney, Katie Marler, and Rebecca Reneau placed fourth.

Following the event, the group toured Stutzman’s Greenhouse and Garden Center in Pleasantview, where they viewed the entire horticultural process from planting and growing to marketing.

“The students were amazed at how big a commercial greenhouse business really is,” adviser Laura Klenda said.

With the goal of developing their leadership skills, eight members participated March 21 in the Kansas FFA Leader Lab Conference at Junction City. They were Bryant, Chizek, Makenzie Deines, Cassidy Hill, Kevin Lewis, Peterson, Reneau, and Karl Riffel.

The senior livestock judging team of Riffel, Chad Mueller, Hill, Jared Barney, and Bryce Naerebout placed first March 1 at the Newton Livestock Invitational.

 

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