Welcome New Team Brock!

The Brock Center is a prime example of Cal Poly’s motto – Learn By Doing.
It has given us (Annie, Mary, Emma, and myself) valuable hands on experience through editing stories, designing layouts, taking photography, maintaining social media accounts and networking with industry professionals.

Brock 3Over the course of the year, we learned how important is it to effectively and accurately communicate the message of agriculture to consumers. The Brock Center made us all more certain we would like to pursue a career in agricultural communications.

It’s been incredibly rewarding seeing the Brock Center grow through our magazines, blogs and social media. We are so thankful to our director, Megan Silcott, for all the time, energy, and expertise she has shared with us. We are excited to see where the new team takes Brock Center!

~Samantha Wallace, Editor-in-Chief 2016-2017

Please help us in welcoming the new 2017-2018 Brock Center Team!!!


 

EmmaName: Emma Morris
Hometown: Etna, CA
Major: Agricultural Communication
Year: Upcoming Senior
Position: Editor-in-Chief

Describe your agricultural background?I was born and raised as the sixth generation on my family’s ranch in Northern California. Agriculture has always been a big part of my life—I was in 4-H for 10 years and in FFA for four years, and hope to continue my career in agriculture as a lawyer.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
I’ve loved getting more involved in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) and capitalizing on the endless opportunities it offers.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I love Instagram because I think photos are a powerful and effective way to share your story.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy being outdoors, reading, and listening to music.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I’m excited to be a part of the new team and to develop more design skills.


Elise Regusci Name: Elise Regusci
Home town: Modesto, California
Major: Dairy Science with a minor in Agricultural Communications
Year: Incoming Junior
Position: Associate Editor and Blog Manage

Describe your agricultural background
I was raised on my parent’s farm in Modesto, California with my twin sister Elisabeth and brother John Paul. My family farms a variety of crops including corn, almonds, walnuts, hay, beans, and pumpkins. I was involved in 4-H and FFA during my youth. My love for agriculture blossomed when I began showing Brown Swiss dairy cattle when I was 9 years old at local shows, the California State Fair, and the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. I plan to pursue a career in public relations/ communications in agriculture after graduation and eventually start a Brown Swiss and Holstein dairy with my brother and sister.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
Becoming a member of the Dairy Judging team has been the best decision I have made here at Cal Poly. Not only have I learned how to evaluate dairy cattle more precisely, but I have grown in confidence and decision making. Traveling across the country with my team to compete at contests and practice at farms has opened my eyes to the nation’s dairy industry.

What is your favorite social media platform?
Facebook is my favorite type of social media because it is easy to use in sharing articles and links compared to Instagram. However, Instagram is great for photography and infographics.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy traveling, showing my Brown Swiss cows, and spending time with friends and family.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am excited to work in editing and publishing blogs as well as to get more students involved in writing for the Brock Center. I am excited in being a part of this great team and learning more about communicating for agriculture.


 

Image 5-15-17 at 12.49 PMName: Chloe Fowler
 Home town: Ono, CA
Major: Agricultural Communications, Minor in Law and Society
Year: Incoming Sophomore
Position: Associate Editor

Describe your agricultural background
I am a seventh generation cattle rancher and have raised homegrown steers for the local fair for eight years. Being involved in both 4-H and FFA, I held many officer positions in 4-H and FFA including Treasurer, Vice President and President for my FFA chapter. In 2015, I was the Shasta County Beef Princess and became the Beef Ambassador in 2016. Here at Cal Poly, I have been active in Ag Ambassadors, Ag Communicators of Tomorrow and other clubs. This upcoming year I will be the Secretary for Ag Ambassadors and the Ag Counsel Representative for the Ag Communicators of Tomorrow.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
At Cal Poly, I have enjoyed making new friends who have a passion for agricultural, as well as those who don’t. A highlight was attending the World Ag Expo with the Ag Ambassadors club.  This club also had a beach bonfire which allowed me to bond more with the other students while playing games and eating amazing food.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I enjoy Instagram because of the visual level it brings to the viewer. However,  from a professional standpoint I prefer Facebook because it is more accessible to every audience, not just millennials.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy hunting, fishing, exploring, public speaking and watching sports.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team? I am looking forward to bettering my editing skills as well as furthering my knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and other Adobe products. I also look forward to gaining more of an eye for design.


