FFA Acquaintance Day 2015
On a cold and rainy November day, the last thing students expected was to be snacking on freshly-picked, vine-ripened tomatoes grown locally in Rochelle. But 42 DeKalb County FFA members and their ag teachers did just that after their tour of MightyVine’s 7.5 acre hydroponic greenhouse. This was the first stop during Farm Bureau’s 2015 FFA Acquaintance Day. The annual Acquaintance Day provides DeKalb County FFA members with awareness of career opportunities, exciting agricultural experiences and an understanding of the Farm Bureau organization.
After departing MightyVine with a newfound knowledge of hydroponics and tummies full of tomatoes, students were transported to an airplane hangar at Hendrickson Flying Service, Inc. Here they learned about aerial crop application through the use of small planes and helicopters.
Students also toured Tate & Lyle Custom Ingredients of Sycamore. They observed the blending process of ingredient mixes for dairy products and were treated to ice cream cones and chocolate milk.
Participants then returned to the Farm Bureau building where they concluded their day with an informational scavenger hunt to learn about the Farm Bureau and affiliated companies.
Members from all seven of DeKalb County’s FFA chapters partook in this year’s program. Participation in this program is a prerequisite for chapters to send delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliates Youth Conference. That conference will be held in East Peoria, Illinois in April of 2016.