Chapter Spotlights

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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 »
Middletown insecurity Gardening Hydroponics and Tilapia

Project MIGHT

Mattabeset FFA is using their $2,500 National FFA Food for All grant to feed the people of Middletown, Conn. The title, Project MIGHT, stands for Middletown Insecurity, Gardening, Hydroponics and Tilapia. Over an eight-month timeframe, the chapter grew a variety of vegetable seedlings in their greenhouse and explored hydroponics. They also raise tilapia in their... Read more »... Read more »
Premier leadership

Two is Better Than One

With 127 members, the FFA chapter at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Iowa is one of the largest in the state. For a chapter that big, two agriculture instructors might seem like a given necessity. But it wasn’t until students took action that two ag teachers – and the opportunity to expand their ag program –... Read more »... Read more »
Plant Biotechnology Academy

Coveted Coats

Much like the hallowed blue corduroy FFA jacket, the white lab coat of the Oakleaf FFA Plant Biotechnology Academy in Florida is a symbol of excellence. “The academy is a group of students whose schedules align to incorporate biotechnology concepts into their core curriculum classrooms along with their biotechnology course,” says FFA Chapter President William... Read more »... Read more »
South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Pig Race for a Cure

When the Nation Ford FFA Chapter from South Carolina saw a chance to help a member of their community and raise money for a good cause, they jumped at the opportunity. “The South Carolina Strawberry Festival was established in 2010 as a community event for the town of Fort Mill,” says FFA chapter advisor Lee... Read more »... Read more »
Ponchatoula buddy program

The Buddy System

High school is full of opportunities to join clubs, compete in athletics or attend school dances, but the Ponchatoula FFA Chapter in Louisiana realized that their atypical students – many of whom have disabilities – were missing out on these quintessential high school activities. Their solution was the FFA Buddy program. “The FFA Buddy program... Read more »... Read more »
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