 

IMG_0500.JPGName: Felipe (Phillip) Vallejo
Home town: Chowchilla, California
Major: Agricultural Science
Year: Incoming Sophomore
Position: Brock Associate

Describe your agricultural background
I grew up in an agricultural based town in the central valley. In high school, I got involved with FFA and my interest for agriculture sparked. From there I raised and showed market hogs at the local fairs, competed in judging and speaking events and also served as an officer for three years in the FFA

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
My favorite thing that I have done so far has been getting involved with clubs inside of CAFES. This year, I got involved with Latinos in Agriculture and Ag Ambassadors.

What is your favorite social media platform?
My favorite social media platform is Instagram and Twitter. For me, Instagram is a nice way to visually keep up with friends and family. I love seeing the creativity troughout my feed from all kinds of people. I also like Twitter because of the funny content as well as a way I stay informed about some current events.

What are your favorite hobbies?
Hammocking, going to the beach, bonfires, camping, and hanging with friends.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I look forward to managing the Brock Center Facebook page as well as  applying and developing skills in editing and design. I also look forward to creating a bond with the other Associates and promoting agriculture through the Ag Circle magazine.


Scott.JPGName: Scott Middlecamp
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Major: Journalism
Year: Fourth year transfer
Position: Associate Videographer, Social Media

Describe your agricultural background?
My family has a ranching history on both sides dating back five generations. One of the those farms is in San Luis Obispo which I have worked on my whole life. We raise meat cattle and have orchards of apples, oranges, lemons, persimmons, avocados, limes and more. However, now our main export is olive oil, which we used to hand-press and now process locally. Look for it at Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets!

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
My favorite thing that I’ve done is get accepted to Cal Poly as a transfer student. I went to community college for longer than it takes the majority of students to get a degree at a four-year university so I was very happy to take the next step in my academic career.

What is your favorite social media platform?
Instagram is by far my favorite social media platform (outside of Twitter for work) due to its versatility. It allows people to post stills and video, as well as write a caption that describes what the post is about. That caption can be so many things, informative, funny, one sentence or several paragraphs. The Story function just adds another way to share and connect on this versatile platform.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I enjoy photography, hiking and trying to find new vintage t-shirts in thirft stores.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team?
I am looking forward to growing and developing my video skills, as well as increasing the Brock Center’s audience engagement on Instagram.


 

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Name: Nathan Brickman
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Major: Agricultural Communication
Year: First year
Position: Associate Videographer

Describe your agricultural background?
I grew up far from agriculture but was always fascinated with where my food came from. I did work for a cattle rancher for a summer but other than that, I love good food and have developed an appreciation for those people who help bring it to our plates.

What has been your favorite thing you’ve done at Cal Poly?
Watching the sunset at some of the peaks around campus.

What is your favorite social media platform?
I like Vimeo because there are some great films on there.

What are your favorite hobbies?
It’s a long list, but some include surfing, fishing, eating, playing guitar and surfing.

What are you looking forward to most joining the Brock Center Team
Being behind the camera and becoming a better listener.

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2017 Spring Graduates

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! Thank you for your contributions to CAFES.
Best of luck in your future careers!

BLog.JPGName: Mary Allen  
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Agricultural Business
Home town: San Luis Obispo, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
Wow, there are some are so many to choose from! One of my favorite class at Cal Poly was AGC 407, Ag Publications with Megan Silcott. That class taught me how to use design software and affirmed my passion for my major.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
This spring, I was awarded Outstanding Senior for the agriculture communication major. Receiving this honor represented so much more than just an award. I saw it a special token of appreciation for all my hard work and time put into my major and CAFES.

 Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
I interned at the California Rice Commission in Sacramento during my junior year summer. I learned about the pesticide regulation process, environmental policies, communication strategies, and even spent some time in the Capital with legislators. I am so thankful for this internship which opened my eyes up to so much more than just rice!

