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Ranching a long-time Sooner State tradition

December 31, 2020

Throughout our state’s history, ranching has been a foundation of the economy, tradition, and culture.    The beginnings of Oklahoma ranching Ranching started well before Oklahoma reached statehood in 1907, first by the Native American tribes who maintained herds as a way of feeding and clothing their families, as well as many other uses. Once white people started ranching in Oklahoma (estimated around the 1830s), ranching has always ranged from small family herds to massive herds that made it possible for entire towns to develop.    Ranching’s history also has its darker side as the development of the European settlers’ cattle industry was made possible in part by the removal of several Native American tribes. The Civil War pretty largely decimated the Native cattle industry…

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FFA Welding PSO Award

Vinita FFA wins grant to purchase virtual welding equipment

November 18, 2020

Welding is a skill that will likely never go away, but it does evolve with technology. Students in our FFA program are already reaping the benefits of new virtual welding technology our FFA chapter earned via a grant.  As is stated in this press release, Vinita FFA was one of nine FFA chapters in eastern Oklahoma to receive a share of more than $25,000 as recipients of this year’s American Electric Power Foundation FFA STEM After-School grants. The AEP Foundation is the charitable arm of American Electric Power, parent company of Tulsa-based electric provider, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The FFA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) grant program is made possible through a partnership between PSO and the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. Sophomore Zach…

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Jaqueline Bandy Agriscience Fair

FFA fair project tackles bovine pinkeye

October 30, 2020

What is commonly considered a minor ailment for most humans can become a big problem for cattle herds and one of our FFA students set out to learn more about how to stop it.  Vinita High School Junior Jaqueline Bandy’s Agriscience competition project that she started on during her eighth-grade year was to research bovine pinkeye. She’s won several awards with her project, including fourth place at the 2019 National FFA Convention in Division I Animal Science. This was her Career Development Education (CDE) project.  “The goal was to find if a regional-specific vaccine would be more effective in preventing bovine pinkeye than vaccines made to treat general strands,” she explained. “This information could be used by other ranchers when choosing a vaccine for bovine…

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Basket of produce in a field held by a farmer

Healthy Harvest Closes for 2020

October 5, 2020

Healthy Harvest Closing for 2020 Due to the decrease in orders, the lack of local produce and the COVID issues the school is facing we need to cease the Healthy Harvest until Summer 2021. We want to thank you all for your loyal support over the last few months with our program. We will be back next year bigger and better than every. When we start back next year we will have a large variety of vegetables and fruits for you to enjoy. The baskets will be available every other week. We will also have different add-ons such as meats, baked goods and dairy products. Stay tuned for some great offerings! We had a great start to our program this year. Lots of you participated…

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Gold Table Announcement

Gold Table COVID 19 announcement

October 5, 2020

GOLD TABLE COVID NEWS ALERT Due to the constraints of COVID incidences at the schools the Gold Table will be postponed. We expect to start up again on October 19th. We are committed to bringing you the full eight weeks of your subscription, but it will be delayed. We regret any inconvenience this might bring. This situation is out of our control as we are sure you understand. Please be patient with us as we try to provide this awesome service during a pandemic. We appreciate all of our supporters and do not take your commitment to our programs for granted. The health and safety of our students is our utmost priority. We pray for the health and well-being of you and your family members.…

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Crockpot stew fall flight meal plan

Gold Table returns in October

September 29, 2020

Fall is the perfect time for slow cooker meals and what’s better than having them provided for you? A beloved tradition is returning to Vinita FFA this October with the Gold Table Meal Service. Every week in October and November (except Thanksgiving week, which will be made up December 1), you can enjoy two delicious crock pot meals with fresh ingredients “from our farm to your table.” The first Tuesday delivery is October 6. “Our Chapter members take great pride in producing top-notch food and we know you will enjoy the variety of meals in our menu,” said Carolyn Piguet, Vinita FFA chapter advisor. “The students receive hands-on experiences by running a business and the work ethic that it takes to be successful in life.”…

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