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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 »
Ag teacher

Ag Teachers are a Class Above

February 11, 2016
Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons you should pursue a career in the classroom: 1. Ag Teachers Never Have The Same Day Twice. One day, agriculture teachers might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for an FFA Career Development Event, or leading a... Read more »... Read more »
Ms. Texas Angus

Miss Texas Angus – Hamilton FFA, TX

February 11, 2016
Faith Massinghill isn’t your average beauty queen. As Miss Texas Angus, her sash and crown make her an ambassador for an entire industry, traveling thousands of miles to educate the public about the Angus breed and the beef industry. Faith’s three rules for leadership are always keep an open mind to ideas, lead with a... Read more »... Read more »
corn maze Olivet High School FFA, MI

Nothing Corny about Giving – Olivet FFA, MI

February 11, 2016
The Olivet FFA chapter hosted a corn maze and haunted trail in partnership with Foods Resource Bank (FRB), a charity that raises money to help people in developing countries cultivate their own food. The chapter and FRB plan to make this event a yearly occurrence, allowing them to raise awareness about agriculture and help the... Read more »... Read more »
Destiny Matthews

FFA Faces – Destiny Matthews

February 11, 2016
This high school senior has served as FFA chapter president and treasurer. She has participated in the public speaking, ag communications, and food science and technology career development events (CDEs).... Read more »
Megan Lieran

FFA Faces – Megan Lieran

February 11, 2016
FFA has allowed Megan to come into her own, serving in various officer roles and playing a vital role on the chapter horse evaluation team. Through FFA, Megan has found her passion and become part of a team.... Read more »
Zachary Duda

FFA Faces – Zachary Duda

February 11, 2016
As chapter president, Zachary has devoted his time to helping his fellow chapter members and encouraging them with his gregarious personality. He has competed in the parliamentary procedure and agricultural sales CDEs.... Read more »
Viral Patel

FFA Faces – Viral Patel

February 11, 2016
Viral has brought pride to his chapter, competing at the national level for the agriscience fair and his proficiency area. He created his own program to teach other students leadership skills through seminars and activities.... Read more »
Bailey Wert

FFA Faces – Bailey Wert

February 11, 2016
Bailey uses her leadership skills in her roles as FFA chapter president and a regional reporter. She says she strives to help her fellow chapter members and those in her region educate the public about agriculture.... Read more »
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