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Utah International Mountain Forum Essay Contest

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

In conjunction with the celebration of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, the Utah International Mountain Forum and Utah Valley University has announced the Fourth Annual Utah High School Essay Contest.

Essay topic: The Family Farm in Mountain Communities.

Goal of essay: To educate and engage the public on the issues of family farming, mountain life, and the ways to serve and lift up our fellow man.

Topics for submission may include, but are not limited to:

  • Arid farming practices
  • Exportable technology or innovations
  • Difficulties facing arid land or high mountain farms
  • Family management of farms in the 21st century
  • Family vs. industrial farming
  • Soil and water solutions
  • Economic challenges and solutions in the era of globalization
  • Indigenous or cultural farming practices

Submission guidelines: Check HERE

Award: All participants will be awarded a certificate of participation. However, the best student essays will receive a financial award, in addition to a certificate of participation, and a chance to publish his or her work.

Due date: Essay must be submitted by Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Submit essay to: samhill.conlaw@gmail.com

For more information, visit:
Utah International Mountain Forum
Utah Valley University

 

2014 Youth Pork Ambassador Program

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Utah Agricultural Education students, how would you like a $2,500.00 scholarship? If you said “yes,” are you interested in the pork industry and working with people statewide? Then, plan now to apply for the Utah Pork Producers “Youth Pork Ambassador Program.” This program is open to both high school and postsecondary Agricultural Education students interested in learning more about and representing the Utah pork industry. The ambassadors will receive up to a $2,500 scholarship.

The Utah Youth Pork Ambassador Program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to:
> Become actively involved in the pork industry.
> Participate in hands-on experience in the many facets of pork production and agriculture in the state of Utah.
> Develop strong relationships with the various types of pork producers throughout the state of Utah.
> Gain a better understanding of the pork industry.
> Develop and improve communication and leadership skills.

The main goal of the Youth Pork Ambassador is to promote the Utah Pork Producers Association and the pork industry at various events. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. The ambassador will also receive up to a $2,500 scholarship, payable to a technical school, community college, or a 4-year university at the end of the program.

To apply for the 2014 Youth Pork Ambassador Program download the information and application from the Utah FFA Association homepage at: www.utffa.org.

 Applications are due Friday, December 20, 2013.

Utah State FFA Newsletter: Read All About It

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Utah FFA state officers have developed a statewide newsletter to share FFA stories and events with its members, school districts, and the community. The state officers want to know what your chapter is doing and what events you have planned for the year. Below is the article Hailee Garrett, editor of the newsletter and Utah FFA state reporter, wrote for the first issue. The entire newsletter can be found on the home page of UtFFA.org.

Hello Utah FFA Association! You’re my favorite association by the way. I’m sure you’ve read every last piece of this newsletter and now by the time you have reached my article I’m sure you’re wondering a couple of things…

What is this thing?
How long have I missed out on it?
Who are the State Officers?
How can my chapter be in this?

Well members, fear not, for I have the answers.

First and foremost, what is this thing? You are holding an idea brought to life by your state officers. We all decided we wanted a statewide newsletter to help tell our stories and yours. We like to call this little beauty the Utah State FFA Newsletter! Yeah I know, its catchy right?

Second, how long have I missed out on this? You have never had the opportunity to access such a wonderful piece of paper. This one you’re reading right now is the VERY FIRST Utah State FFA Newsletter, EVER! If I were you, I’d keep it! A little piece of history! Scrapbook that thing!

Next, who are the state officers? If you were unable to attend COLT you are probably wondering who all these names are. Such as, Calee Lott, McKayla Gonder, Hunter Siggard, Justin Jaques, Hailee Garrett, and Matt Mecham. Don’t you fret; I shall now lead you out of darkness once more. These names are no other than your 2013-2014 State Officers! Justin Jaques is the President, Calee Lott is the Vice President, McKayla Gonder is the Secretary, Hunter Siggard is the Treasurer, Hailee Garrett is the Reporter, and Matt Mecham is the Sentinel! If you read each of the Who Are You features you can get to know us a little better.

Lastly, how can my chapter be in this? We want this newsletter to be yours! If your chapter does something incredible, (which you all do all the time.) and you want us to feature it! Have your chapter reporter or another officer email the written article with pictures or whatever you want to utffarep1314@gmail.com. Then I, as the state reporter and the editor, can make sure your article gets in!

I hope I have answered most of your questions by now, but if there are any more you just go ahead and email me or any of the other state officers. You can find all our info at utffa.org under the tab State Officers.

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and be looking for the next one!

Keep rocking,
Hailee T Garrett, Utah FFA State Reporter

This blog was originally published in the Utah State FFA Newsletter, Issue: 1, located at UtFFA.org.

