Member Profiles

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 »
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 »
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