FFA Impacting Youth

Well it’s October and y’all know what that means…. it’s spooky season! And do you guys know what is really terrifying? A school with no FFA chapter which is what we didn’t have until my 8th grade year, which was my first year.

Thank You Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp

I just got back from Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp. This was my first time to attend and I ended up having the best time of my life. While up there I met so many new people, attended some really cool workshops, listened to some amazing keynote speakers, and really stepped out of my comfort zone. So today I want to tell you guys how Alumni Camp impacted me, what I learned, and what to expect if you’re ever thinking of attending.

Meet Allison DeVore

“I have learned many different leadership qualities and a lot of information about animals and the history of FFA,” DeVore said. “I’ve mostly learned about hard work and that is the most important quality to have when belonging to a program like ours.”

Dear Future Ag Teacher

The moment an FFA member zips their corduroy jacket up and the smile reaches from ear to ear. The moment a student is giving a speech and they look like they are about to pass out, but come running to you smiling because they finally faced their fear. The moment a student holds up the Grand Champion banner after hours of work and dedication preparing for a livestock show.

Luck in FFA

This month is all about luck, and I’d say I got pretty lucky with my school getting an FFA Chapter. Many schools don’t have FFA or even know what it is or what we do. They don’t realize the kind of change we try to make in people’s lives and the impact we make on our community.

Langham Creek FFA Fundraiser

The projects we had there were evacuated. At its worst, the high water mark was 12 ft in spots with an average of 9 ft. I was told that not far behind the facility there were 20ft spots. Not long after the water went down, the Corp informed us that because of such severe flooding that they were not going to renew any more grazing rights! There went our wiring and scholarships!

Ways to Give Back to FFA and 4-H

The most helpful way to give back to the organization is being there when needed, whether that be setting up the room for an upcoming banquet or helping to chaperone an event, having helping hands ready to help when needed is one of the most valuable assets to FFA and 4-H organizations.

Putting on the Blue Jacket, 6 Years Later

So no, I won’t have as much time in FFA as other members will. I’ll never have my discovery degree and it will take me longer to obtain my Hoosier and American Degrees. But, I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to wear the blue jacket now, because I have waited to do so for 6 years. FFA has changed my life for the better, and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything it has done for me.

New Year, No Fears

All of the resolutions I have said so far have all been leading up to this last one, which is to face your fears. If you never face them there will always be something holding you back from doing what you want. Did you know the number one fear in the world is public speaking? This actually happens to be one of my own fears that I had to overcome to give a speech.

Thankful for 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, look back and find all the good things that happened. It’s not the awards earned, or the places you went, but the memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life that matters to me. What are you thankful for in 2018, and what are you looking forward to in 2019?

Thankful for My Officer Team

It's that time of year again! Its time when we give thanks to the people around us and I would like to give thanks to the people who have impacted my life the most this year. Well, besides my parents, my fellow FFA Officer Team.

My Part in that Inspiring Task...

Like every greenhand FFA member, I learned and recited the FFA Creed freshman year. Unlike most greenhand FFA members who learn the creed a month before the contest, I learned it seven months before the contest. I was that excited. For one hour once a week after school, my advisor asked me creed questions in preparation for the contest. It was while answering these questions that I came to the conclusion that to do “my part in that inspiring task” I need to become an agricultural advocate, in order to help close the void of public disconnect.

Stock Show Industry

Remember, these kids are our future. Working hair, fitting, feeding high dollar feeds are all part of the game. Competition is great and teaches some incredible lessons, but let us not forget the big picture. Take pride in your animals and your work.

Six Life Lessons I Learned from Cattle

Being the first cow to load onto the trailer or walk through the gate is a scary step for cattle, yet it only takes one to be the leader and the rest will follow. In life, it’s best to be a leader, not a follower, because you never know where that courage to be the leader will take you. 

From Fire and "Friends" to 4-H and Farming

It was March 21st, 2014 when mine and my family’s life was turned upside down, with mine almost taken. We were raising baby chicks at our house for me to show in 4-H. In late March, we decided that it was warm enough for the chicks to live outside in their little tub, however, we kept a heating lamp on them because Indiana weather is so unpredictable. The lamp was heated by an extension cord that ran from outside on our front porch, under our front door and into our house. In the middle of the night on the 21st, around 3:30 A.M., the extension cord experienced a malfunction that caused the cord to burst in a flame.

The Magic in the Jacket

The corduroy jacket isn’t your magic cape, however it helps you pull off amazing things. From singing in front of thousands of people in choir, showing your prized calf, or participating in public speaking competitions. There are some magical moments that can happen while wearing the jacket.

The Ag Teacher's Spouse

Thank you for chaperoning events and acting as a mom or dad away from home. You are always there to lend an ear to problems, crack a few jokes and aren't afraid to give us a few motivational talks when life isn't going the way we think it should.