Did you study abroad?
I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica for four months. I gained a global perspective of agriculture and a respect for the culture. I realized I want to work on an international level after my experience.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Try to live a balanced life and travel as much as you can. Then, you will discover yourself and become comfortable with who you are which will help you in all future endeavors.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be traveling to Europe for three weeks and then I will start working at Mariani Nut Company in Winters, CA in Sales and Marketing.  I am very excited!


 

senior picName: Clayton Carlson  
Major: Agriculture Science

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly
It is hard to pick between my top two favorite courses at Cal Poly, ASCI 225 with Dr. Spiller and DSCI 230 with Dr. Berning.  Both courses utilized their laboratory times in a practical manner and truly embodied the concept of  “learn by doing”.  Also, both courses were taught by professors who offered true experience in their fields and an immense amount of wisdom.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments at Cal Poly was the work that I put in at the Cal Poly Dairy.  I started as a milker my freshman year and graduated as the Dairy’s Feed-Yard Student Manager.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Yes, while the Cal Poly dairy kept me busy most summers, I was able to spend a summer as an intern with Santa Clara County Farm Bureau. I worked in the area of member and community outreach to work on strengthening agriculture literacy in the county

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. – Will Rogers

What are your plans after graduation?
First, I am embarking on a trip to Europe with five good friends to celebrate these past four years.  Then in the fall I will be returning to San Luis Obispo to pursue my Credentialing and Masters in Agriculture Education.


 

IMG_3557Name: Dominique DeMoss
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Education
Home town: Weaverville, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
One of my favorite classes at Cal Poly was BRAE 340. It was extremely challenging, but that’s why I liked it. It was probably the hardest I had to work in a class, but I loved every second of it. It was applicable to real-life situations and embraced the learn by doing motto!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student was being recognized at our department receptions. Being recognized for Dean’s List and club leadership shows that hard work really pays off.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can. You have one chance to experience and do so many things, so do them! Take the extra class because you’re interested in it, take the enterprise, use the rec center, and make that friend. Cal Poly is full of opportunity, take advantage of it.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending Cal Poly in the Fall for the Agricultural Education graduate program. I will be working on my single-subject teaching credential and masters.


 

HannagName: Hannah Fortin
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Sustainable Agriculture    
Home town: Susanville, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was actually, surprisingly, a poetry workshop (ENGL 388). As much as I absolutely adored all of my major classes, this poetry class not only allowed me to explore poetic literature and my ability to write it, but it also led me to develop deep relationships with fascinating peers

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments when our Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow club received the award of Small Club of the Year. As the president of the club this year, it was challenging for me to stay on my toes and balance my responsibilities for the club with other obligations in my life, and I feared I had not done a sufficient job to keep our winning streak going. Fortunately, I had a lot of help and support along the way. When we won, I was so relieved and elated. ACT has been a wonderful part of my life here, and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it.       

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
My sophomore summer, I interned at an immigration law firm in San Diego called Malitzlaw. I learned so much, and I helped put together entire petitions; it was amazing. My junior summer, I was an Extension and Communications Intern for Driscoll’s Research and Development team. I was able to do a lot of writing which I enjoyed and I tasted a ton of berries.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Always put people first. Help as frequently as you can – you never know when you’ll make a difference. That is what’s important in life, no matter what grades you get.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am so fortunate to have accepted a position as a law clerk at an agricultural labor and employment firm in Roseville, CA. I am so incredibly excited to begin.


Annie.JPGName: Annie Hamilton 
Major: Agricultural Communication
Home town: Rio Vista, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was AGC 407 with Megan Silcott.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
Designing the AgCircle magazine and then seeing the final copy in my hands!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Sophomore year I interned for NCAT- ATTRA in Davis, CA. I worked on the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Grant. Junior year I worked for Tremont/ Lyman Groups in Woodland, CA.


What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Everything in life works out and happens for a reason don’t overly stress, enjoy the ride!

