Erin Hammond

An Ounce of Prevention

March 14, 2014
Polk City, IA After spending two weeks volunteering at a rural Haitian medical clinic, Erin Hammond noticed a lack of agricultural education in the region, resulting in devastating soil erosion and crop loss. The experience inspired Erin to write a research paper on food security in Haiti for the World Food Prize and fueled her... Read more »... Read more »
Lily the Goat

Lily the Goat Advocates on Social Media

March 14, 2014
Romoland, CA Social media isn’t just for keeping up with friends and celebrities anymore. Lily the goat from Heritage High School has her own Twitter handle, @lilygoat1. Lily “tweets,” with the help of her FFA friends, about fairs, awards, trips and other exciting FFA events. Lily began tweeting when Heritage High School received a grant... Read more »... Read more »
FFA Jacket

FFA Member Wears Father’s Jacket

March 14, 2014
Mayer, MN Cole Thaemert proudly wears the same jacket his father, Cary Thaemert, wore 25 years ago. Cole’s mother altered the jacket to fit and stitched his first name where his father’s used to be, leaving the last name intact. Cole carries a piece of his father with him as he serves as chapter vice... 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 »
Photo by J. Patrick Phelan

Ag 101: Agriculture Facts About Wheat

March 13, 2014
Wheat is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops, and it was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop. Wheat is the primary grain used in U.S. grain products. A member of the grass family, wheat produces a small, dry, one-seeded fruit, called the kernel. Learn more about this important... Read more »... Read more »
Farm Facts About Mint

Farm Facts About Mint

March 01, 2014
Peppermint and spearmint have been growing in the U.S. for generations. In 2010, the country produced a whopping 8.6 million pounds of these minty-fresh crops. Here are some more interesting facts about mint. Peppermint The top 5 peppermint-producing states are Oregon, Washington and Idaho with more than 1 million pounds each, followed by Indiana, California... Read more »... Read more »
FFA Faces- Justin Daniel, North Oconee FFA, GA

FFA Faces – Justin Daniel

February 14, 2014
Justin started a pine straw sales business in fifth grade, then used those profits to buy his first cattle when he joined FFA. He has expanded his SAE to include swine, egg production and vegetable production.... 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 »
FFA Faces Evan Schaefer, Miami Trace, Ohio

FFA Faces – Evan Shaefer

February 14, 2014
Evan currently serves as his FFA chapter’s president and vice president of the National Honor Society. He has received his state FFA degree and plans to pursue a career in agriculture after he attends college.... Read more »
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