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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!

2013: The Year of the Farmer

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

BLOG UPDATE:
In less than a week, Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad, “So God Made a Farmer” was watched, shared, or emailed more than 10 million times. Incredible!

Please continue to share the video link and show Ram the power of Agricultural Education and FFA!

2013: The Year of the Farmer
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Did you see the Super Bowl commercial giving homage to every farmer in America? Did you see the FFA logo at the end of the commercial?

During the Super Bowl Chrysler aired a two-minute commercial featuring the 1978 speech Paul Harvey gave at the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Convention. The commercial “So God Made a Farmer” aired during the fourth quarter of the game. According to Nielson, 108.4 million viewers watched the Super Bowl. What great exposure for FFA!

“And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said,
“I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.”

 

Click the arrow above to watch, share, and/or email the video.

Through December 31, 2013, each time the video is watched, shared, or emailed Ram Trucks will make a donation, of up to $1 million, to the National FFA Organization. (The $1 million donation is based upon a $100,000 donation per 1 million times the ad is watched, shared, or emailed.)

So, watch, share, and/or email the video and then do it again! LET’S HELP FFA RECEIVE THE FULL $1 MILLION!

FFA plans to dedicate the bulk of the $1 million to supporting the FFA hunger initiative “Feeding the World–Starting at Home.”

Did you see the FFA logo at the end of the video?
Watch the video again!  

 

FFA Chapter Video Contest

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

By the Utah FFA State Officers

It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and live out your dreams to be a movie director, star, editor, and creator. The Utah FFA State Officer Team has a challenge for you….. Make your own video and share your chapter stories and experiences in agriculture. The best videos will be shown at the State FFA Convention, March 14-16, and be voted on by those attending.

Check out the State Officer’s sample video. This video shows short examples of all three topics. Use your own creativity, it doesn’t have to be a music video this is just an example.

THE CHAPTER SUBMITTING THE BEST VIDEO WILL RECEIVE
A SET OF 30 CUSTOM DESIGNED T-SHIRTS
.

FFA Chapter Video Contest Rules
Submission Due by February 20, 2013

1. Your video must address one of the following three topics:

A. Tell Your Story: Introduce FFA and Your Chapter. Tell us what your FFA chapter does, what’s interesting, why should someone be an FFA member, and what does FFA have to offer?

B. Why is Agriculture Important? Show the audience why they need agriculture and why it’s importance to us all.

C. Introduce Agriculture and Agricultural Careers in Your Area. Show the audience agriculture and agricultural careers in your hometown and surrounding area. Introduce them to the diversity, opportunity and excitement.

2. Video may be a maximum of 5 minutes.

3. To submit your video upload it to youtube.com, by February 20, 2013, available for all to see. Once the video is uploaded, email the name of the video and the YouTube link to brettevans@utffa.org. You’re also encouraged, but not required, to post a link to your video on the Utah FFA Facebook page.

4. Do not break any copyright laws! Be careful about the images, music, and clips you use.

5. Contest winner will be determined by popular vote.

6. All persons whose name or image appear in the video, including the person who uploads the video to the Utah FFA Facebook page, gives express permission for their image and persona to be used by the Utah FFA Association for the purpose of this contest and promotion of FFA and agriculture.

7. The Utah FFA Association State Executive Committee, at their sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any video deemed vulgar, demeaning or inappropriate.

If you have questions please contact Mr. Evans, the Utah FFA Executive Secretary, at brettevans@utffa.org.

FFA: We are the future. We are the seeds.

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The 85th Annual FFA Convention & Expo recently took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. FFA student members from Utah joined FFA chapters across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to “GROW”—the theme for the convention. FFA student members grew from hearing from a variety of motivational speakers who encouraged them to work hard, not give up, prepare for the future, make a difference in their community, and to be a positive example and serve others.

