The Grinnell FFA Experience the Action all-senior team was named state champions, earning a gold rating at the 93rd State Leadership Conference, held April 19-20, at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines. Pictured are, from left, front row: Morgan Peak, Brianna Mouchka, Megan Mauss, Jenna Tuttle, Maddie Elliott, Kaia Hoffmann. Back row: Ashley Wolfe (advisor), Eli Rose, Jared Nickel, Ashton Hale, Jared Nickel and Ethan See. Submitted photo.
by J.O. Parker
The Grinnell FFA Chapter wrapped up the 93rd State Leadership Conference, held April 19-20 at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines, by bringing home a state championship honor and two other awards.
Grinnell FFA’s Experience the Action (ETA) team earned state championship honors, earning gold rating. Team members developed an enthusiastic presentation that marketed Agricultural Education and FFA. FFA members on the ETA team included: Brianna Mouchka, Megan Mauss, Ashton Hale, Kaia Hoffmann, Eli Rose and Madison Elliott. Alternates included Jenna Tuttle, Jared Nickel, Morgan Peak and Ethan See.
Grinnell FFA Team Ag Sales earned runner up honors at this year’s state conference, also earning a gold rating. Ethan See finished eighth-place individual while Jack Nickel finished in ninth place in the team Career Development Event. Joining Ethan and Jack on the team were Morgan Peak and Jack Nickel.
FFA teams from 63 chapters participated in this year's CDE designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of Agriculture Sales. The 250 individuals who participated in the event each completed an objective test, made a sales presentation, and performed a customer relations practicum. All team members worked together to prepare a marketing plan and make an oral presentation of the plan to the judges.
The Grinnell FFA Conduct of Meetings wrapped up the state convention with a sixth place finish and a silver rating. Team members included Wyatt Eaton, Blaine Graff, Lexi Spooner, Ella Smothers, Sophia Louden, Andrew Peterson and Kaiden Brobst.
Teams participating in this event were composed of seven members organized to act out the duties of an officer team. Teams were required to perform opening ceremonies, demonstrate two parliamentary procedure abilities, and successfully close a meeting. This event aids in the development of leadership abilities of young members for present and future chapter activities.
Two Grinnell FFA members served as voting delegates at this year’s state convention. Hayden Eaton and Oliver Louden had an opportunity to vote on next year’s state FFA Officers.
“They listen to the candidates give a speech and then vote,” said Grinnell FFA Advisor Ashley Wolfe.
Wolfe said each FFA chapter in attendance has two delegates who vote.
The Grinnell FFA Team Ag Sales earned runner up honors and a gold rating. Pictured are, from left: Morgan Peak, Jared Nickel, Ethan See, Jack Nickel and Ashley Wolfe (advisor). Ethan See was the eighth-place individual and Jack Nickel finished the day as ninth-place individual. Submitted photo.
The Grinnell FFA Conduct of Meetings Team finished the state convention with a sixth-place honor and silver rating. Pictured, from left, front row: Sophia Louden, Ella Smothers, Lexi Spooner. Back row: Andrew Peterson, Blaine Graff, Kaiden Brobst and Wyatt Eaton.
Two Grinnell FFA members served as voting delegates at this year’s convention. They are, from left, Hayden Eaton and Oliver Louden. The two FFA members voted on next year’s state leadership. Submitted photo.
The Grinnell Farmers Market will begin the 2021 season on Thursday, May 13 from 3 – 6 p.m and Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. - noon. Vendor application for both full time and part time vendors are being accepted for both Thursday and Saturday markets. Grinnell Farmers Market is organized by the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Grinnell Mutual with additional partnerships with Grinnell College and UnityPoint Health - Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Market Set Up
Market will again be held at the corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street. Vendors will have additional spacing between booths to help maintain distance between vendors and between customers. At least three hand sanitizing stations will be available for customer and vendor use at market. These stations will be located at the entrance and exit of the market along with one in the middle. All will have signage encouraging people to sanitize their hands when they enter and exit the market. Vendors are strongly encouraged to sanitize their hands frequently.
In an effort to expand access to customers, an online option to order or shop the market products is available for the 2021 market. Using the website, GrinnellToGo.com, each vendor may choose to make their own profile and list their products. Customers will be able to order products online and pay with a debit or credit card. Customers wishing to use SNAP, DUFB or Grinnell Grocery Vouchers will check the “pay at store” options.
We have implemented the following customer expectations to help maintain safety of all market participants. We ask that customers abide by these expectations to the best of their ability.
● STAY HOME: if you or someone in your household are awaiting COVID test results, have had a fever in the last 3 days, been ill, or are showing signs of respiratory illness (coughing and weezing).
● Face Masks: All will be encouraged to properly wear masks or shields while attending the market.
● Use Hand Sanitizer/Wash: There will be at least 3 hand sanitizing stations set up for the market. One on at the entrance, one in the middle of the vendors, and one as customers exit. All will have signage encouraging people to sanitize their hands when they enter and leave the market.
● Maintain 6 Feet of Social Distance: All will be asked to maintain 6 feet of social
distance when possible.
● Point to Pick: All will be asked to check for signage or with vendors before touching products on tables.
● Reusable Bags: will be encouraged at market this year
Market managers and staff greatly appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we all navigate an ever-changing situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to ensure our community has access to fresh, local foods and products, while maintaining a safe environment for our community and vendors. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, adjustments may be made to vendor and customer expectations.
Applications for market vendors are now being accepted. Those interested in applying to be a vendor at the Grinnell Farmers Market can find more information at www.grinnellfarmersmarket.com or can contact the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, firstname.lastname@example.org or 641-236-6555.