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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!

Gossner Foods
Intermountain Egg Producers
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.

Meet the CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation: Randy Parker

Friday, February 24th, 2012


Introducing… Randy Parker

A graduate of … Pleasant Grove High School

Now working as … the Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit association overseeing budget, staff, and implementing the policies of 30,000 members under the guidance of a board of directors.

For … Utah Farm Bureau Federation

See the website … http://utfb.fb.org/

Vocational Agriculture were his favorite high school classes. “Coming from a ranching background, I was able to learn about management, production, finances as well as hands on welding and other agriculture shop classes. I was involved in FFA, including election to chapter offices.”

Randy’s first job (after college) – was Information Supervisor for the Utah Department of Agriculture.

Randy reports his most significant training was … a bachelor’s in Agri-business; a master’s in Agricultural Economics.  “My Vo Ag Teacher gave me the confidence to attend Utah State University after graduation. I was the first in my family to attend and graduate from college.

A career highlight … Election as President of the North American Agriculture Marketing Officials Association (NAAMO), which is a “collection of state and provincial marketing officials from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The group works together to increase food and agriculture marketing opportunities between the countries as well as jointly opening global marketing opportunities for North American farmers, ranchers and value added food processors.”

Advice to students …Stick with your educational goals. From a life experience standpoint there are two important considerations. First, there are a greater number of and more fullfilling career opportunities for men and women with college degrees. Second, the earning opportunity today for college graduates far exceeds my generation. In the 1970s, the lifetime earning potential differential between a high school graduate and a college degree was an increase of about 25 percent. Today, with a college degree the average increased lifetime earnings potential over a high school graduate is about 80 percent.

New Livestock Facility Opens in Nebo School District

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This month a new livestock facility opened in Nebo School District that will support three high schools and their Agricultural Education programs. The new facility is called the “Nebo Agricultural Station” and will house numerous FFA student projects. Buddy Deimler, Agricultural Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, tells UtahCTE.org about the project.

Question: Why was the facility built in Nebo?
Answer: As that part of Utah County becomes less rural students in agricultural education have less opportunity to house livestock projects at their homes. Many students live in suburban housing which does not provide housing opportunities for livestock.

Question: Does this facility replace an older building or it is new to the district?
Answer: Several of the older high school programs have had livestock facilities in place for many years. These facilities have received upgrades in the past few years to facilitate program growth. Maple Mountain High School, Salem Hills High School and Spanish Fork High School will use the new facility.

Question: How many schools will this new facility serve?
This facility will serve three high schools that don’t currently have livestock facilities. In addition, there is land area available for summer plant programs, research and elementary school field trip demonstrations by the associated FFA chapter.

Question: What kinds of student projects are taking place at the facility?
Answer: The facility will house mostly sheep and swine projects. Most of these projects will be market animals for livestock shows; the Spanish Fork Junior Livestock Show, Utah County Fair Junior Livestock Show, and The Utah State Fair Junior Livestock Show. A few of the students may travel to other livestock shows in the state.

Question: What was the involvement of CTE/FFA students in building this facility?
Answer: The project was designed and directed by J. Merrill Hallam who is a Nebo School District science teacher and CTE Coordinator for Agriculture and Welding. Appropriate personnel were used for electrical and water installation, but a majority of the work was done by J. Merrill, high school FFA students, and community volunteers.

Question: Who else contributed to the building of this facility?
Answer: The concrete was subcontracted, but all other construction including electrical, plumbing, framing, sheeting, and installation of all feeders, waterers and fencing was done by J. Merrill, his son Riley, high school students and other community volunteers.

Question: Where did you obtain the equipment for the facility?
Answer: Previously used feeding, watering and fencing material was purchased out of Iowa for about 20 cents on the dollar.

Question: Will this livestock facility be expanded in the future?
Answer: The livestock facility is phase one of hopefully a continuing expansion of agricultural opportunities and experiences for all interested students.

Question: How will this facility be supervised?
Answer: Each school agricultural education teacher is assigned to one night a week, after school, to supervise students from all area schools in Nebo School District. Each teacher also takes one weekend a month for supervision of students. Additional time is spent by each advisor and student as the projects move toward completion.