Chapter Spotlights

Clay Real Memorial

Livin’ the Dream

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

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 »
corn maze Olivet High School FFA, MI

Nothing Corny about Giving – Olivet FFA, MI

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 »
Two Norco FFA members attended the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo to present their $5 Challenge project as part of the National Model of Innovation Chapter Awards.

Gimme Five

Could you make a positive impact on your community with just $5? That’s the question agriculture teacher Robin Grundmeyer asked senior FFA members at Norco High School in California when she started the school’s $5 Challenge eight years ago. The $5 Challenge is now an annual tradition for the senior class, and students look forward... Read more »... Read more »
Gardiner FFA

One Diverse Chapter is Picture Perfect

Sometimes, a simple idea can lead to a big impact. That’s what happened for the Gardiner High School FFA Chapter in Gardiner, Mont., as they brainstormed ways to spread the word about their young chapter during National FFA Week in 2015. “We were trying to decide how to translate the idea that FFA is more... Read more »... Read more »
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A Platform for a New Panther – Pelion FFA, SC

FFA members at Pelion High School raised the $2,200 needed for a statue of a panther to adorn the school’s student entrance. They hosted greenhouse plant sales in order to purchase the statue and building supplies. With the help of the PHS building construction program, the FFA members contributed their time and labor to build... Read more »... Read more »
John Allen with his ag students

These Boots are Made for Teaching – Jumpertown FFA, MS

John Allen, FFA advisor at Jumpertown High School, carries on his family’s FFA legacy. Allen’s grandfather, Merril T. Cartwright, was National FFA Vice President in 1949 and his father and uncle served as state officers. To demonstrate his FFA pride, Allen sports a pair of FFA boots every day. Everyone who sees him knows that... Read more »... Read more »
BRANCH AREA CAREER CENTER FFA, MI gleaning project

Gleaning for Good

After harvest, vegetable fields are often left with product that may not meet the requirements for the regular market, and organizations are invited in to glean (which means harvest) the remainder. The Branch Area Career Center FFA partnered with local farmers in 2015 to glean 680 pounds of peppers and 1,080 pounds of potatoes, donating... Read more »... Read more »
Growing food for school cafeterias is a growing trend for high school agriculture programs, including those at Hagerstown
High School in Indiana (top) and Liberty Technology Magnet School in Tennessee.

Crops from the Classroom

FFA chapters and members across the nation are redefining the term, farm-to-table. Taking growing matters into their own hands, they’re delivering fresh, school-to-table food to their peers and communities. Holeman High School Take, for example, the Holmen FFA Chapter in Wisconsin. Students raise chickens to be fed to the school community at a special dinner... Read more »... Read more »
Shenandoah SNUG Prom

A Night to Remember

For most people, going to prom is the culmination of their teenage years, with the flashing cameras, elegant outfits, and hours of dancing and revelry. But for some, attending prom isn’t always in the cards. Indiana’s Shenandoah FFA Chapter, the 2014 National FFA Model of Innovation winner for community service, has been hosting seasonal parties... Read more »... Read more »
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