The Buffalo High School Agriculture Department continues to grow and transform to reflect the needs of a transforming industry.  Food, Fiber, and Natural Resources fields continue to be one of the most solid career options for students as the population of the world grows.  Classes such as Animal Science, Natural Resources, Companion Animal Science, Landscaping, Horse Science, FFA/Youth Leadership and Veterinary Science expose students to hands-on learning environments which allow them to apply academic and personal skills.  Special accomplishments in Veterinary Science included students performing restraints on live animals, practicing vaccinations, and interacting with local veterinarians.  Landscaping highlights included growing fruits and vegetables, constructing edging and building a retaining wall.  Companion Animal Science has hands-on activities centered on learning how to care for dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits and other pets.  Horse Science toured an Arabian horse farm, created their own horse facility, and learned how to judge classes of horses.  FFA/Youth Leadership focused on communication and leadership skills related to their futures as well as learning about the FFA organization.  The Animal Science class butchered a pig, toured a dairy farm, and had many farm animals in class to learn more about.

The FFA had 4 teams and 1 individual compete at State Convention in Small Animals, Poultry, Crops, Ag Mechanics, Dairy and Creed Speaking.  Students were involved in community events such as the corn drive and fruit sales, which raised money for $2,000 in FFA scholarships to Seniors and $2,013 dollars donated to Camp Courage.  Their personal pursuits also ended with 16 students being awarded their Greenhand Degree, 5 students their Chapter Degree, 1 student her Region Degree, and 2 students receiving their State FFA Degree.  Buffalo also had 2 Proficiency projects at the State level; one winning and will be competing at the National level.  We were able to have a Region officer this year and 2 elected to serve next year.  Recreational activities included monthly meetings, the Buffalo Days parade, the Wright County Fair, and FFA week activities.  During FFA week, lunchtime activities took place every day and over 200 elementary students learned about agriculture and FFA.  FFA is an organization that makes a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success.

Gary Wirkus

Agriculture Teacher

Gary Wirkus