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Clay Real Memorial

Livin’ the Dream

May 11, 2016
FFA member Clay Real had big dreams for his chapter. He wanted to build an animal lab so people could learn about where their food comes from and how to care for animals. After Clay died unexpectedly in 2014, his community decided to make his dream a reality. The Real family donated $15,000 in memorial... Read more »... Read more »
Cindy Montoney with daughter, Josie.

Recruiting Mom to “Join” FFA

May 11, 2016
As a high school freshman, Josie Montoney came home from school and announced she was joining FFA. Her mother Cindy was surprised, since they didn’t have a connection to agriculture. But only four years later, Josie has served as chapter FFA president and won seven state and one national title through FFA. And her mom... Read more »... Read more »
Brandon Baumgarten

Caught Up & Called Out: Where Are You Going to Go?

May 03, 2016
Editor’s note: FFA alumnus Brandon Baumgarten has quite an impressive résumé – past FFA state president, Oklahoma State University student, and now, professional leadership speaker and book author. We asked Brandon to share his thoughts about leadership with us – and the meaning behind his book title, Caught Up & Called Out. While walking into... Read more »... Read more »
Destiny Peed

FFA Faces – Destiny Peed

April 29, 2016
This senior has served as president of her chapter for two years. She competes in poultry, floriculture and horse evaluation. She plans to attend Feather River College and study environmental sciences.... Read more »
Riley Branch meets with Stonewall County, Texas County Judge Ronnie Moorhead

Ag Law Helps Keep the Farm

February 11, 2016
As a teenager, Riley Branch watched his family grapple with how they could afford to inherit the family ranch with the possibility of an expensive estate tax. Now, the Aspermont native is returning to his hometown to practice law, helping other families pass on the farm while continuing his family’s farming tradition. Every Texas farm... Read more »... Read more »
goat

Ag 101: Meat Goats

February 11, 2016
Although beef and chicken may take center stage on American dinner tables, goat meat makes up a staggering 63 percent of all red meat consumption worldwide. Goats are the primary protein source in many African, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Caribbean countries. Meat goats are also the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. livestock industry. With... Read more »... Read more »
Blaine Lotz was a chapter president, competed in CDEs, has an outstanding SAE, and was a state Creed speaker. Impressive guy with a personality of a down-to-earth rancher. Blaine is a trained auctioneer went to school at 15 – has been working in Southeast Kansas all through high school, but last week he won the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship.

Fast Talking Man

February 11, 2016
Third-generation auctioneer Blaine Lotz of Edna, Kan., was almost born on an auction block. His mom, Carla, is an auctioneer and went into labor with Blaine 45 minutes after finishing an auction. “She auctioneered to me instead of singing lullabies,” says Lotz, now 22. “I learned to count by counting cattle.” Lotz’s grandfather was also... Read more »... Read more »
Versailles FFA members experiment with creating their own ice cream, starting with a vanilla or chocolate base, then adding unique flavors.

Food Science is so Sweet

February 11, 2016
FFA chapters and other student groups across Ohio have been touring Velvet Ice Cream’s factory in Utica for decades to learn what it takes to create the smooth, creamy dessert. But in 2015, the Versailles FFA Chapter had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and conduct a food science project to develop a brand-new... Read more »... Read more »
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