The Mason FFA Chapter coordinates a summer livestock co-op for members that are interested in raising livestock as part of their SAE. Most members will show their animals at the Ingham County Fair. The chapter provides the facilities and financing to help make this activity possible for members. Seventeen members were involved with the coop in 2011. Animal waste is composted and is used as a natural fertilizer in our greenhouse operation. Many improvements and updates were made in the summer of 2011 with additional gates, feeders and waterers for production. A new trailer was also purchased to aid in the transportation of livestock. Members currently have the opportunity to raise pigs, lambs and poultry in the ag barn.
Since the mid 1960's the Mason FFA Chapter has continuously operated a Maple Syrup Operation. Many improvements have been made throughout the years implementing new equipment and technologies. Ultimately, the process has remained the same; harvest the sap, boil away the water and can the syrup. Our most recent improvement is a new building or Sugar Shack to process and package the sap. Syrup Production has varied over time from over 495 gallons to as low as 100. Our current average is approximately 150-175 gallons.
Annually members have the opportunity to prepare for and compete in over 40 different contests. Contests range from prepared public speaking to poultry judging. Members gain valuable leadership and career skills better preparing them for their future careers in and out of the agriculture industry and for service in their community.