Life Lessons

Horse judging

Judging Tips for Life

May 13, 2014
You have studied those livestock cards for hours. You know what marbling is, you know how to analyze EPDs or cull a class. You’ve been in a walk-in meat cooler more times than you can count and can explain your reasons for “placing No. 2 over No. 1.” If these statements sound familiar, you’re probably... Read more »... Read more »
animal careers

Creature Careers

May 13, 2014
Growing up, many children dream of becoming a fireman, ballerina or president of the United States. Other children know they want to dedicate their life to animals. While a veterinarian is the first animal-related career that comes to mind, there are plenty of other options available, according to Michele C. Hollow, a well-known animal lover... Read more »... Read more »
laboratory at BioPet Vet Lab in Knoxville, TN.

Animal Research Careers

April 30, 2014
Animal Behaviorist: Animal behaviorists research animal habits and behaviors. They identify which factors influence animal behavior such as weather, hunger, illness or hormones. They also study how animals interact with people, or anthrozoology. Animal Nutritionist: Studying the nutritional needs of animals increases health and productivity. An animal nutritionist studies and identifies proper diets based on... Read more »... Read more »
Cash for Cattle, Lone Tree FFA

Lone Tree FFA Raises Cash for Cattle

April 23, 2014
Members of the Lone Tree FFA chapter in Iowa were deeply worried by the plight of South Dakota ranchers whose cattle populations were ravaged by the Atlas snowstorm in winter 2013. They concocted a plan to sell T-shirts to raise money for farmers affected by the storm. The chapter has sold 700 T-shirts in 13... Read more »... Read more »
Tuttle FFA Ag for Everyone

Tuttle FFA Provides “Ag for Everyone”

April 23, 2014
In honor of National FFA Week, Tuttle FFA and Tuttle Special Olympics teamed up for an event called Ag for Everyone. Each FFA member taught the basics of caring for and showing pigs to a Tuttle Special Olympian. The Special Olympians then displayed their newly acquired livestock showing skills in the ring using the FFA... Read more »... Read more »
Writing a Resume

Six Tips for Creating a Resume

March 15, 2014
Whether you’re applying at your dream college or just looking for a part-time job, a well-polished résumé is more influential than you may think. Your résumé may be just one piece of paper, but it’s a marketing tool selling a very important product – you. Résumés are often an employer’s – or college admissions officer’s... Read more »... Read more »
Fundraising

Help Your Chapter, Help Yourself Through Fundraising

March 14, 2014
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

March 13, 2014
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 »
FFA National Convention 2012

Click for Ag Careers

February 14, 2014
According to a recent Ypulse survey, a high percentage of young people resolved to plan more for their futures in 2014. Does this describe you? If so, the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) can help. Within the AgCN, a nationwide system developed by the National FFA Organization, you can document your FFA and academic achievements, explore... Read more »... Read more »
Monmouth County Career Center

Students Develop Green Thumbs at Monmouth County Career Center

February 14, 2014
High school students in New Jersey are getting a jump-start on agriculture-related careers at the Monmouth County Career Center (MCCC) in Freehold. The center’s award-winning horticulture, floral and landscaping programs give students hands-on experience in areas such as floral design, greenhouse operations, landscape and turf management. Their training often leads to employment after high school.... Read more »... Read more »
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