Chapter Spotlights

Mackay FFA

Bidding on Success

Ag teacher VerNon Roche got more than he bargained for when he bid on federal government surplus items for Mackay High School’s FFA program. “One lot of items we bought included a jet engine,” recalls Roche. “A student asked me to let him get it running for his senior project. He worked on it for... Read more »... Read more »
Members Faith Baxter, Grace Baxter, and Hannah Fults.

Community is Served

While many FFA chapters participate in community service activities that support local or national organizations, members of the Dripping Springs FFA Chapter in Texas went above and beyond, forming their own nonprofit, public charity. FFA members Grace and Faith Baxter combined their love for agriculture with a desire to help fight hunger, and the result... Read more »... Read more »
Rockford Elementary

Doing Thing By the Book

When the Rockford Middle FFA Chapter from Minnesota was asked about writing a book for kindergarteners in their school district, they jumped at the opportunity to share the story of the blue jacket. Every year, the Rockford school district writes and illustrates a book about their mascot, Rockee. After publishing and printing, the book is... Read more »... Read more »
Clyde FFA

Organic Recycle Trash

Robert Selvey only set out to research hunger for the FFA prepared public speaking career development event, but as he began researching his topic, he was inspired to do more than just speak. With the help of his chapter, he started the Organic Recycle Trash (ORT) program. After every lunch period, the students collect uneaten... Read more »... Read more »
buddy bags, Carver FFA

Buddy Bags

During its Winter Leadership Camp, the Massachusetts FFA Association partnered with the American Legion Auxiliary. FFA members assembled “Buddy Bags,” filled with donated toiletry items, and distributed them to homeless veterans throughout the state. Members were encouraged to continue the good work once they returned home. They put together “Buddy Baskets,” packed with basic household... Read more »... Read more »
Scrapbook - Livestock breeding program

Buying Livestock, Receiving Life Skills

This school’s unique breeding livestock project helps FFA members purchase show animals. Students are chosen through an interview process, then select a bred animal. Over the next two years, they show the animal and offspring, and use their proceeds to pay back a portion of the loan. FFA members learn responsibility, animal care and money... Read more »... Read more »
Hiland FFA raking leaves for community

Raking in the Good Karma

Free time between classes, sports and extracurricular activities is a precious commodity. Hiland FFA chapter members in Berlin, Ohio, gave up two of their afternoons to rake leaves for members of their community as part of their Acts of Kindness project. The goal was to make an impact on their community while also getting to... Read more »... Read more »
With the project, students were able to learn how to ensure a healthy potato crop. Kent Sather of the Colorado State University Extension Service and manager of the Potato Certification Service inspected the growing crop, finding the potatoes virus-free. A federal inspection is required during the 100-day upbringing period to designate a crop as certified seed potatoes. Also, entering the greenhouse required everyone to step in disinfectant to eliminate the chance of transferring germs to the crop as it grew.

Planting the Seed

Frigid temperatures didn’t stop Alamosa FFA Chapter members from harvesting their potato mini-tuber crop on a snowy Tuesday morning in February. The 14 students kept warm while working in their greenhouse at Alamosa High School, preparing the mini-tubers they planted in early November for a special destination – to go to local farms, where they... Read more »... Read more »
Godley FFA vet tech

Puppy Patients

Agriculture students at Godley High School had an extra special hands-on class project recently, when they got to practice their veterinary skills on puppies. The students learned how to give vaccinations, and the event helped raise awareness of ag education in the community. The class has done other animal science demonstrations, including animal handling and... Read more »... Read more »
Refrigerated transportation units - Colbert County High School FFA, AL

Traveling Fresh

Colbert County FFA members combined math, carpentry, electrical and engineering skills in their recent project to convert regular box trailers into refrigerated transportation units. The project, funded through an NRCS Resource Conservation and Development grant, was intended to provide local farmers with refrigerated ways to transport their goods from field to market. It’s the first project... Read more »... Read more »
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