12/4/2013 8:11:00 AM Chino Valley FFA reaps awards at state and national levels
Geri Kinsley Special to Review
After receiving the award for the number one Agriculture and FFA (Future Farmers of America) program in the State of Arizona in June, nine students and their advisors from the Chino Valley High School Agriculture and FFA program traveled to the 86th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., in October. There they added to the year's honors with a National Superior Chapter award as a Two Star program, meaning it's among the top 200 FFA chapters in the nation.
Chapter President Maddie Zambrano and Vice President Hunter Fornara represented Chino Valley on stage at the awards banquet.
In November the Arizona Farm Bureau presented the Chino Valley FFA's Cooper Ag Center with the 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award for all of its hard work and dedicated service to Arizona agriculture.
"Each and every day the students and teachers of the Ag department at CVHS are making a positive difference in our community," CTE/Ag teacher Casey Farnsworth said. "Many of these students go on to college seeking a degree in an agricultural field and some are hoping to become Ag teachers to pass on their knowledge and passion for agriculture and to help build successful programs in other areas."
On Nov. 26, students from the program processed farm fresh Thanksgiving turkeys to be picked up the next day for quality and freshness.
"Today the kids and I are processing 34 free range turkeys that have been raised on irrigated pasture here on the Cooper Ag Center. Just one more successful product that we can offer to our supportive community," Farnsworth said. "All of these turkeys have been pre-sold at $3.50/lb. to those within the tri-city area and even Phoenix. This is the first year that we have raised turkeys for Thanksgiving and it has been so successful that we may be doubling our numbers for next year. I just want to thank our community for all of their support to our AG/FFA program year after year."
All profit from farm fresh turkey, chicken, beef cattle, goat, lamb and orchard grass hay sales go back into the program to educate students and prepare them for success in the agriculture industry.