Life Lessons

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 »
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

February 11, 2016
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

February 11, 2016
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 »
Two Norco FFA members attended the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo to present their $5 Challenge project as part of the National Model of Innovation Chapter Awards.

Gimme Five

February 11, 2016
Could you make a positive impact on your community with just $5? That’s the question agriculture teacher Robin Grundmeyer asked senior FFA members at Norco High School in California when she started the school’s $5 Challenge eight years ago. The $5 Challenge is now an annual tradition for the senior class, and students look forward... Read more »... Read more »
Cassanda Gifford at national FFA convention with her pink tractor

Paint it Pink

February 11, 2016
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 »
meals of hope

Meals of Hope

February 11, 2016
This spring, as you plan your chapter events, consider an activity that will help combat hunger across the U.S. You can follow the lead of many other FFA chapters and state associations that have organized food packing parties through the Meals of Hope organization. To date, Meals of Hope has packaged and distributed more than... Read more »... Read more »
selfies at FFA National Convention In Louisville, Kentucky

Selfie Social Graces

February 08, 2016
The term “selfie” has gone from casual, mid-2000s slang to an official entry in Merriam- Webster Dictionary. Whether taking them or liking them, it’s safe to say all FFA members are familiar with selfies, which are officially defined as images taken of oneself by oneself using a digital camera, especially for posting on social networks.... Read more »... Read more »
milking parlor

Agriculture Advocate: Talking Cows and Sows

November 30, 2015
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 »
stress management

Stress Busters: Six Ways to Cope with Anxiety

November 09, 2015
Stressed out? You’re not alone. According to a 2014 survey by the American Psychological Association named Stress in America, more than a quarter (27 percent) of teens say they experience “extreme stress” during the school year. Teens blame their high stress levels on things like school grades, time management to balance all their activities, work... Read more »... Read more »
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