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Stick-To-It 4-H has fall party

The members of the Stick-To-It 4-H club met for their regular monthly meeting on Oct. 14 following a 48 Hours of 4H project: painting signs to remind others to stay safe during harvest season. The signs were then installed north of Morrowville and just east of Haddam and will be taken down once Harvest is over. The club meeting was held at the Haddam City Hall where the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Destyni Novak and the 4-H Pledge was led by Bryan Baxter. Dawson Strunk led the club in singing Happy Birthday for those celebrating birthdays in October.

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WashCo FFA places first

The Washington County FFA Chapter competed in the NC District Parliamentary Procedure/ Leadership School competition on Nov. 5 in Salina. The Washington County FFA Chapter finished as the first place chapter in the Overall North Central District Leadership School in both the Greenhand and Senior Divisions, earning the opportunity to move onto the state championships in May. The Greenhand Team, consisting of Alex Goodwin, Emily Jones, Coy Stamm, Tristin Wiggins, Natalie Harlan, Riley Dusin, Michaela Jueneman, Nathaniel Tice, Mandy Simmons, and Evyn Finlayson finished as the first place team in the overall Greenhand Division and swept top honors for both Opening/Closing Ceremonies as well as Parliamentary Procedure. Individual honors also went to Tristin Wiggins as she was named as the overall Top Secretary in the Greenhand Division. The team has now qualified to represent the North Central District at the State FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Competition in May.

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Birth announcement

Maura Leighanne Bruna

Brock and Melissa Bruna, of Greenleaf, announce the birth of a daughter, Maura Leighanne Bruna, who was born Sept. 24. She was 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Grandparents are Greg and Gayle Bekemeyer and Gary and Danielle Stone, all of Washington, and Steve Bruna, of Barnes.

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Farm Bill information

The ending of the 2014 Farm Bill and the anticipation and creation of a new Farm Bill are both intense concerns for River Valley District producers, as well as producers across the entire U.S. Two of the biggest topics within the Farm Bill are crop insurance and commodity programs (i.e. Agricultural Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage). Luckily, crop insurance has managed to make it through into legislation relatively unchanged, albeit the talk of eliminating crop insurance was very intimidating at one time. As far as commodity programs, ARC (Agricultural Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) are still being “processed,” for lack of better terminology. Producers were typically convinced in 2014 to choose ARC due to the fact the first year payment was usually higher than PLC. The one exception was sorghum, which had a higher number of producers who chose PLC for sorghum, which had a higher MYA (Marketing Year Average) price than corn.

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Technology helps with food traceability

What do pork and beef producers, food companies, and bankers have in common? Some of them are exploring how a relatively new way of keeping data, called blockchain, can help their businesses and industries.

“Blockchain is really just a database,” said Andy Brudtkuhl, director of emerging technology with the National Pork Board. He spoke recently to participants at a workshop sponsored by Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program, Kansas Department of Agriculture and Kansas Farm Bureau.

Brudtkuhl is researching the impacts and implications of the technology applied to the food supply chain and specifically, how it can benefit pork producers.

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Knox is student of the month

Kiara Knox

Kiara Knox is a sophomore at Clifton-Clyde High School and is this month’s Student of the Month. She is the daughter of Dustin and Mistie Knox and Erica Trost.

She has been in FBLA, Sharpshooters Clay Target League, volleyball, track for two years and basketball for one year. She has also been in FFA and on the FFA judging team for three years. She is the 2018-2019 FFA secretary.

She has medaled in the Clay Target League for two years and received top 4 at state and qualified for nationals in Michigan. Her future plans include studying Agriculture at Kansas State University.

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Youth compete in FFA dairy cattle event

Washington County FFA members attended the North Central District Dairy Cattle Career Development Event at the Ohlde Dairy in Linn on Oct. 11. The event consisted of four classes of cows, two classes of heifers, two sets of reasons, and a dairy cattle management exam. The WCHS Greenhand team finished in second place in the Greenhand division. Coy Stamm finished as third place individual, Peyton Chandler placed seventh, Nate Tice placed ninth and Lance Gerleve finished in 21st out of 124 Greenhand individuals and 18 teams competing in the event.

In the senior division the team placed fifth. Tray Zabokrtsky led the team as the Overall Individual Reasons High Individual and by placing as the sixth place individual. Additional team members include Camryn Boykin, Drew Buhrman, Sadie Baustert, Racheal Craig and Austin Parrack.

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Hospital installs Wall of Providers

Washington County Hospital has recently installed the Wall of Providers. The wall features framed photos of the hospital’s doctors and nurse practitioner. Dr. David Hodgson, who is a Hutchinson High School graduate, has been a doctor at the hospital since July 1974 and spent his career at Washington. Hanover native Andrea Blumer has been a nurse practitioner at the hospital since March 2016. She was a registered nurse before that and worked at the hospital. Dr. Kellen Sherlock, who is a Washington native, joined the hospital in August 2015.

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Fischer celebrates 30 years

David Fischer, center, was recently recognized for 30 years of service to the U.S. Postal Service. Pictured with Fischer are Washington postmaster Rick Reed and Linda Weaver.

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Geography Bee

Anthony Ayala

Linn Elementary School had the 2018 Geographic Bee on Dec. 12. Participants for the Bee were students from grades 5 - 8. Preliminary rounds were held earlier to determine which two students would represent their grade in the final competition. On Wednesday the Final Round was held and was followed by the Championship Round. Each contestant took turns answering questions. Students were eliminated after answering two questions incorrectly. The competition continued until two Championship Round contestants were identified as well as the third place finisher. The Championship Round was then held to determine this year's champion.

The Linn Elementary School Geographic Bee 2018 Champion is Anthony Ayala. Anthony is the son of Alvaro Ayala and Veronica Contreras. The runner up was Carissa Kolle, daughter of Royce and Deanna Kolle. Third place went to Morgan Wurtz, daughter of Ryan and Shannon Wurtz.

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