Don’t break the piggy bank.

In a down economy, it’s important to have a smart financial strategy in place. To that end, Brookville Sr. FFA in Florida contacted 15 neighboring FFA chapters aBrooksville Sr. FFA, Floridand 4-H clubs to establish a swine cooperative.

 
The purpose of the project – called “This Little Piggy Goes to Market” – was to lower the cost of both swine and feed. As they began the project, members surveyed all of their fellow swine exhibitors to determine everyone’s needs for the project. Then they contacted Kent Feeds in Louisville, Ky., to determine the best prices for bulk show pig base mix and supplements.

 
Participants in the “This Little Piggy Goes to Market” project bought swine feed for $13 per 50 pounds, for a savings of $6 per 50 pounds – and an overall savings of $1,440.

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The Lisa and Dan Stone Memorial Endowment

The National FFA Foundation has created a new endowment to memorialize the lives of National FFA Center employee Lisa Stone and her husband, Dan.

The Lisa and Dan Stone Memorial Endowment will provide an annual scholarship for a deserving student who demonstrates the ability to champion FFA and agricultural education through the use of new media.

Lisa was a web developer who played critical roles in many of National FFA’s online successes. An employee since 2007, she led a host of projects, including our efforts to establish and grow our social media sites, design and improve our websites and various program-specific pages within FFA.org and to substantially grow and enhance the way we’re able to accept and process our scholarship applications each year.

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Putting a stop to bullying at school

Working together, Ridgemont FFA members developed activities to help in the prevention of violence.

Some studies show that as many as one in four children are being bullied at school. It’s not always easy standing up to a bully. That’s why Ridgemont FFA in Ridgeway, Ohio, decided to do something about it.

“A student’s sister had been getting bullied at school,” chapter president Malana Ledley explained. “We researched what we could do about it in our school using the FCCLA (Family, Career and Communication Leaders of America) initiative.”

Ridgemont FFA collaborated with the Crossroads Crisis Center (CCC), gifted English classes, geometry classes and FCCLA. Their goal was to create the first-ever “STOP the Violence Week: Students Taking on Prevention.” They hoped toinvolve 100 percent of the STOP committee and 65 percent of the student body in the week’s activities.

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Ag businesses need FFA members

If you’re an ag student who’s wondering what your job prospects will look like once you graduate, we have some good news for you!

According to National Public Radio, the agriculture industry has many available job opportunities, but cannot find enough qualified people to fill them in spite of high unemployment rates across the U.S.

Ag  Business Strained in Finding Good Crop of Employees: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/19/139745806/ag-business-strained-finding-good-crop-of-employees

 

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