What are your plans after graduation?
I have to finish a couple classes in the fall but then in January I will be starting my career in marketing at Tremont / Lyman Groups in Woodland, CA. I couldn’t be more excited!


 

DSC_6236Name: Veronica Lemus
Major: Agricultural Science
Home Town: Santa Paula, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
It is hard for me to say what my favorite class at Cal Poly was because I loved them all! Among my top classes has to be my animal science courses and horticulture courses because of labs.


What is one of your proudest moments 
while being a student?
My proudest moment while being a student came very recently. I stood back and realized, “hey I did it.” As a first generation college student I had many additional obstacles on campus including the feeling of not belonging and the fear of not doing well. However, I was able to overcome it by being involved in Latinos in Agriculture, doing what I love (agriculture), and with the support of wonderful faculty such as Dr. De Lay, and Dr. Flores. Now, I can’t believe I will be graduating. I’m proud for myself and my family.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
I am currently interning at Site One Landscape Supply. I also interned at Cal Seedling Company and Guimmara Agricom Inc.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
One piece of advice I can give to students, especially those preparing to graduate is to soak it all in and have fun. Time flies by, and before you know it your four years are over. Luckily, I get to come back for one more year!

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to continue working hard at my internship. Then I will come back in September to continue my credential and master’s program in Ag Education. I’m pursuing an agriculture teacher career.


 

IMG_1010Name: Kayla Manning
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agricultural Business
Home town: Bakersfield, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class during my time at Cal Poly was Floral Design with Melinda Lynch. Melinda made the class so much fun, and helped develop a love for floral design within me.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student was serving as the General Chair for the State FFA Judging Finals.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I interned for three years at the Santa Barbara County Fair, in the Entries Office.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
I would share with my fellow Mustangs to take advantage of every opportunity available to you. Don’t be afraid to get involved, and try something new.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I will be pursuing a career as an agriculture teacher. I will be student teaching at Nipomo High School in the Fall.


 

DSC_6438Name: Kendall Ott
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agribusiness
Home town: Livermore, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite classes were my wine marketing classes, WVIT 470 and 433, and AEPS 327, Vertebrate Pest Management by Dr. Headrick.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
My proudest moment is being able to graduate in four years while gaining a minor and taking an entire quarter off for an internship. I am also proud that I made Dean’s List multiple times.

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? 
Yes, I was a harvest intern for J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery during the 2016 harvest season.

What are your plans after graduation?
I am working full-time as a Tasting Room Manager for a winery in Paso Robles.


 

SavannahName: Savanah Rhine
Major: Agricultural Science
Home town: Hanford

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was BRAE 481, Advanced Ag Mechanics. I loved learning valuable skills; like how to pour concrete, drive trailers, weld, and make woodworking projects.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
My proudest moment in school would be finishing my bachelor degree program in 2 years after transferring from junior college.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
The advice I would give to the next class of graduates would be to finish their classes strong and make their last year at Cal Poly fun and memorable!

What are your plans after graduation?
My plans after graduation are to enter the credential program to get my single subject agriculture teaching credential and get my masters in Agricultural Education. Then I’ll pursue a career as a high school agricultural teacher.


 

KatieName: Katie Vierra
Major and Minor: Agricultural Science, Agribusiness
Home town: Modesto, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class at Cal Poly was AEPS 250, California Fruit Growing, because I learned so many facts regarding California’s commodities surrounding me and how important they are to our world. My professor was amazing and very passionate which made learning entertaining and fun. Our labs were interesting because we got to go to Cal Poly Crops Unit to study 14+ different crops grown in California! I would definitely recommend this class.

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments while being a student at Cal Poly was taking the excel class, AGB 260. I was very proud of this because I learned so many important tools that excel has to offer which will aid me in my future career. Another proud moment was being on Dean’s List for consecutive quarters!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly? If so, what were they?
My first internship was as a veterinary assistant at Premier Equine Rehabilitation Center  in Oakdale, CA.  I have also interned with Edwards, Lien & Toso in Hilmar, CA as an agricultural appraisal intern trainee. And lastly, I did an internship with Yosemite Farm Credit as a Lending Intern at different branches in the Central Valley.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
A piece of advice I can share from my experiences is to make the most of each day because 4 years goes so fast! Make as many memories as you can, be spontaneous, and try new things that you may never think you would like. You never know what curve balls life will throw at you, and taking risks and living through experiences will help you become a more well-rounded person in the long run!