Utah FFA State Officers

During the convention FFA student members competed in a variety of competitive events. Events are educational activities in which FFA members practice the lessons taught in Agricultural Education classes. Utah students competed with confidence, dignity, and pride. UtahCTE.org congratulates each FFA student member who competed in each event.

2012 National FFA Agriscience Fair – 1st place winners
Animal Systems Division 1
Kaitlin Hallam, Spanish Fork High School

Environ Services/Natural Resource Systems Division 3
Kalynn Webb and Savannah Allison, Lehi High School

The complete list of National Convention Agriscience Fair participants can be viewed HERE.

2012 Agricultural Proficiency Award – 1st place winner
Small Animal Production and Care – Entrepreneurship/Placement
Katelyn Scott, American Fork FFA Chapter

The complete list of Agricultural Proficiency finalists and participants can be viewed HERE.

Career Development Event (CDE) Team and Individual Awards
The complete list of CDE team and individual awards can be viewed HERE.

At the convention, FFA members from across the country, along with local volunteers, packaged more than one million meals for the Indianapolis community and families around the world in the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger. Helping package meals is just one way to fight hunger. Having the conversation on how to fight hunger is another. “Go back to your communities and learn what’s going on. Find out who is addressing hunger. Reach out to your community food bank, anyone that might be talking about it,” said Cindy Hubert, Gleaners Food Bank President and CEO.

There are over 540,000 FFA members in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

For more information about FFA, visit ffa.org. FFA can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and on the official National FFA Organization blog.

 We grow and we do it together. We are the future. We are the seeds.

FFA: Food for All

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500? Create a community garden? Grow protein sources to donate to the community? Or perhaps, host a community workshop? Start thinking about it now as you apply for the FFA: Food for All grant funded by Farmers Feeding the World and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. This grant will give FFA chapters the opportunity to help fight hunger in their community.

Who: Middle/junior high and high school FFA chapters.
What: FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support a year-long service-learning project
focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger programs.
When: Applications are due Monday, December 10, 2012 via email to LTS@ffa.org.
Why: To help fight hunger in your community through service-learning.
How: Visit www.ffa.org/foodforall for the application and additional information.

The Living to Serve Team will host the following informational webinars to provide guidance and support to interested chapters. The webinars are not mandatory, but will provide invaluable information as your chapter applies for a grant. To register for one of the webinars click one of the date links below.

Thursday, November 15 at 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 5 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. EST

In 2012, FFA chapters funded through the FFA: Food for All grant program donated 147,725 pounds of produce, 10,668 pounds of meat and fish and 729 dozen eggs to their local communities.

Last year, the Springville High School FFA chapter was one out of 140 chapters nationwide who received an “FFA: Food for All” grant. The chapter used the money for supplies, equipment, and marketing of a 26,000 square foot community vegetable and herb garden. During the harvest season the chapter had a roadside stand once a week. All ripe produce was available for anyone in need and the leftover produce was taken to the Utah County Food Bank in Provo.

Don’t delay. Prepare your grant application NOW! Applications are due Monday, December 10, 2012.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The Utah FFA state officers, members, and advisors would like to thank the many sponsors who generously contributed materials, supplies, and products for the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit at the 2012 Utah State Fair. Your contributions and support made the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit a HUGE success. THANK YOU!

Frito-Lay
Gossner Foods
IFA
Intermountain Egg Producers
Keebler
Kellogg
Malt-O-Meal
Utah Apple Marketing Board
Utah Dairy Council
Utah Farm Bureau
Utah Farmers Union
Utah’s Own- Utah Department of Agriculture
Utah Pork Producers
Utah Wool Growers Association

Watch the video of an FFA member giving a tour of Little Hands on the Farm.

Little Hands on the Farm

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Have you been to the Utah State Fair? Did you visit the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit? If you are still planning on visiting the Fair be sure to check out the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit.

Little Hands on the Farm is an annual exhibit at the Utah State Fair and is a favorite destination among children. This exhibit provides an agricultural experience for children, their parents, and grandparents in a fun interactive way. Utah FFA  members run this exceptional exhibit. So, stop by and say hello!

