The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 24, 2014

Burlington FFA members learn about OSU Extension research

By Bayli Hyde, Burlington FFA Reporter
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Keeping up to date with current agricultural information is important for Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers.

Two Burlington FFA members recently attended Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service activities to gain information related to their supervised agricultural experience programs.  

Jonathan Armbruster and Ethan Barron attended the OSU Wheat Variety Testing Program where they listened to wheat specialists from Oklahoma State University review the performance of several wheat varieties. Armbruster also attended the musk thistle weevil roundup, where weevils were collected and relocated to areas with expanding populations of musk thistle.

Tommy Puffinbarger, ag educator fie Alfalfa County, said the weevil introduction program has been a success in controlling musk thistle in Alfalfa County. Armbruster and Barron hope to use the information they learned to improve the performance of their SAE programs.

Burlington FFA held its 64th annual banquet May 6. Thirty-four members, their families and FFA supporters joined to recognize this year’s achievements.

Every year, Burlington FFA honors members of the community who have supported the chapter with the Honorary Chapter Degree. This year’s recipients were James and Janet Maltbie.

The Star Greenhand is awarded to the student who has risen to the top of his or her class and excelled in leadership, citizenship and has developed a strong work ethic. This year’s Star Greenhand was given to Jonathan Armbruster and Bayli Hyde. Jenna Maltbie was honored as Chapter Star Farmer. The Chapter Star in agricultural placement was Heather Armbruster, and the Chapter Star in agribusiness was Carter Stewart.

Travis Bradshaw, adviser, was presented a T-shirt quilt from the sophomore girls and FFA Mother’s Club. The senior class had a commemorative brick for Bradshaw placed at the National FFA Center in Indianapolis.

Officers for next year are Sarah Garvie, president; Alysson Stewart, vice president; Abbie Newman, secretary; Jonathan Armbruster, treasurer; Bayli Hyde, reporter; Sadie Collins, sentinel; Ethan Barron, parliamentarian; and Tanner Rieger, chaplain.