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be taking a trip to Hawaii! Whooo hooo! Then I will be moving to Fresno, CA and working for Famous Software which is an agriculture produce software company as a Sales Representative. I am very excited to see what this has in store for me!

Sam.jpgName: Samantha Wallace
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication
Home town: Wheatland, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was Agricultural Publications (AGC 407) with Megan Silcott because I learned technical skills about graphic designing, editing and photography which got me an internship with California Women for Agriculture. It has also helped me with creating the Ag Circle magazines!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?
One of my proudest moments was becoming the 2016-2017 Editor-In-Chief for Brock Center for Agricultural Communications. I’ve loved the process of creating Ag Circle magazines with my fellow Brock Associates and student writers. I’m so grateful for the skills, experience and network I’ve gained through the Brock Center!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
Yes, I interned with California Women for Agriculture San Luis Obispo County. I was the Public Relations and Graphic Design intern for their largest fundraiser which supports local collegiate, 4-H and FFA student scholarships.

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate
I would say to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone!

What are your plans after graduation?
I am moving to Roseville, California and pursuing a career in public relations within the agricultural industry.


 

IMG_3551Name: Holly Wilson
Major and Minor: Agricultural Communication, Equine Science
Home town: Kingsburg, CA

What was your favorite class during your time at Cal Poly?
My favorite class was the colt starting class at the horse unit during my sophomore year. It was in that class that I met my best friend, and developed some of the greatest memories just riding around on our two-year-olds horses. I will always remember starting my own horse, and will use that knowledge when I go to train my own someday!

What is one of your proudest moments while being a student?The proudest moment of my college career was being a part of the production for the 77th Annual Poly Royal Rodeo, held for the first year in Spanos Stadium. Being down in the arena while 14,000 fans watched from up above was so surreal. I will never forget it!

Did you have any internships during your time at Cal Poly?
I was fortunate enough to have several internships during my time at Cal Poly. My first internship was with Jayne Wayne Design in downtown SLO, where I worked on her website and Facebook page for ShowHorse.Co.

My second internship was with the SLO Chamber of Commerce, which involved learning Photoshop and Premier, in order to edit their photos and videos for the blog. I was also able to write about some of the new businesses and ribbon cuttings in the county.

My final internship was during the fall of my senior year, where I traveled to Amarillo, Texas to intern with the American Quarter Horse Association. It was an amazing experience, that provided me with a wealth of knowledge to bring back with me. I was fortunate enough to live with the Director of Ranching, Kim Lindsey, during my time in Amarillo, and even got to ride her world champion horse, Reno.

 

What piece of advice can you share with students, especially those preparing to graduate?
Everybody says it, but these four years really do go by quick. My one piece of advice would be to not get so hung up on grades. In the end, it’s your experience and work ethic that determine what kind or career or job offer your going to receive outside of college. Build your resume, do things that you find exciting. College is a time for finding yourself outside the classroom, not in a textbook.

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be working for Best Ever Pads as their Marketing Manager. They are a custom saddle pad company located in Los Osos, whom I have been working with for over a year now. I’m really excited about the position, and also growing my own social media marketing company part-time on the side.

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A New Perspective of FFA State Conference

By Tyler Menane
Senior, agricultural communication major

For many of us agricultural students, we spent four years of high school in a blue corduroy jacket that kept us hot in the summers and cold in the winters. One memorable event from wearing the FFA jacket is attending the California State FFA Convention. We couldn’t wait to flood Selland Arena on the first night of convention to watch as the State FFA Officers traveled back and forth in time, drive in on an ice cream truck, or pop out of the stage jamming on the drums. The night was insanely exciting! From sitting in the chairs, to standing on the stage, to now serving as a staff member there seems to be four days in April that I look forward to every year.

