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WOOSTER -- The Triway FFA had another educational and fun trip to the National FFA Convention this year.
During their travels, the stopped at an aquaponics farm, Fresh Harvest Farm. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, raising fish and hydroponics, the soil-less growing of plants. Members also toured Fair Oaks Farms, touring the dairy and pig operations. They had educational buildings, a birthing barn and a gift shop. At the gift shop you could watch them make their cheese and dairy products. The manager of the hog barn graduated from the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hunter's Honey Farm were other tours. Members also went to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the Cinch Rodeo.
Fourth general session with keynote speaker was Jason Brown. Brown was a NFL player who decided to walk away from football, and buy a 1,000-acre farm in North Carolina. He donates his sweet potatoes to food pantries and churches around North Carolina.
At the seventh general session, former chapter members Matthew Herman and Dylan Noble received their American FFA Degrees. The American FFA Degree is awarded at the National FFA Convention & Expo each year to less than one-half of one percent of FFA members, making it the organization's highest honor.
Trip chaperones were Mark and Julie Martin, Sean and Karen Donley and Katherine LeFever.