 

Become Better and Ignite Your Potential

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Utah FFA Association,

I hope that your first few weeks of school have been amazing and that you are fully enjoying a new year full of great opportunities to learn and ignite your potential as FFA members. You are part of the greatest organization available to high school students and I encourage you to take full advantage of that opportunity. This new year provides new experiences and opportunities which will aid in developing your potential for premier leadership, career success and (I know it’s out of order) overall PERSONAL GROWTH.

You all can become better this year, every single one of you. It may take work, commitment, and sacrifice but it will be worth it. Becoming better this year begins with a decision… to become better. Say it to yourself, “I will become better!” Sweet, the mental goal is created! Now act on that!

I strongly encourage you to make the most of this year and keep up on your school work as well as your FFA obligations and commitments. Try something new…. compete in a new contest, meet that friend that you’ve yet to meet, and do something as you have never done before. It will be worth it. You only cross this path once, pick up as much as you can now because once it’s over you can’t come back.

We as state officers can see your potential and our feet tingle with excitement to see what it will become! (Strange analogy, but it works ha-ha) We look forward to each coming day and the opportunity to associate with so many of you, let us know what is going on. WE WANT TO BE INVOLVED! :) Once again, take each opportunity that you have to become better and ignite your potential. We look forward to seeing you this year at chapter, state, and national activities. Keep up the good work!

Until next time, work hard, stay committed, shatter expectations, ignite your potential, try something new, bleed blue and gold…. and, oh yeah, LOVE THE BIRDS- well mostly pigeons, ha-ha.

Love you all, in a not awkward way! Later,
Hunter Siggard, Utah FFA State Treasurer

This blog was originally published in the Utah State FFA Newsletter, Issue: 1, located at UtFFA.org.

Thank You for Being a Great Ag Teacher

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

By Buddy Deimler, Agricultural Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education and Utah FFA advisor

Thank you to every Ag teacher in Utah who works hard to make a difference with every student, in every class, every day. Through Agricultural Education and FFA you are making a positive difference in the lives of young people. Your hard work and dedication is evident by the hours that you spend and by the success your students enjoy, whether that success is at the local level, the state level or the national level. Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty every day as you provide opportunities for your students. You do a great job!

Jeff Klose, an FFA alumni member and agriculture science teacher in Texas, wrote the poem below as a tribute to his dear friend, while thinking of the many Ag teachers who influenced his life. This poem rings true for each of you.

The Ag Teacher
By: Jeff Klose

The students walked into the ring. The judge they intently eyed.
He knelt outside attentively, hat adjusted to one side.

Watching ever closely, his memory sets adrift.
Upon all the work and effort that came before this shift.

Students work and effort, and his combined with theirs,
Has been the winning combination for many countless years.

The proof is in the product when all is said and done.
The banner does not count as much as all the lessons won.

Students of the FFA will tell you, whether doctors, lawyers or the rest,
Their Ag teacher made the biggest difference in gaining their success.

What he teaches you can’t gain in the classroom taking notes,
But outside where there’s discipline to:

Feed the goats, fix the floats, check their throats, feed ‘em oats, win the votes and all the other lessons he promotes.

Other people rarely see the care we know he shows.
While they are asleep in bed, he’s doctoring a pigs runny nose.

And when you think you’ve figured out animals are what he knows.
He puts on his coat and tie and trains students to speak like pros.

Then summer comes and many teachers take their rest.
But he’s in the truck, once again, to help your student do their best.

For countless years he’s done this job, his work is never done.
Success does not stop to rest, he cannot fail just one.

He works so hard for all of you…Not much about his life is known.
Yet all you need to know is; he treats your family like his own.

Thank you to my Ag teacher, you taught me long ago:
The champion banner does not count as much, as how you won the show!

Join FFA Members at the Utah State Fair

Friday, September 6th, 2013

In addition to the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit at the Utah State Fair, throughout the 10 days of the Fair, the FFA Association has numerous agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, and livestock exhibits. So, when you visit the Fair be sure to stop by the exhibits listed below.

4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Show
Junior Livestock Market animals show on the following schedule:

  • Dairy Cattle –
    • Showmanship: Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Holstein and Jersey Show: Saturday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Swine –
    • Showmanship: Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m.
    • Market Hog Judging: Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Market Lambs –
    • Showmanship: Thursday, September 12 at 12:00 p.m.
    • Market Lamb Judging: Friday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Market Steers –
    • Showmanship: Thursday, September 12 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Market Steer Judging: Friday, September 13 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Poultry, and Rabbit Shows.

FFA Crops and Agricultural Mechanics
Display judged on Friday, September 6 at 8:00 a.m.

Agricultural Education students from around the state bring the best from their home gardens, truck farms and orchards to display at the Utah State Fair. This exhibit is open to the public throughout the Fair.

The Agricultural Mechanics exhibit is located in the old “FFA-Barnyard Friends” exhibit building. The exhibit features trailers built by the Agricultural Systems and Technology students in Utah high school agriculture programs. This display is open to the public throughout the Fair.

