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Kacey at the family's quail farm in Topeka Kansas.

Call of the Quail

When Kacy Schlesener of Dover, Kan., noticed a decline in the population of bobwhite quail in her area, she made it her mission to help bring back the small, plump birds popular among hunters. In 2011, when she was a sophomore at Mission Valley High School, Kacy focused her supervised agricultural experience (SAE) project on... 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

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 »
Cherryvale FFA salvation army angel tree

Salvation Army Angel Tree

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 »

Signs of Achievement

Visitors to the town of Horton, Kan., now have a new welcome, thanks to FFA member Austin Spielman. Austin designed and built a new 12-foot sign for the entrance into town by using a computer-controlled plasma cutter in his school shop. Austin’s favorite career development event is agricultural mechanics, where he has excelled in district... Read more »... Read more »
Pink Pumpkin Project

Kansas Youth Raises Pink Pumpkins for a Cure

Maggie Roth hopes there will be as many pink pumpkins adorning doorsteps this fall as orange ones. The sophomore member of the Holcomb FFA Chapter in Kansas has been working with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to help raise awareness and join in the fight against breast cancer. Roth says breast cancer research is an... Read more »... Read more »

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