Member Profiles

National Officers

Q&A with your National FFA Officers

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION & EXPO? TAYLOR: I am so excited to see members I’ve met all across the country again! Maybe the ones I went to Yogurt Mountain with in Florida or the trips to Starbucks during the California State FFA Leadership Conference or the ones... Read more »... Read more »
The Mortimer siblings say that having a diversified farm means there’s always plenty to do, regardless of the season.

Mortimers on a Mission

Fall has arrived, and for 18-year-old Ashlee Mortimer of Dewey, Ariz., that means thousands of curious visitors will be flooding her family’s farm in search of pumpkins and good, clean fun. For Ashlee and her siblings, Hayden (16), Kayla (14) and Kolten (12), and their parents, Gary and Sharla, fall is a bustling time of... Read more »... Read more »
Kacey at the family's quail farm in Topeka Kansas.

Call of the Quail

When Kacy Schlesener of Dover, Kan., noticed a decline in the population of bobwhite quail in her area, she made it her mission to help bring back the small, plump birds popular among hunters. In 2011, when she was a sophomore at Mission Valley High School, Kacy focused her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project on... Read more »... Read more »
Tyler Cloud and his grandfather

67 Years of FFA History

Clifford Mayo and his grandson, Tyler Cloud, both donned their FFA jackets at the Garden City High School FFA banquet where Tyler was elected chapter secretary. Clifford received his jacket in 1949 and won the American Farmer Award in 1955. Tyler has carried on his grandfather’s FFA legacy, competing in livestock judging and showing meat... Read more »... Read more »
Mark Poeschl

Q&A with Mike Poeschl

On Aug. 1, the National FFA Organization welcomed its new chief executive officer, Mark Poeschl. No stranger to FFA, Poeschl has been a longtime supporter of the organization and was an active member himself in the Mead, Neb., chapter. Learn more about the new leader for National FFA. Q: WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A

HOW WILL YOU BE SPENDING YOUR SUMMER? TAYLOR: This summer will be filled with state conventions in Indiana, Arkansas and Colorado. I’ll be traveling to South Dakota for FFA camp, and I can’t wait to hang out with newly elected state FFA officers at two National Leadership Conferences for State Officers (NLCSO) in Georgia and... Read more »... Read more »
Matt McLaughlin

FFA Reconnect: Matthew Mclaughlin

Q. CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? CSX Transportation provides rail, intermodal, and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. We are made up of 21,000 miles of track in 23 different states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian... Read more »... Read more »
Laura Donaldsonacting as a “model” in a photo shoot for our John Deere Precision Ag Products. I also used to manage our photo and video shoots for our Precision Ag Products in 2015.

FFA Reconnect: Laura Donaldson

Q. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH FFA? I joined FFA in the sixth grade, and I was hooked. I was active in so many different career development events, from FFA Creed to job interview to livestock judging and horse judging. Not all of those ended up being my passion, but they did help me figure... Read more »... Read more »
Alexandria Schut holds one of her three rabbits in the barn at her farm in Belding, Michigan.

Leaving Her Comfort Zone

Alexandria Schut’s impressive drive, deep passion for agriculture and leadership skills started early. Originally from Belding, Mich., the Oklahoma State University student grew up in the equine industry, watching her grandpa and uncle build hitch wagons, and showing horses across the state. She traveled with her dad to shear sheep, and got her very own... Read more »... Read more »
Andrea Cao

As Seen on TV

Andrea Cao of the San Luis Obispo FFA chapter in California was only 13 when she had a business idea that landed her on ABC’s popular reality show “Shark Tank.” “My mom is a nurse and worked long 12-hour shifts, so she would get sore and always asked me to massage her back,” says Andrea, a... Read more »... Read more »
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