FFA in the USA This Fall

By |2019-08-16T10:33:33-04:00August 16th, 2019|FFA in the USA, FFA New Horizons, The Feed|

The National FFA Organization has state associations and local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here are some of the important and exciting things happening in their communities.

Alabama

Fall means sugarcane and syrup for Eufaula FFA. Members grow and process their syrup to present as gifts to faculty and community members.

Alaska

Alaska FFA hosted a Day of Service project about suicide prevention at the 43rd state convention. Members spread awareness about suicide and shared encouraging messages with other students.

Arizona

Casa Grande FFA is raising and processing turkeys to include in meal baskets for families in need. The chapter also partners with a local restaurant to provide recipes.

Arkansas

The UA Cossatot Collegiate/Alumni FFA Chapter is addressing student hunger by funding and supplying a food closet on the University of Arkansas Cossatot campus in De Queen.

Colorado

With only eight members, Karval FFA helps host a Farm Safety Day where elementary students learn responsible agricultural practices, including livestock handling, electrical safety and farm implement management.

Connecticut

In October, Stamford FFA put on a Halloween bash that included a family-oriented fall festival and a haunted house – for those who dared.

Delaware

Several chapters have recently established beehives on their campuses to increase bee population, honey production and pollination of nearby crops.

Florida

Members participated in the FFA Forestry Camp at O’Leno State Park in High Springs. The camp started in 1934 and is one of the longest-running camps of its kind in the nation.

Georgia

To help get its STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) certification, Harris County FFA members travel to local elementary schools every week to teach students about agriculture and where their food comes from.

Hawaii

Members of Kea’au FFA helped revegetate and restore native Hawaiian dryland forests of which only 5 percent remain on the Hawaiian Islands.

Idaho

The Clark County FFA Chapter’s Day of the Cowboy celebrates cowboy culture with a ranch rodeo, concert and other activities.

Illinois

Seneca FFA hosted the Golden Farmers award night where farmers 70 years old and above were honored for their dedication to production agriculture.

Indiana

Indiana FFA reached a record-high 12,587 members earlier this year. Congratulations, Indiana FFA!

Kansas

In September, state and district officers gathered at the Kansas State Fair to care for the Grand Champion livestock and to advocate for agriculture.

Kentucky

The Rising Sun Conference brought together about 200 chapter leaders from across the state for two days of goal setting, leadership development and idea sharing.

Louisiana

LaSAS FFA is growing native plants that the members will plant as part of a coastal habitat restoration project in south Louisiana and Chile, South America.

Maine

During a harvest break this fall, Aroostook County students will get time off from school to help farmers with the potato harvest.

Massachusetts

Bristol FFA now uses drones in its curriculum. Aggie Air teaches students about innovative technology that gives its members a competitive advantage in their future endeavors.

Michigan

Members are judged on their ability to raise a high-quality meat bird, keep records and measure feed efficiency in the annual Broiler Contest.

Minnesota

For 17 years, Randolph FFA has organized Minnesota’s largest tractor parade. This year, the chapter had 125 entries.

Missouri

Show-Me State FFA members showed more than livestock at the Missouri State Fair in August. Over 670 members committed to fighting childhood hunger by packing 100,000 meals on Food Insecurity Day at the fair.

Montana

During the Montana state convention, chapters with ties to Native American culture participated in the American Indian Program. They gave presentations about native history, music and dance.

Nebraska

Johnson County Central FFA raised 50 laying hens and donated the eggs to local food pantries. The members also taught elementary students about poultry production.

Nevada

To manage the feral cat population in Round Mountain, Smoky Valley FFA partners with a local veterinarian to spay, neuter, shelter and put stray cats up for adoption.

New Hampshire

In late September, many of the state’s chapters competed in career development events and educated the public about agriculture at the 143rd annual Deerfield Fair.

New Jersey

In November, fall CDEs are held at the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Students test their knowledge and skills in land judging, milk quality and products, turf management, and fruit and vegetable identification.

New Mexico

The state is known for its green chiles, so during the fall, members throughout the state roast the peppers for chapter fundraisers.

North Carolina

Hawley Middle FFA is installing a raised sweet potato garden bed for the community. Members will host a sweet potato giveaway and a sweet potato cook-off contest. Food and funds will be donated to help those in need.

North Dakota

The Oakes/SC, Edgeley-Kulm, Kindred and Hillsboro FFA Chapters received a $10,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to purchase high tunnels to expand students’ horticulture skills.

Ohio

As part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, Miami East-MVCTC FFA made sure student drivers buckled up as they exited the school’s parking lot. The drivers also pocketed a handful of Life Savers candies to remind them that seatbelts are lifesavers.

Oklahoma

Eighth-, ninth- and 10thgrade FFA members traveled to Stillwater to compete in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies Contest, and to learn about various officer duties and the significance of holding regular FFA meetings.

Oregon

Oregon FFA organizes the Tired of Hunger Food Initiative with its foundation partner Les Schwab Tires. Last year, they collected 510,150 pounds of food for those in need.

Puerto Rico

FFA and 4-H members will soon participate in an initiative called “Creciendo Sembrando” (“Growing Sowing”), where middle and high school students will offer planting workshops to elementary school students year-round.

Tennessee

This year marks 90 years that Camp Clements has been in operation for Tennessee FFA members, making it the oldest FFA camp in the nation. More than 1,700 campers gain leadership and agricultural knowledge to serve the state.

Texas

This fall, Texas FFA will host its new excellence leadership conferences all over the state to help members discover their unique talents, values and ambitions.

Utah

Members have united by using the FFA motto in hashtag form to show off their learning, doing, earning and serving throughout the year. #learningtoDO #doingtoLEARN #earningtoLIVE #livingtoSERVE

Virginia

Each year, members design floral arrangements and bouquets for the Magna Vista Wedding Show, an event that allows students to gain work experience in a creative way and have

their work judged by professional florists.

Wisconsin

World Dairy Expo hosts FFA Day where members judge contests, participate in scavenger hunts and more.

Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania

The All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa., gives members from Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania the opportunity to work with dairy cattle from all across the U.S. and Canada.

 

Thank you, state officers, for providing news and events for your states. Members, submit your chapter updates.