Hurry now to the Utah State Fair to visit the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit Live and In Color before it ends on Sunday, September 16, 2012. You will be glad you did!

  

Join FFA Members at the Utah State Fair

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Plan now to join FFA members at the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit at the Utah State Fair during September 6-16, 2012. FFA state officers worked hard during the summer to plan and prepare this exhibit. Two FFA chapters per day will provide 10 members each to run this outstanding display.

FFA members anticipate that this year approximately 20,000 Little Farm Hands and their families will visit the exhibit and experience life on the farm, and learn the importance of agriculture in a fun interactive way. (This interactive experience is especially for children ages 2 to 10.) From planting seeds, to harvesting crops, to milking a cow (a friendly fiberglass cow), to gathering eggs, to selling their goods at market, children will learn where food comes from and the process it takes to get it from the farm to the grocery store.

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

In addition to the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit, the FFA Association has numerous agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, and livestock exhibits throughout the 10 days of the Fair. FFA students from across Utah will compete in the following events:

4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Show
Junior Livestock Market animals weigh in the week of September 10 and show on the following schedule:

  • Dairy Cattle – Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Swine – Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Market Lambs – Friday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Market Steers – Friday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Poultry, and Rabbit Shows.

FFA Horticulture / Crops
Display judged on Friday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m.
This exhibit is located in the Exhibits Building #18. 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.

FFA Agricultural Mechanics
Display judged on Friday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m.
This exhibit is located in front of the Livestock Showring 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 15 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 Fair
September 6 – September 16, 2012
Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Alexis Nelson: Future Veterinarian Technician

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Alexis Nelson
Occupational Goal: Veterinarian Technician

“I have had a lifelong interest in veterinarian science, as I have a compassion for animals and their health. . . I focused on the Animal Science CTE Pathway while in high school. I took all the Animal Science classes at Davis High and then took the Vet Internship program [during] my senior year. I heard about the internship program when I met with my [school] counselor my junior year, wondering what I could do to gain experience. When I found out that I could get hands-on experience at a veterinarian hospital I was thrilled. I started my internship at Bayview Animal Hospital during my first semester of my senior year. Having volunteered during the summer I wanted to spend more time at the hospital. Being around animals and knowing my love for them I knew this was the place for me. . .In this internship I have been able to [obtain] tons of hands-on experience, and work in the business office to gain experience that not many people get to have. . .I plan on completing my associate degree and getting my license as a veterinarian technician.” –Alexis Nelson, Davis High School

“[Alexis] was selected out of 250 students to participate in the Davis High Internship Program, getting the highly competitive Vet Tech Internship slot,” said Doris Peterson, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Davis High School. “Alexis’ strengths are her personality and commitment. She has the unique ability to make everyone feel special. She is a good listener and a hard worker. . She has a positive outlook on life as well as a keen desire to learn new things,” said Peterson.

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alexis on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Alexis was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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

Jamie Christensen: Future Agricultural Education Teacher

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Jamie Christensen
Occupational Goal: Agricultural Education Teacher

“I focused on horticulture for my CTE Pathway in high school. Although horticulture was my Pathway I [was] active in every Ag class I [took] and I loved them all. I want to further my education and become an Ag teacher. I have been around agriculture [all] my life and I understand the impact it has on our daily lives. I want to be able to do my best to help teach others who do not understand it.

“Rodeo and my horses are a passion that has helped me realize my dreams. Honestly, if was not for my love and patience with horses and animals I know I would not have learned how to teach others. Due to my success in rodeo events I give riding lessons. . .Teaching about what I love comes naturally and that is how I know teaching is a great fit for me. I have been told, ‘If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.’ Which I know is true.

“I am a firm believer that not everything in life begins like we all plan for it to be, but to be a champion at life we must be able to take a look where we are and get where we want to be.” —Jamie Christensen, Stansbury High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jamie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Jamie was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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