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Sacquitne returns to lead Union Ag program

September 11, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

Agriculture students and FFA members at Union are seeing a familiar face back in the classroom this school year as Adam Sacquitne, who did his student teaching in LPC, has returned as the Agricultural Educator and FFA sponsor with the retirement of Louis Beck.

"It's great to be back at Union and the ag program here," Sacquitne said. "The classroom may look different, but I'm picking up where I left off to get to know everyone and continuing to make this a great environment for students."

Sacquitne grew up at a row crop farm near Decorah, helping his family grow corn and soybeans. A graduate of Decorah High school, he would go on to Northeast Iowa Community College and eventually went to Iowa State University for Agricultural Studies. While in Ames, Sacquitne worked as an undergrad teaching assistant and got a graduate degree in 2018 with a teaching licenses, student teaching at Union in the spring of 2018. Before returning to Union, the Decorah native worked at Wapsie Valley CSD.

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Adam Sacquitne. Photo submitted.

"It is a great aid to know several of the students, some of the community members and the inner-workings in the department," Sacquitne said. "I struggle with the fact that I met some of these kids as freshman and sophomores and I don't feel they should be juniors and seniors. I hope those upperclassmen are the leaders in the classroom and FFA department for me."

"The transition has been really smooth because Louis has been instrumental in making goes well," Sacquitne said. "He's always a phone call away for questions. In fact, he came in yesterday and showed one of my classes how to take honey out of the hives we have. We're extracting honey here and Louis will be helping with that."

Sacquitne is continuing to offer all ag classes that were taught last year at both Union Middle and High Schools, including Intro to Ag, Current Ag Issues, Natural Resources, Agronomy, Consumer Ag, Animal Science and other classes.

"There's such a wide variety you don't have to live on a farm or be connected to a farm to take an ag class and have a passion for it," Sacquitne said. "I personally specialize in animal science, but I know Louis was big into Natural Resources. My passion stems from my childhood and internships in animal science. I enjoy livestock judging, looking at the different breeds, looking at meat quality."

The program at the middle school will continue to be a nine-week course and Sacquitne plans to keep things the same as Beck did. Natural resources, agronomy, animal science and bee-keeping will continue this year and Sacqutine hopes this will spark interest in middle schoolers to take classes once they reach the high school level.

"I want to continue building relationships with the students and the community because both the FFA and ag program are community-driven," Sacquitne said. "I want our students exposed to different sides of agriculture, so I plan to have guest speakers and job shadows lined up. FFA wise, I value what Louis has done over the years and want to continue that. We hope to reach out to new students."

Fundraisers such as the fruit sales and the pancake breakfast in partnership with the La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum. The FFA also has expressed interest in doing more in Dysart going forward, proposing a second pancake breakfast in Dysart in the spring. Additional fundraisers may be considered later in the year.

When not teaching, Sacquitne enjoys the outdoors and goes home to his family farm

when possible. The Sacquitnes own an old steam engine used from rock crushing and threshing, which they display in parades.



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