Life Lessons

Ponchatoula buddy program

The Buddy System

July 21, 2015
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 »
ROLLA FFA, ND FFA history

Gone But Not Forgotten

July 21, 2015
North Dakota’s FFA history is in good hands with the Rolla FFA Chapter. These students have devoted themselves to researching and documenting the histories of FFA chapters from the past, whether they were the victims of school closings, consolidated schools, or lack of funding or teachers. The chapter has named this project “Gone, but not... Read more »... Read more »
DAYTON FFA, TX Sugar Shaker 5K

Sugar Shaker 5K

July 21, 2015
To raise awareness and money for adult diabetes, members of the Dayton FFA participated in the Sugar Shaker 5K Run. The chapter members helped with setting up, registration and manning the water stations along the running route. The fight to beat diabetes is particularly close to their hearts because one of their FFA members is... Read more »... Read more »
Cherryvale FFA salvation army angel tree

Salvation Army Angel Tree

July 21, 2015
The Cherryvale FFA Chapter truly lived to serve during the holiday season by sponsoring children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The chapter raffled off a handmade FFA T-shirt quilt donated by Leona “Grandma” Smedly to raise money for the cause. Proceeds from the raffle were used to buy Christmas gifts for eight different children... Read more »... Read more »
Cape May Tech FFA Operation Osprey

Operation Osprey

May 18, 2015
Following in her father’s footsteps, Hanna Toft, second-generation Cape May Tech natural sciences teacher and FFA advisor, rallied her FFA members to protect a local treasure – the osprey. This majestic creature is an iconic fixture over New Jersey skies and a main attraction for the $522 million ecotourism industry in Cape May County. The... Read more »... Read more »
animal instinct

Animal Instinct

May 15, 2015
Personal Growth Five lessons we can learn from the animal kingdom Many of you have probably spent the last several months working very hard and diligently with your county fair animals to get them to obey commands and walk when you tug – basically being the teacher, not the student. Most of us have had... 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

May 15, 2015
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 »
public speaking

Take Your Oral Reasons From Good to Great

May 15, 2015
It’s time for the dreaded part of the competition. Your palms are sweaty. Your knees are knocking. Every step you take to the center of the room is shaky. It’s time to deliver your oral reasons. FFA judging career development events are time-honored, classic CDEs within FFA – including livestock evaluation, dairy cattle evaluation and... Read more »... Read more »
Guide god training

Puppy Love: FFA Members Train Guide Dogs for the Blind

May 15, 2015
Everyone thinks of puppies as cuddly playmates and loyal companions, but for visually impaired individuals, a puppy can open the door to rich life full of mobility and experiences. Members of Centennial FFA, Mayfield FFA and the Las Cruces High School HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) in New Mexico came together to assist in the... Read more »... Read more »
Dogs walking

K9 to Five

May 15, 2015
When it comes to your dog, cat, hamster or maybe even pot-bellied pig, there’s no denying that pets are members of the family. Maybe you want to take it a step further and shape your career around pets. From nutrition and healthcare to grooming and clothing design, there’s an entire industry centered on pets. Bob... Read more »... Read more »
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