Life Lessons

Blaze Currie

FFA Reconnect: Blaze Currie

August 12, 2014
Blaze Currie was your typical small-town Texas kid. He played football and participated in many organizations at Wellman-Union High School. However, during his freshman year, Currie found a true passion in FFA. “He loved it and was gifted for it,” says Bruce Yeager, Currie’s high school superintendent. Currie became an area FFA officer in 2003... Read more »... Read more »
Veterinary Careers National FFA Veterinary Science CDE

Views on Veterinary Careers

May 13, 2014
Have you ever wanted to travel to space and work in the International Space Station? How about working in a laboratory and discovering a life-saving vaccine? What about spending your days working on a ranch with cattle, sheep or horses? If so, a career in the veterinary field may be what you are looking for.... Read more »... Read more »
Living to Serve: FFA members pay it forward with livestock donat

FFA Members Donate to Cancer Research

May 13, 2014
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 »
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 »
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