This time in Fresno lets staff catch-up and have fun while working together to make the convention “Limitless”. This year several Cal Poly students contributed to help putting on a convention that included everything from challenging magic tricks to showcasing the amazing successes and work of members and the 2016-2017 State FFA Officer team.

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Cal Poly student staff:
Angelica Aldana
Dani Diele
Sheldon Overton
Haley Warner
Roman Wasckiewicz
Gage Willey
Russell Zimmerman
Tyler Menane

 

 

One Cal Poly student whose success was highlighted was freshman student, Emma Manoukian, who won the State Proficiency Award for Viticulture Production.

Another student who made a big statement was Armando Nevarez, a freshman BioResource & Agricultural Engineering student. He arrived at the conference with the goal to serve as a State Officer in the coming year. After numerous rounds of interviews, he was announced on April 25th as the 2017-2018 State FFA Treasurer.

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“Excitement” is how Nevarez simply stated his feelings when finding out he had made it to the top 12. “I’m most excited for Chapter Visits to see what they do and to have one-on-one conversations with members to actually get to know them,” explained Nevarez when asked what he expects to find
most thrilling during his next year.

Conference 1In the end, every April our Facebook or other social media posts remind us of our favorite times in and around Selland Arena. Late night talks with friends, making new connections with those who turn into best friends, and even listening to the inspirational messages during sessions, are all memories that I will look back on with a smile from State FFA Convention.

This next year marks a monumental change in the convention as it begins a two-year rotation between Anaheim and Sacramento as a result of the immense growth in the association in the past several years. One thing we can be most certain about is that we can’t wait to see how Armando will embrace the journey ahead.

We’ll see you in Anaheim!

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A win for the Cal Poly Logging Team

By Rachel Wehrman, Sophomore crop science major
and Erin Sheridan, Freshman crop science major

Cal Poly’s logging team is a group of men and women interested in forestry and traditional timber sports. The team is student run, therefore, the individual will improve based on effort and participation at practices and in volunteer work. In competition, individual success is critical for the team as a whole because each competitor earns points for the team’s grand total. There are a wide range of events to compete in, some individual and some partner.

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The most popular partner event is double bucking and/or Jack and Jill. In these events, both partners use a long cross cut saw to cut through a log as quickly as possible. It is called Jack and Jill with a man and woman and double buck with two of the same gender.

Some individual events include chopping, climbing, and axe throwing. In chopping events technique and precision are important factors. The idea is to chop through your block more quickly than your fellow competitors. As for climbing, participants race to the top of a pole or tree using specialized equipment. It is a timed event, women typically climb to 30 feet and men climb to 50 feet. Axe throwing is based on how accurately the competitor throws to the center of the target. This event requires patience and practice. The closer to the center the more points gained. While the previously mentioned events require physical ability, there are also technical events which are equally as important.

Some technical events include wood identification, traverse, and dendrology. These events require a broad knowledge of tree species and general forester skills. Specifically, in traverse the competitor is required to find a precise location using only a compass.

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President, Christopher Daunt, Vice-President, Joe Elliott, Equipment manager, Zack Plopp

Our Cal Poly Logging team competed at the biggest logging competition of the year, the Association of Western Forestry Competition (AWFC). This year AWFC was hosted in Flagstaff, Arizona. Not only was this experience a time for us to give it our all in competition, but it was a time to come together as a cohesive group. Next year Cal Poly will host AWFC. To prepare and gain experience, several new student recruits attended the competition as well. The upcoming members in particular were able to truly see how much time and dedication being successful in timber sports takes.  In order to prepare for hosting the competition, we will be putting an immense amount of time and effort, but are all extremely excited to bring AWFC to Cal Poly.

Through commitment and hard work, we took home first place at this year’s AWFC and are working hard to defend the title on our home turf next year. Being able to compete in such a large competition exposed us to the very skilled competitors we will face in years to come. There’s no doubt we’re proud to be a part of a team that we can always count on to send it.

