Roundup of FFA news for Feb. 2, 2017

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WEST SALEM, Ohio — On Jan. 9, Northwestern FFA members picked up Christmas Trees in the community. Members Kyle Piscione, Austen Wood, Brock Tegtmeier and Cody Tegtmeier participated. The trees were donated to the West Salem Beagle Club and will be used for wildlife habitats.

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Twenty-three Zane Trace FFA members attended the 212° and 360° conference, Jan. 14-15, in Dublin.

The conference helps FFA members improve leadership skills, discover their passions and set SMART goals to improve themselves and their chapters.

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Crestview FFA members traveled with Clearfork FFA members to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, in mid-January.

On the way, they toured the Tyson Meat processing plant, Anheuser Busch brewing company, Steamboat Arabia Museum, Flint Hills Discovery Center, Lloyd Waller Feedlot, Hornady Manufacturing, the University of Nebraska, Midwest Laboratories, Hawkeye Breeders, the John Deere Seeding Group and John Deere Harvester Works, and Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks, Indiana.

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SALEM, Ohio — Tractor Supply Co. is awarding Grants for Growing — starting at $500 — to qualifying FFA chapters. To win a grant, FFA advisers must visit http://www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing and complete the application.

The Grants for Growing program is a partnership with the National FFA Foundation, and is intended for FFA chapters that want to make a difference in their communities with critical project funding.

Grants are awarded to deserving FFA chapter initiatives in the spring. Grant recipients are selected based on proposals detailing how they will start or expand a project that will benefit their communities well into the future.

The minimum competitive grant amount is $500 for participating chapters and there is no cap on the amount of funding a chapter can request for its project.

Submissions are due by Feb. 13. For more information, visit https://www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing.

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