Life Lessons

FFA Hunger

Community Service Ideas

May 11, 2016
Other Community Service Ideas 1. Food Drive – Whether you’re collecting cans or filling backpacks with lunches, food drives are a great way to fight hunger in your community. 2. Race for a Cause – Walk it, run it or hula hoop it! Participating in a race raises money for research and awareness for important causes. 3. Community... 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 »
summertime success

Summertime Success

May 11, 2016
For most students, summer break conjures daydreams of poolside lounging, beach vacations, long, lazy days, and – most exciting – kicking the textbooks to the curb. Before you stow your backpack for good, consider this: while it is important to take a break during the summer, it’s also an opportune time to get a head... Read more »... Read more »
Jumping boy during volleyball game on the court at sunny summer day outside

You’ve Got Skills!

May 11, 2016
Summer is a perfect time to work on your leadership skills. Without the distractions of schoolwork, FFA chapter meetings and CDEs, sports events, etc., you can focus on some personal reflection and development. And if you’re an FFA chapter officer or a leader within your school, building strong leadership skills now will make you even... 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 »
Matt McLaughlin

FFA Reconnect: Matthew Mclaughlin

May 11, 2016
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

May 11, 2016
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 »
Andrea Cao

As Seen on TV

May 11, 2016
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 »
Brandon Baumgarten

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

May 03, 2016
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 »
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