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The NAMA Experience

By James Broaddus
Sophomore, agricultural communication major, agribusiness minor

The Cal Poly National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA) Team recently returned to Cal Poly with a suitcase full of hardware, big smiles, and another National Championship.

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Cal Poly has clinched nationals three out of the last four years under the guidance of advisor Dr. Linsey Higgins, a Cal Poly alumnus of the Agribuisness Department before earning her masters and PhD in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M. Higgins selected the team in November and meetings began the first week of December.

FavBricksThe seven-person team included (from left to right): Eleanor Harlan, an agribusiness senior from Woodland; Caitlin Stevenson, a agribusiness junior from Santa Maria; Blair Brooks, an agribusiness senior from Kelseyville; Shane Gillard, a graduating agribusiness senior from Atwater; James Broaddus (myself), an agricultural communication sophomore from Davis; Jenna Nichol, an agribusiness junior from Cottonwood; and Molly Gilmartin, a graduating agribusiness senior from Valencia.

The National Agri-Marketing Association runs the annual student competition giving three guidelines for products. First, the teams must use an agricultural product/commodity that demonstrates a clear objective of benefiting the producer. Secondly, the team must emphasize value-added differentiation using marketing techniques of an existing product/commodity, and finally the product/commodity must assume operation in an existing market with a primary objective of displacing major competitors to gain market share.

Cal Poly’s team then created Rise, a line of baking mix products that offer added protein, fiber, and antioxidants compared to traditional competitors. Rise hosted one special ingredient, grape pomace flour, which is the remaining seeds, stems, and leaves of grapes after being pressed into wine—roughly 18% of every grape—and then dried and ground for flour.

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The team connected with experts at Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma, Calif. to write a five-page executive summary for launching the product into retail markets. Additionally, a twenty-minute presentation was prepared complemented with an in-depth slide deck.

After months of hard preparation in the library, the Cal Poly NAMA team boarded a plane to Dallas, Texas to compete against 29 schools from across the country. Following the morning preliminary round, the team moved into the semi-final round in the afternoon. That evening, my team was announced as being one of the top six teams slated for the final round. During the final presentation, the team’s hard work and collaboration shown through propelling Cal Poly to win another championship!

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JamesWith all the time spent together, I would like to publically thank our advisor Dr. Higgins for her time, patience, and effort put forth to drive and motivate us as a team to be the very best. Congratulations on being awarded the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science Advisor of the Year—it is well deserved.

To the rest of the team: it was an honor and a pleasure working with each and every one of you. I truly value all the long hours spent in the yellow lab of the library despite the late nights, by the end we turned into a real family.

Links:
The 20 minute presentation
Written plan
Video announcing the win 
Interview

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A Wrap for State FFA Finals

Provided by Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, State FFA Communication chairs

On May 6, more than 2,000 Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across California traveled to San Luis Obispo to compete at Cal Poly’s State FFA Judging Finals. Cal Poly is proud to have hosted this event for decades thanks to the support from students, staff and community members. With 21 different contests, FFA members compete in contests including agricultural mechanics, livestock judging to nursery landscape evaluation. All competitions are designed to equip students with skills in a particular career field.

For some FFA members, this was their first experience at State Finals — for others, this day represented the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. Competitors aspire to leave Cal Poly with a silver bowl and the esteemed State Champion title. Winning teams will represent California in October, 2017 at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Every year, a hand-picked group of students from the Agricultural Education and Communication Department form the State FFA Finals Leadership Team. These individuals spend many hours coordinating with contest chairs, advisors, sponsors and many more. The 2017 State FFA Finals Leadership Team was comprised of the following individuals:

Kayla Manning, General Chair
Nikki Jorgenson and Katie Fernandes, Tabulations Chairs
Kenna Sandberg and Landon Sudberry, Awards Chairs
Veronica Lemus and Jerry Hansen, Sponsorship Chairs
Kacey Cadwell and Meagan Dunlap, Results & Finance Chairs
Caitlin Stanton and Tyler Dickinson, Communications Chairs
Trey Johnston and Denise Jameson, Logistics Chairs
Mackenzie Bressler, Emma Morris, Logan Johnston and Clayton Carlson, BBQ Chairs

In addition to the leadership team, student contest chairs and faculty advisors volunteered their time to organize each contest. This includes coordinating contest materials, finding volunteers and procuring judges.

