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.
Fall means sugarcane and syrup for Eufaula FFA. Members grow and process their syrup to present as gifts to faculty and community members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In October, Stamford FFA put on a Halloween bash that included a family-oriented fall festival and a haunted house – for those who dared.
Several chapters have recently established beehives on their campuses to increase bee population, honey production and pollination of nearby crops.
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.
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.
Members of Kea’au FFA helped revegetate and restore native Hawaiian dryland forests of which only 5 percent remain on the Hawaiian Islands.
The Clark County FFA Chapter’s Day of the Cowboy celebrates cowboy culture with a ranch rodeo, concert and other activities.
Seneca FFA hosted the Golden Farmers award night where farmers 70 years old and above were honored for their dedication to production agriculture.
Indiana FFA reached a record-high 12,587 members earlier this year. Congratulations, Indiana FFA!
In September, state and district officers gathered at the Kansas State Fair to care for the Grand Champion livestock and to advocate for agriculture.
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.
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.
During a harvest break this fall, Aroostook County students will get time off from school to help farmers with the potato harvest.
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.
Members are judged on their ability to raise a high-quality meat bird, keep records and measure feed efficiency in the annual Broiler Contest.
For 17 years, Randolph FFA has organized Minnesota’s largest tractor parade. This year, the chapter had 125 entries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The state is known for its green chiles, so during the fall, members throughout the state roast the peppers for chapter fundraisers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.