Louisa-Muscatine FFA Teams compete in State Career Development Events
Submitted by Alexa Wehrle and Brandon Burmeister, Louisa-Muscatine FFA Reporters

Students from Louisa-Muscatine High School’s FFA Chapter have been busy so far this summer. They have been giving up their days off to come back into the classroom and travel across Iowa to learn and to prepare themselves for a future in agriculture. These FFA members have spent countless hours preparing to compete in their respective State Career Development Events.
The Nursery-Landscape Team of Tristan Rinnert, Andrew Reynolds, CJ Sturms, Hattie Spies, and alternate Hunter Connor placed 2nd in the State FFA Nursery Landscape Career Development Event held at Kirkwood Community College on June 14, 2016. They were the top team in identification and the top team in customer service. Tristan Rinnert was the 4th overall individual, Hattie Spies was the 7th overall individual, CJ Sturms was the 9th overall individual, and Andrew Reynolds was the 12th overall individual.
The team had to identify over 60 trees, shrubs, and groundcovers, 60 landscape tools, plant diseases, disorders, weeds, and insects. They also completed a knowledge exam, landscape estimating, problem solving, and customer service. The team visited the Iowa State University Horticulture and Agronomy Departments, Reiman Gardens at ISU, and Culvers Greenhouses and Garden Center in Marion, IA, to help prepare for the contest.

Left to right: Hunter Connor, CJ Sturms, Hattie Spies, Tristan Rinnert, and Andrew Reynolds.

The Floriculture Team of Katie Harris, Olivia Danz, Grace Schlutz, and Cloey Schultheis, along with alternate Mara Starkweather, placed 4th in the State Floriculture Career Development Event held at Kirkwood Community College on June 14, 2016. Olivia Danz was the 5th place overall individual.
The team had to create floral arrangements and corsages, complete a knowledge test on pesticides, floral and greenhouse production, and problem-solving, and identify over 60 plants and flowers. The team worked with Flowers on the Avenue in Muscatine to develop their floral design skills. They also visited with the Iowa State University Horticulture and Agronomy Departments, Reiman Gardens at ISU, and Culvers Greenhouses and Garden Center in Marion, IA, to help prepare for the contest.

Left to right: Mara Starkweather, Katie Harris, Olivia Danz, Grace Schlutz, and Cloey Johnson.

The Ag Mechanics team of Lane Crumly, Dustin Crumly, and Brady Hafner placed 15th in the State FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event held at Iowa State University on June 9, 2016. The team had to wire outlets, lay out a swine operation, operate skid loaders, build a wood project from a blueprint, and complete an MIG welding project. They also answered 15 questions over each of the five areas they completed. The team worked with the Altorfer Caterpillar Dealership in West Branch, IA, to practice their skid steer operation skills.

Left to right: Brady Hafner, Dustin Crumly, and Lane Crumly.

Congratulations to all our teams! We look forward to working on other career development opportunities throughout the summer.