Jr. Livestock Auction
Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the Livestock Showring

Register to bid on 4-H/FFA raised livestock. Auction begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Livestock Showring. Help youth develop responsibility, gain knowledge and skill in livestock production, and become contributing members of society. You will be making an investment in their future!

 

Utah State FairNo Goats, No Glory
September 5 – September 15, 2013
Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Like Utah FFA on Facebook: #UtahFFA

Follow Utah FFA on Twitter: @UtahFFA

Plan Now to Attend the Little Hands on the Farm Exhibit

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The Little Hands on the Farm exhibit will return to the Utah State Fair September 5-15, 2013. This interactive exhibit is organized and operated by the Utah FFA—the organization for Agricultural Education students. Utah FFA state officers worked hard during the summer preparing this popular exhibit for the Utah State Fair. Each day, during the ten day event, two Utah FFA chapters will provide 10 members each to run this outstanding display.

This year, Utah FFA members anticipate more than 21,000 Little Farm Hands and their families will visit the exhibit and experience life on the farm. This interactive experience is especially for children ages 2 to 10. Children will learn where food comes from and the process it takes to get it from the farm to the grocery store by planting seeds, harvesting crops, milking a cow (a friendly fiberglass cow), gathering eggs, and selling their goods at market.

The Little Hands on the Farm experience is included with gate admission and can be found west of the arena. During the Fair, the exhibit is open each day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Utah State Fair
September 5-15, 2013
Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

FFA Members Awarded Scholarships

Monday, May 20th, 2013

On May 1, the National FFA Association announced the 2013 National FFA Scholarship winners. This year, more than $2.1 million was donated by 125 sponsors (businesses and individuals) to fund the National FFA Scholarship Program. The selection committee considered: the applicants involvement in FFA, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills, and academics. This year, FFA awarded 1,645 scholarships to assist students in their post-high school educational endeavors.

Congratulations to the 17 Utah FFA members, from 12 FFA chapters, who were awarded scholarships that ranged from $1,000 and $2,000 each.

FFA Scholarship Recipients

> Riley Atkinson, South Summit FFA > Macenzy Partridge, Delta FFA
> Hannah Endemano, Riverton FFA > Elli Reber, Gunnison Valley FFA
> DJ Espinoza, Wasatch FFA > Bryce Soresnen, Gunnison Valley FFA
> Shantelle Jacobson, South Summit FFA > Katie Spens, Morgan FFA
> Orson Koyle, Millard FFA > Cassidy Stephens, North Summit FFA
> Morgan Lauterbach, Syracuse FFA > Lauren Thiede, Wasatch FFA
> Shalissa, Nicholas, USU FFA > Jadon Woods, Uintah FFA
> Austin Olsen, Manila FFA > McKena Woolstenhulme, USU FFA
> Linsee Park, Wasatch FFA  

FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through Agricultural Education. Utah has over 6,200 FFA members in 77 chapters.

To learn about FFA visit ffa.org or utahffa.org.

Gaige Trevethick: Future Veterinary Technician

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Gaige Trevethick
Occupational Goal: Veterinary Technician

“It has always been my aspiration to be a veterinarian. Once I discovered there was a veterinary class I could take through Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC), I was excited and motivated to get there. I studied and made sure to get plenty of rest so that I could pass the acceptance test. The day I received the acceptance letter to JATC for the veterinarian assisting program was, to date, the best day of my life.

“Veterinary Assisting at JATC has prepared me with knowledge of how to ask questions, view the whole picture, work with people, deal with stressful situations in a timely fashion, use outside resources to find the answers I need, be organized, and so much more. This class has taught me how to be responsible for my time, be respectful of other people’s time, and give prompt responses. It also taught me how to lead a team and coordinate schedules. Veterinary Assisting is the first step to my career, my future, my life.”

 —Gaige Trevethick, Jordan High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Gaige on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Southern Utah University. Gaige was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Gaige Trevethick
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 

Today is a day that I LOVE my job!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

By Monica Giffing
Agricultural Education teacher and FFA Advisor,
Springville High School

There are many reasons that I love my job, but today especially! It is so amazing to see students learn and grow and truly use what we teach them and what FFA and the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) teaches them. 

Today, one of our lambs at the school lab got a very deep cut on its head, what a joy it was to watch Ashly Endicott (the Utah FFA Vet Science Proficiency Winner) use the skills she learned at the Rocky Mountain Vet Clinic as her SAE to assist this lamb. The other students, Christina, Aubrey, and Wesley, were great help when most kids would run the other way!

I am humbled that I get to work in such a profession that it brings me to tears when I see what some might see as a little thing (or a gross thing) I see as an amazing opportunity. I am truly doing what I love and loving what I do!