State FFA Finals is fortunate to have amazing support throughout the community. For many years, local businesses including Farm Supply Company, Farm Credit West and JB Dewar Inc. provide a tri-tip lunch for all in attendance. Their support of FFA members from across California is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations to the 2017 State FFA Finals Champions!

Ag Issues

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag Issues

Ag Mechanics

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag MEch

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Ag MEch

Ag Welding

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Ag Welding

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Ag Welding

Agronomy

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Agronomy

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Agronomy

Dairy Cattle Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Dairy Cattle

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Dairy Cattle

Dairy Products

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Milk Quality

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Milk Quality

Farm Business Management

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Farm Business Management

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Farm Bus Mgmt

Farm Records

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Farm Records AET

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Farm Records AET

Floriculture

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Floriculture

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Floriculture

Forestry

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Forestry

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Forestry

Land Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Land

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Land

Light Horse

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Light Horse

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Light Horse

Livestock Evaluation

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Land

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Land

Marketing
High Team – Visalia-El Diamante FFA

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv MarketingMarketing Plan

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Marketing Plan

Meats

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Meats

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Meats

Nursery Landscape

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Nursery Landscape

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Nursery Landscape

Poultry

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Poultry

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Poultry

Veterinary Science

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Vet Science

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Vet Science

Vegetable Crops

2017 State FFA Finals High Team Vegetable Crops

2017 State FFA Finals High Indiv Vegetable Crops

Best Informed Greenhand

High Team – Galt FFA

High Individual – Hannah Parker, Galt-Liberty Ranch FFA

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Cal Poly Equestrian Team Highlights

By Sarah Frushour
Senior, agricultural communication major, equine science minor

Do you know much about the Cal Poly Equestrian Team? The Cal Poly Equestrian Team is a completely student-run club. It encourages students of all riding levels to join from experienced winners to those who had horses in their dreams.

While the team provides opportunities for all equine enthusiasts, the Cal Poly Equestrian Team is also a show team. Both English and Western show teams are selected by tryouts at the beginning of each fall and winter quarter. The team competes on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) circuit.

This was a great year for the Cal Poly Equestrian Team! Through hard work and determination, the Western team earned several High Point Team awards over the course of the season. After many shows, the team ended the regular season as the Regional Champion Western Team and earned a spot at IHSA Semi Finals in New York hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego on March 24-26, 2017.

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CPETThe semi-finals show team included Madison Quintanar, Sarah Frushour (myself), Megan Borzone, Hailey Colgrove, Kathleen Mitchell, and Kat Campisi. Each team member competed in different classes earning points for the team. Madison represented Cal Poly in the Open Reining, myself in the Open Horsemanship, Megan in the Advanced Horsemanship, Hailey in the Novice Horsemanship, Kathleen in the Intermediate Horsemanship and Kat in the Beginning Horsemanship.

“Cal Poly has offered an amazing experience for me being on the Equestrian Team and it has really given me an opportunity to feel a sense of belonging, so being able to travel to compete representing Cal Poly was unreal,” said Quintanar, who qualified for the Open Reining to compete at the IHSA Nationals in May.

At the end of the three-day competition, the team earned sixth place out of eight teams from across the United States. The opportunity to compete at semi-finals would not have been possible without the support and guidance from the team’s coach Lou Moore. Lou Moore has been the team’s coach for three years, and has traveled with the team to just about every show since then.

IMG_0743I have been a part of the Cal Poly Equestrian Team for four years. I joined the team as a freshman because I wanted to continue participating in the sport I love and grow as an equestrian and an individual. Not only did the club provide experiences to grow in leadership and education, but I found what I, and many other team members would call a family. Representing Cal Poly at the IHSA Semi-Finals was a tremendous opportunity but I am thankful for are the memories and lessons I learned. I have watched the team grow and become more competitive since I started, and their future is bright.

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