6. Rachel Derner

FFA Faces – Rachel Derner

August 10, 2016
Rachel’s FFA awards include Star Greenhand, Star Chapter Farmer and the Outstanding Senior DeKalb Chapter Award. She served as a chapter officer for three years and as the 2015-16 Wyoming State Reporter.... Read more »
Mitchell Parham

FFA Faces – Mitchell Parham

August 10, 2016
Mitchell is a third-generation Hereford cattle breeder and agricultural mechanics enthusiast. He completely restored a 1953 Ford F250 truck and was on the FFA agricultural mechanics team for four years.... Read more »
Tyler Cloud and his grandfather

67 Years of FFA History

August 10, 2016
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 »
Clyde FFA

Organic Recycle Trash

August 10, 2016
Robert Selvey only set out to research hunger for the FFA prepared public speaking career development event, but as he began researching his topic, he was inspired to do more than just speak. With the help of his chapter, he started the Organic Recycle Trash (ORT) program. After every lunch period, the students collect uneaten... Read more »... Read more »
buddy bags, Carver FFA

Buddy Bags

August 10, 2016
During its Winter Leadership Camp, the Massachusetts FFA Association partnered with the American Legion Auxiliary. FFA members assembled “Buddy Bags,” filled with donated toiletry items, and distributed them to homeless veterans throughout the state. Members were encouraged to continue the good work once they returned home. They put together “Buddy Baskets,” packed with basic household... Read more »... Read more »
Mark Poeschl

Q&A with Mike Poeschl

August 10, 2016
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 »
Scrapbook - Livestock breeding program

Buying Livestock, Receiving Life Skills

May 11, 2016
This school’s unique breeding livestock project helps FFA members purchase show animals. Students are chosen through an interview process, then select a bred animal. Over the next two years, they show the animal and offspring, and use their proceeds to pay back a portion of the loan. FFA members learn responsibility, animal care and money... Read more »... Read more »
Hiland FFA raking leaves for community

Raking in the Good Karma

May 11, 2016
Free time between classes, sports and extracurricular activities is a precious commodity. Hiland FFA chapter members in Berlin, Ohio, gave up two of their afternoons to rake leaves for members of their community as part of their Acts of Kindness project. The goal was to make an impact on their community while also getting to... Read more »... Read more »
National Officers

National Officer Q&A

May 11, 2016
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 »
With the project, students were able to learn how to ensure a healthy potato crop. Kent Sather of the Colorado State University Extension Service and manager of the Potato Certification Service inspected the growing crop, finding the potatoes virus-free. A federal inspection is required during the 100-day upbringing period to designate a crop as certified seed potatoes. Also, entering the greenhouse required everyone to step in disinfectant to eliminate the chance of transferring germs to the crop as it grew.

Planting the Seed

May 11, 2016
Frigid temperatures didn’t stop Alamosa FFA Chapter members from harvesting their potato mini-tuber crop on a snowy Tuesday morning in February. The 14 students kept warm while working in their greenhouse at Alamosa High School, preparing the mini-tubers they planted in early November for a special destination – to go to local farms, where they... Read more »... Read more »
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