Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau participated in the Fall Leadership Day on Sept. 12 at the Rochester Community Technical College where they worked with fellow FFA members to develop leadership and communication skills, which will help the local FFA chapter work more efficiently.
Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau participated in the Fall Leadership Day on Sept. 12 at the Rochester Community Technical College where they worked with fellow FFA members to develop leadership and communication skills, which will help the local FFA chapter work more efficiently.
An early start to the school year didn't throw off members of the Fillmore Central FFA Chapter. Since school began on Aug. 20, members have participated in a variety of contests and events.

On Sept. 12, Braden Hahn and Mitch Ristau attended Fall Leadership Day at Rochester Community Technical College where they got to meet and collaborate with fellow FFA members from southeastern Minnesota while gaining leadership and communication skills that will help the local FFA chapter work more efficiently.

Several FC FFA members have also participated in a few invitational practice livestock evaluation contests including Tri-State Dairy Day at Northeast Iowa Community College on Sept. 13, the Miller Invitational on Sept. 18 and the Stewartville Invitational contests on Sept. 26. These contests are a great way to help students prepare for regional competition in River Falls, Wis., on Oct. 12.

A popular contest this fall has been the trapshoot event. The team of Clay Fishbaugher, Sam Bahl, Will Nolan, Luke Ristau, Brady Ristau and Ryli Tostenson competed in the regional contest held in Zumbrota on Sept. 15 and placed sixth. On Sept. 29, Clay, Sam, Will, Luke and Bronson Hahn traveled to Marshall, where they competed in the state FFA trapshoot contest.

FFA members have also gotten a head start on fundraising. They helped with the grape harvest at Windy Willow Vineyard on Sept. 9 where they picked 900 pounds of grapes in a few short hours. The members also went to pick pumpkins and gourds in an effort to help a St. Charles FFA member with a Supervised Agriculture Experience project. Each student that helped earned money for themselves and for the FFA chapter.

The Fillmore Central chapter has also been extremely fortunate to receive nearly $1,500 in donations through a program sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and area veterinary clinics. This money is used to cover registration expenses for contests and conferences while also funding other trips and activities. For this reason members are very appreciative of this support!

It has been a busy fall thus far and the members are looking forward to upcoming competitions and events, while the chapter continues to grow in numbers.