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Agriculture Advocate: Talking Cows and Sows

Have you noticed the questions swirling around these days about where our food comes from and how it is produced? It really shouldn’t come as a surprise given 80 percent of Americans live outside of rural areas. Many of these consumers have probably never set foot on a farm, which makes them increasingly hungry for... Read more »... Read more »
Ponchatoula buddy program

The Buddy System

High school is full of opportunities to join clubs, compete in athletics or attend school dances, but the Ponchatoula FFA Chapter in Louisiana realized that their atypical students – many of whom have disabilities – were missing out on these quintessential high school activities. Their solution was the FFA Buddy program. “The FFA Buddy program... Read more »... Read more »
MG Alan Batschelet

Reconnect: Army Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet

Army Major General Allen Batschelet didn’t realize it at the time, but FFA was setting him up for a lifetime of success. “FFA helped me develop confidence and leadership skills. Plus, it showed me the importance of teamwork and led me to aspire to be in charge,” Batschelet says. “I didn’t really understand what it... Read more »... Read more »
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Living Inside Out

Imagine the last time you put on your Official Dress. Do you remember what it felt like as you zipped that blue corduroy jacket right up to the middle of your chest? You probably took a moment and surveyed yourself in the mirror. You make that blue corduroy look good, right? Yes, you do. That... Read more »... Read more »
Courtney Walker, Miss TN Pageant

No Holding Back

When is the last time you risked boldly and tried something new? Have you secretly been yearning to try an FFA career development event but haven’t yet mustered the courage? Have you been thinking about an idea for a cool supervised agricultural experience but haven’t shared it with your advisor yet? Do you actually really... Read more »... Read more »
Living to Serve: FFA members pay it forward with livestock donat

FFA Members Donate to Cancer Research

Three Pennsylvania FFA members felt a range of emotions, from excited and overwhelmed, to extremely proud, to amazed and indescribable after they each completed a selfless act of kindness, embracing the FFA spirit of giving. Cody Harpster, Madison Campbell and Chelsea Bilyeau, all members of the State College FFA chapter, decided to generously donate the... Read more »... Read more »

Help Your Chapter, Help Yourself Through Fundraising

Fruit and meat sales, concession stands, event ad sales. No matter the product, the service or the season, you’ve probably helped with some type of fundraising effort for your chapter. Beyond the obvious benefit of raising much-needed money for FFA activities and events, fundraising efforts can also help you develop other important life skills. Helping... Read more »... Read more »
Ridge Howell

Oklahoma Member Leaves a Legacy of Service

Many high school students spend their weekends at the movies, the mall or cruising town in their first car. But Ridge Howell of Checotah, Okla., spent his high school weekends mowing lawns for senior citizens (for free) and working in his FFA chapter’s community garden, which also benefited the elderly. “Ridge put in over 500... Read more »... Read more »
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