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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

Randi Faber: Future Veterinarian Assistant

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Randi Faber
Occupational Goal: Veterinarian Assistant

“The CTE classes I took in high school prepared me for college and my upcoming career by giving me the opportunity to find a field that really touched my heart. I took many CTE classes in high school. There were several classes that really seemed to open my eyes and showed me that maybe I could pursue a career in this field. They were the Animal Science Tech and Veterinary Science/Assistant courses. They have shown me how much dedication it takes to know all the information and then take that information into my own hands, and that gave me the drive to want to attend college and gain the necessary certifications for a great career.” —Randi Faber, Stansbury High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Randi on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Randi 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: Randi Faber
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Springville High School FFA Receives Grant

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Q&A with Monica Giffing: Agricultural Education teacher and Utah FFA advisor at Springville High School.

Question: The Springville High School FFA chapter was recently awarded a $2,000 “Food for All” grant. What organization provided this grant?
Answer: The grant is administered by the National FFA Organization in partnership with the Howard G. Buffet Foundation and Farmers Feeding the World. Our chapter was one out of 140 chapters nationwide who received a grant. We applied for the grant in October and are thrilled that we were one of the applicants selected. This application was put together by our FFA Chapter President Christina Nolasco, she will also serve as our Community Garden chairman.

Question: What do you think made your application standout?
Answer: I believe our application stood out because of the completeness of the project. The community service that we will be providing starts from the seed germination in our greenhouse, to planting and harvesting the produce, to donating to the local community and food bank.

Question: How will the Springville High School FFA chapter use the grant money?
Answer: The budget set forth was meant for supplies, equipment, and marketing of the community vegetable garden.

Question: What size is the vegetable garden?
Answer: The vegetable garden is 26,000 square feet. We will grow all types of vegetables, including several varieties of tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, melons, and pumpkins. We will also have an herb garden.

Question: Are their local sponsors who assist with additional costs that the grant may not cover?
Answer: Harward Farms is a great supporter of this project. They helped with their farm equipment to prepare the soil. Last year, SunRoc helped us begin this endeavor by donating a variety of garden tools.

Question: What will be done with the food that is harvested in the fall?
Answer:  During the harvest season we will have a roadside stand once a week. All ripe produce will be available for anyone in need and the leftover produce will be taken to the Utah County Food Bank in Provo.

Question: How many students are in the Springville High School FFA chapter?
Answer:  We have 82 Springville High School FFA members.

Question: What responsibilities do students have with the maintenance of the garden?
Answer: We have one lead garden chairman and five garden co-chairs. Each co-chair is responsible for a portion of the garden. From planting, to managing, to water, to harvest, they will oversee a sub-committee to help maintain the area. This serves as a students Supervised Agricultural Experience and will become their summer agricultural project. 

Question: What are students saying about the community vegetable garden project?
Answer: Christina Nolasco said, “I think this project is good because it gives me and other [FFA] members a chance to give back to our community that is so supportive of us.”

Chapter Vice President Amberly Bradford believes learning about gardening is something everyone needs. She said, “I think our garden project is great because everyone needs a chance to learn how to be self-sufficient. It will help us now as we learn skills like transplanting and later on when we have our own gardens.”

Read about the Springville High School FFA project in the Daily Herald, Springville FFA receives Food for All grant.

UtahCTE.org congratulates the Springville High School FFA chapter on receiving the “Food for All” grant and for their continued excellence in the Agricultural Education program. Keep up the great work!

Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer with one in seven of American workers employed in agriculture-related jobs. Each U.S. farmer produces food and fiber for 155 people in the United States and abroad. Visit UtahCTE.org to learn about a career in Agriculture.

FFA: An Association of Agricultural Education Students

Monday, March 19th, 2012

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. There are over 6,000 FFA members in 78 Utah chapters.

On March 8-10, 2012, FFA members from across the state met in Richfield, Utah to compete at the Utah FFA Association State Convention. Throughout the year FFA members prepared for competitive events in the following areas:

  • Agriscience Fair
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Public Speaking
  • Scholarships

Winners included:

  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking
    Sarah Peck – Mountain Crest
  • IFA Scholarship
    Whyatt Garn – Bear River High School
  • Parliamentary Procedure
    Dixie FFA chapter
  • Public Speaking
    Bradie Jill Jones – North Summit
  • Western AgCredit
    Katherine Piper – Payson High School

Winners from these events advance to the national FFA competition on October 24-27, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.

New state officers elected for the 2012-2013 school year are:

Front row: Tylynn Savage, Bailie Richens, Back row: Whyatt Garn, Madison Walker, McKaylie Nelson, Tarvis Cann

  • President – Tylynn Savage – Mt. Nebo High School
  • Vice President – Whyatt Garn – Bear River High School
  • Secretary – Bailie Richens – North Summit High School
  • Treasurer – Madison Walker – Wasatch High School
  • Reporter – McKaylie Nelson – American Fork High School
  • Sentinel – Travis Cann – South Summit High School

We want to hear about the FFA conference, your skill competition and what your FFA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a FFA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FFA advisor in your school.