Career Planning

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 »
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 »
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 »
Ag teacher

Ag Teachers are a Class Above

Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons you should pursue a career in the classroom: 1. Ag Teachers Never Have The Same Day Twice. One day, agriculture teachers might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for an FFA Career Development Event, or leading a... Read more »... Read more »
Ag careers

A Good Outlook for Ag Careers

If you want to pursue a career that’s in high demand and only growing stronger, agriculture is the answer. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new employment outlook report that shows there are an estimated 57,900 job openings in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields each year. There... Read more »... Read more »

Life Is a Journey, Not a Destination

Have you ever seen one of those “Salt Life” decals on someone’s car and thought, “I need one that says ‘FFA Life’?” After all, FFA has provided you with a place to belong, things to do and experiences you will never forget. But do you sometimes feel like you could be getting more out of... Read more »... Read more »
Plant Biotechnology Academy

Coveted Coats

Much like the hallowed blue corduroy FFA jacket, the white lab coat of the Oakleaf FFA Plant Biotechnology Academy in Florida is a symbol of excellence. “The academy is a group of students whose schedules align to incorporate biotechnology concepts into their core curriculum classrooms along with their biotechnology course,” says FFA Chapter President William... Read more »... Read more »
Southern Wayne FFA members Hunter Taylor and J.D. Blackman work for local swine farms. Swine production is a major industry in North Carolina.

Mighty Fine Swine

Hunter Taylor and J.D. Blackman of the Southern Wayne FFA Chapter in North Carolina are living proof that you don’t have to grow up on a farm to have a successful career in agriculture. Both Hunter, 17, and J.D., 20, work on Wayne County, N.C., hog farms, where they raise hogs for Maxwell Foods, a... Read more »... Read more »
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