Member Profiles

Amber Clingan at camp

FFA Camp Creates Career Change

Since seventh grade, Amber Clingan was determined to pursue a law degree, but attending FFA camp opened her mind to a career as an agriculture teacher. She loves the hands-on aspects of ag education and helping other people. Read her full essay below: What does FFA mean to you? FFA to me is a family.... Read more »... Read more »
Brandon Baumgarten

Caught Up & Called Out: Where Are You Going to Go?

Editor’s note: FFA alumnus Brandon Baumgarten has quite an impressive résumé – past FFA state president, Oklahoma State University student, and now, professional leadership speaker and book author. We asked Brandon to share his thoughts about leadership with us – and the meaning behind his book title, Caught Up & Called Out. While walking into... Read more »... Read more »
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

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 »
Ms. Texas Angus

Miss Texas Angus – Hamilton FFA, TX

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 »
National Officers

Get to Know Your National FFA Officers

Tell us about yourself in two sentences. Taylor: I grew up on my family’s small farm in Vilonia, Ark., where I raised and showed market goats, registered Boer goats, horses, and hogs. When I am not helping out on the farm or attending school at Southern Arkansas University, I love to cook and blog! Nick: Everything... Read more »... Read more »
Cassanda Gifford at national FFA convention with her pink tractor

Paint it Pink

Take a drive through Eufaula, Ala., and you might pass a bright pink tractor sitting quietly in a field. While the sight is surprising on its own, what’s even more so is the message behind it. Cassandra Gifford, a 2015 graduate of Eufaula High School and a member of the school’s FFA chapter, initially restored... Read more »... Read more »
FFA member and volunteer firefighter, Joseph A. Wesolowski

FFA Ignites Leadership

Joseph A. Wesolowski doesn’t just use the strong work ethic and leadership skills learned in FFA for his various SAEs. In addition to his market swine project, Joe spends his time responding to barn fires, house fires, brush fires and medical assistance calls with the Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Company. The blue corduroy jacket has given... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A Winter 2015-16

What is the strangest gift you’ve ever received? ANDY: For Christmas one time I got a coin collecting book, which was really neat, except I don’t really collect coins. VICTORIA: A golden toilet plunger – long story. RUTH ANN: Gag gifts are a big tradition in my family, and one year I received a pair... Read more »... Read more »
Anastasia Sturgis works with endangered birds for her FFA supervised agricultural experience program.

This Job’s for the Birds

Anastasia Sturgis of the Orlando-Colonial FFA Chapter in Florida has an unusual weekend hobby. Instead of hitting the mall or the beach like many teenage girls, Anastasia spends her Saturdays caring for rescued parrots, macaws and cockatoos at the Seminole County Parrot Rescue & Sanctuary in Geneva, Fla. Anastasia, a 2015 graduate from Colonial High... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National FFA Officer Q&A Fall 2015

How did you first learn about FFA? ANDY: I started showing pigs in the first grade, so it was a natural thing to hear about from family, friends, billboards, etc. VICTORIA: My dad and siblings were all in FFA. I attended my first state convention when I was 4 years old wearing a shirt that... Read more »... Read more »
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