The Mortimer siblings say that having a diversified farm means there’s always plenty to do, regardless of the season.

Mortimers on a Mission

August 10, 2016
Fall has arrived, and for 18-year-old Ashlee Mortimer of Dewey, Ariz., that means thousands of curious visitors will be flooding her family’s farm in search of pumpkins and good, clean fun. For Ashlee and her siblings, Hayden (16), Kayla (14) and Kolten (12), and their parents, Gary and Sharla, fall is a bustling time of... Read more »... Read more »
Lood Christina 2012

Zoetis Ensures Happy, Healthy Animals

August 10, 2016
If you’re passionate about pets or livestock and want to pursue a career related to animals, there are more than 500 options available to you. Many of those careers are available at Zoetis, the largest animal health company in the world, and a National FFA platinum sponsor. We’ve profiled three Zoetis professionals, showcasing just a... Read more »... Read more »
horse

Ag 101: Horses

August 10, 2016
Take a ride back in time 50 million years to discover the origin of today’s horses. These graceful creatures originated in North America and spread to Asia and Europe. Originally, horses were used for milk and meat when they were first domesticated around 3000 or 4000 B.C. Approximately 10,000 years ago, the horses left behind... Read more »... Read more »
ffa officers

Transform Your Life at Convention

August 10, 2016
Buckle your seatbelts and let the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo turn your world upside down – in a good way! This year’s convention and expo theme, “Transform,” encourages you to stretch the boundaries of what you thought you were capable of. You may enter as an FFA member, but you will leave a... Read more »... Read more »
An RFD-TV reporter interviews an FFA member during the National FFA Convention & Expo.

Live from Indy, It’s FFA!

August 10, 2016
When National FFA President Taylor McNeel calls the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo to order this October, the TV cameras will be rolling. RFD-TV, a longtime National FFA sponsor, airs each of the convention sessions through their gavel-to-gavel coverage – 30 hours of programming in total. “Only 55,000 members get to go to the... Read more »... Read more »
Kacey at the family's quail farm in Topeka Kansas.

Call of the Quail

August 10, 2016
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 »
5. Heidi Croley

FFA Faces – Heidi Croley

August 10, 2016
Heidi most enjoys her small animal management classes at the Natural Science and Technology Center. She hopes to become a vet tech, and eventually a veterinarian, working with livestock or exotic animals.... Read more »
2. Andres Flores

FFA Faces – Andres Flores

August 10, 2016
Andres has been involved in the land judging, Envirothon, prepared public speaking and agricultural mechanics CDEs, and was a member of the state runner-up agronomy team. He also works at a local sweet potato farm.... Read more »
4. Noell Nichols

FFA Faces – Noell Nichols

August 10, 2016
Noell shows market hogs and participates in livestock judging and dairy judging career development events (CDEs). She has served as a chapter FFA officer and hopes to become a large animal veterinarian.... Read more »
Nathan Arthur

FFA Faces – Nathan Arthur

August 10, 2016
Nathan served as both the 2015-16 Northeast Iowa District FFA Secretary and chapter FFA president. He has competed in the dairy and agronomy CDEs and is a member of the National Holstein Association.... Read more »
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