Wayne Area Legacy Fund Presents Check To FFA For Beef Project


WAYNE – As the Wayne Area Legacy Fund begins to accept new project for their 2022 donations, another check was recently presented to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter in Wayne.

Just outside the agricultural classroom at Wayne Jr/Sr High School, the Wayne Area Legacy Fund was joined by Toni Rasmussen, Ag/FFA Instructor.

Last Spring, the Large Animal Management Class decided they wanted to buy cattle. The group bought four head from Terry Gilliland and they were 385 pounds. Wayne FFA has been coordinating the feed and vaccinated when needed and anything else that needs to be done with cattle.

This year’s fall course is Animal Science which is needed to be taken before Large Animal Management or Vet Science.

“It’s just a pre-req to get in,” said Rasmussen. “So, the Large Animal Management is the class that kind of took this project under their wing and decided to crunch all the numbers, see what kind of feed and figure out the solutions to it since we don’t have a facility on school grounds.”

Of the four, one will be going to Beef In Schools as the remaining were sold in quarters and halves to be put in families freezers. A big thanks goes to Scott Sievers for letting the group house the cattle.

The idea came from an officer with the Wayne FFA Chapter. Rasmussen added she likes to follow-up on the ideas of their members.

“While being feasible but also understanding that ‘hey, if they’ve got something and they’re passionate about it let’s go for it and let’s try it’,” Rasmussen added. “Appreciate always what they bring to me. Sometimes we don’t always do them, but it’s nice to see of what they think of, what they see and what they hear and keep in mind it’s a student-led organization.”

The Wayne FFA Chapter appreciates the $2,000 check from the Wayne Area Legacy Fund as the feed for the cattle has been a big expense that it will assist with.

Rasmussen mentioned if Wayne FFA does this again, it would need to be closer to town.

“But it has been really good for the kids and scheduling them to feed,” Rasmussen mentioned. “With the 83 people in the chapter, there’s been approximately 40 kids that have fed at least once, so, that’s been nice to see them get involved. So nice to see the upperclassmen kind of take some underclassmen under their wing and getting them involved in the process and to see the project through.”

In the spring of 2022, Wayne FFA will be busy with their contest season. Livestock judging will begin in January along with Career Development Event (CDE) competitions in February and March. The goal is to get each of the 83 Wayne FFA Chapter members into a CDE competition.

Like Wayne Ag Ed on Facebook or visit wayneschools.org for more information. Also, visit nebcommfound.org/give/wayne-area-legacy-fund/ for the application or contact Bill Dickey at  bill.dickey67@gmail.com with any questions about the Wayne Area Legacy Fund.