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Brandon Baumgarten Filed in Oklahoma

Caught Up & Called Out: Where Are You Going to Go?

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 »
Destiny Peed Filed in Nevada

FFA Faces – Destiny Peed

This senior has served as president of her chapter for two years. She competes in poultry, floriculture and horse evaluation. She plans to attend Feather River College and study environmental sciences.... Read more »
Riley Branch meets with Stonewall County, Texas County Judge Ronnie Moorhead Filed in Texas

Ag Law Helps Keep the Farm

As a teenager, Riley Branch watched his family grapple with how they could afford to inherit the family ranch with the possibility of an expensive estate tax. Now, the Aspermont native is returning to his hometown to practice law, helping other families pass on the farm while continuing his family’s farming tradition. Every Texas farm... 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. Filed in Kansas

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 »
Versailles FFA members experiment with creating their own ice cream, starting with a vanilla or chocolate base, then adding unique flavors. Filed in

Food Science is so Sweet

FFA chapters and other student groups across Ohio have been touring Velvet Ice Cream’s factory in Utica for decades to learn what it takes to create the smooth, creamy dessert. But in 2015, the Versailles FFA Chapter had the opportunity to go behind the scenes and conduct a food science project to develop a brand-new... Read more »... Read more »
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