If you haven't heard funding for Ag Programs across the state was approved by the Governor in late June. Thanks to everyone that called and sent in letters to our local representatives!
Congratulations to Danny Moretti for being a National Proficiency Finalist in Poultry Production. Danny is in the top 3 at this point for the award. Good luck Danny back at Nationals in late October. You can watch how Danny does on RFDTV during October 29 - November 1.
Well our members all did great at the 3 fairs we attend. Rio Pagliaro won the Supreme Champion Market Hog at the Marin County Fair. She also did well at the Sonoma County Fair having a Champion and Reserve Champion Market Lamb. Rio also competed in the Master Showmanship Contest as well. We won't know if she won for a few days. She won every class in the Breeding Sheep Southdown Show also. Katie Arndt took a Reserve Champion with one of her goats and Mike Edwards also had a Reserve Champion Lamb. Manny Brazil did well also at the Sonoma County Fair winning a Supreme Champion and a Champion with his dairy cattle. Lane Norman took a Reserve Champion with his Angus Market Steer. All 3 fairs went well and even though our numbers were down, Tomales took home lots of ribbons.
Here is the latest update I have about the cut to the Ag Incentive Funding. The bill AB 2033 that would restore the funding was approved in the Budget Committee and has moved on to the legislature for a review and vote. It is likely to get approved, but will probably be line item vetoed by the Govenor when he signs the budget this summer. Please go the www.saveffa.com and sign the petition to Save FFA in California!
Danny Moretti won a State Proficiency in Poultry Production at the FFA State Convention in Fresno on April 20th. He will be moving on the National Contest in October. Congrats Danny!
If you have not hear yet, Govenor Brown has eliminated funding for all Ag Programs in the state as of July 1, 2014. Please contact your local State Representatives and voice your opinion. This cut in funding will have drastic effects to agriculture education in the nations leading agriculture state. Don't assume someone else will contact your local represenatitive! Please call or write them now!
Our first annual Sweetheart Dance on Feb 7th was a big hit with everyone. Over 60 students bought tickets for the event. Julie Bibee was selected to be the Sweetheart this year and the 2 princesses were Summer Cassel and Julissa Bravo. Congratulations to all!
This year the Marin County Fair has decided to allow students to only sell one animal again due to the lack of buyers in the past. All hogs will need to be tagged by myself or the 4-H leader John Taylor. Students will also have to have a picture taken at that time with the hog and the tag must be visible. The sale & show will be Sunday July 6th this year.
If you are planning on taking a hog to either Marin County Fair or Sonoma County Fair and you want me to find an animal for you please contact me immediately. I still do not know yet whether or not your will be able to sell two hogs at Marin County Fair. As soon I as I hear I will post it. I do not know about a sheep show yet either.
Practice for the speaking contests has started. Creed practices are on Tuesday & Thrusdays at lunch and Impromtu, Prepared, Job Interview and Extemp are on Wednesday & Fridays.
The chapter is also creating updates that will air on KWMR radio once a month. It should air on the First MOnday of each month at 4pm. For more information contact KWMR.
If you are interested in taking a pig or lamb to the Marin County Fair please contact me asap. I am trying to work outhte details with the fiar grounds in January to allow students to take 2 pigs this year and start the Lamb Show/Sale.
Our first sign was officially completed last week with our Torchmate computerized plasma cutter. We are now accepting orders. A 2'x3'x3/16" sign will cost approximately $250 for bare metal depending on the layout. If you want it painted it is an extera $50.
The Marin RCD donated a no till seeder to the chapter back in the early fall. It rents for $100 for MALT members and $200 for Non-MALT members. Please contact me for more information or to set up a rental time. There is usually a waiting list. So far we have been able to bring in over $800 in profit from the rentals!
Author: Mr. Costanzo
Ag Teacher for 18 years. Advisor at Tomales for the last 12 years. Grew up in Escalon, California. Graduated from Fresno State University in 1996.