With the project, students were able to learn how to ensure a healthy potato crop. Kent Sather of the Colorado State University Extension Service and manager of the Potato Certification Service inspected the growing crop, finding the potatoes virus-free. A federal inspection is required during the 100-day upbringing period to designate a crop as certified seed potatoes. Also, entering the greenhouse required everyone to step in disinfectant to eliminate the chance of transferring germs to the crop as it grew.

Planting the Seed

May 11, 2016
Frigid temperatures didn’t stop Alamosa FFA Chapter members from harvesting their potato mini-tuber crop on a snowy Tuesday morning in February. The 14 students kept warm while working in their greenhouse at Alamosa High School, preparing the mini-tubers they planted in early November for a special destination – to go to local farms, where they... Read more »... Read more »
Matt McLaughlin

FFA Reconnect: Matthew Mclaughlin

May 11, 2016
Q. CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? CSX Transportation provides rail, intermodal, and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. We are made up of 21,000 miles of track in 23 different states, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian... Read more »... Read more »
Laura Donaldsonacting as a “model” in a photo shoot for our John Deere Precision Ag Products. I also used to manage our photo and video shoots for our Precision Ag Products in 2015.

FFA Reconnect: Laura Donaldson

May 11, 2016
Q. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH FFA? I joined FFA in the sixth grade, and I was hooked. I was active in so many different career development events, from FFA Creed to job interview to livestock judging and horse judging. Not all of those ended up being my passion, but they did help me figure... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: The Basics of Beans

May 11, 2016
This summer, when enjoying some baked beans at a backyard barbecue, give some thought to how those beans were grown, harvested, processed and prepared for your meal. Dry edible beans, also known as eld beans, are grown to their mature stage, then dried and harvested for the seed within their pods. Although not as widely... Read more »... Read more »
Alexandria Schut holds one of her three rabbits in the barn at her farm in Belding, Michigan.

Leaving Her Comfort Zone

May 11, 2016
Alexandria Schut’s impressive drive, deep passion for agriculture and leadership skills started early. Originally from Belding, Mich., the Oklahoma State University student grew up in the equine industry, watching her grandpa and uncle build hitch wagons, and showing horses across the state. She traveled with her dad to shear sheep, and got her very own... Read more »... Read more »
Andrea Cao

As Seen on TV

May 11, 2016
Andrea Cao of the San Luis Obispo FFA chapter in California was only 13 when she had a business idea that landed her on ABC’s popular reality show “Shark Tank.” “My mom is a nurse and worked long 12-hour shifts, so she would get sore and always asked me to massage her back,” says Andrea, a... Read more »... Read more »
Zuri Richmond

FFA Faces – Zuri Richmond

May 11, 2016
Zuri has been an FFA member for three years. She has served as chapter reporter, secretary, public relations committee chair, and is on the citizenship committee. She received her state FFA degree in May 2016.... Read more »
Renee Sherman

FFA Faces – Renee Sherman

May 11, 2016
Renee has served as president of her FFA chapter for the past three years. She was the 2015-16 Wyandot County Fair Queen and has participated in public speaking and parliamentary procedure.... Read more »
Andres Flores

FFA Faces – Andres Flores

May 11, 2016
Andres has been involved with FFA for two years, competing in the Envirothon contest, tractor operation and maintenance, and land judging. He was also a member of the third-ranked agronomy team in the state.... Read more »
Robert Stossel

FFA Faces – Robert Stossel

May 11, 2016
Robert has been an FFA member for the past two years. He has exhibited horticulture projects, and he also helped his chapter clean up an abandoned cemetery where many war veterans are buried.... Read more »
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