MMCRU moves on to Farm Progress Show

Thursday, March 14, 2019

MARCUS — The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn-Remsen-Union FFA Chapter proved to impress yet another contest when the Pioneer® Brand A-Series Soybeans Big A Challenge announced their top 15 submissions to be featured during the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois.

“This is huge. I don’t think they really grasp how big this is — where it’s going and where it’s going to be seen,” shared MMCRU Agriculture Teacher Sam Schroeder. “The Farm Progress Show is the world fair for everything for agriculture.”

Submissions required FFA chapters to create a design for a dual-sided seven-foot-high ‘Big A’ and submit an essay that highlighted “A-Series soybeans’ cutting-edge science and game-changing yield potential while celebrating local communities.”

“We are impressed by the creativity from the next generation,” said John Schartman, Pioneer Soybean Category Lead, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. “The FFA chapters brought their ‘A’ game to the first round of competition. We’re excited to see how they will tie together A-Series soybeans, the Pioneer spirit and their local community in the final designs.”

Their ‘A’ design featured one side that spoke to the students’ view of local agriculture while the other side focused on education and community. They included a special design feature they hope will make a lasting impact on the judges.

“One thing that we thought would make our design stand out was a 3-D printed crown that was going to be green for Pioneer, but the crown represented our Royals mascot,” Schroeder explained.

MMCRU FFA will take their ‘Big A’ to the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, Aug. 28, to compete for cash prizes up to $2,500.

“If our chapter is selected as one of the three finalists we plan to invest the money as a start-up fund for a school high tunnel. Our school already has a greenhouse and we’re looking for ways to expand in the future, so a high tunnel is a perfect way to help provide more,” the MMCRU essay read. “Helping the community that made our chapter possible is one of our top priorities and having the opportunity to be a finalist would help us give back to the people that are the reason that we’re able to do this today.”