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New horizons for Future Farmers


Members of the CCHS Future Farmers of America check on Renaldo, the rooster, and
Fred, the rabbit, at the school’s small animal laboratory. From left are Samantha Ellison,
Justin LaFollette, Dakota Frazier, and Emma Conway.
Published: 8:15 PM, 02/21/2014 Last updated: 8:10 AM, 02/24/2014

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—The Future Farmers of America turned 86 years old this week, and members of the Cocke County High School’s chapter celebrated in high style.

Gone are the days when the school’s agriculture classes and club membership were limited to young men only.

Gone to are the days when studies emphasized on beef and dairy production in preparation for the graduates to take over the many family farms dotting Cocke County’s landscape.

In their place is a chapter with a membership of over 120 students in grades 9-12, many of whom are female.

In fact, of the club’s nine officers, seven are young ladies, including president Megan Wilds.

While beef and dairy production is still considered an integral part of America’s farming world, CCHS students also study the care of sheep, rabbits, chickens, and fish.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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