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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!

2013: The Year of the Farmer

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

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.


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.