Welcome to the very first edition of the FFA Fill In! The plan says this will become a regular and weekly post on the National FFA Organization Blog that accomplishes several goals. We hope to make this is a solid, reliable source for FFA news, FFA program deadlines, cool stories from the 7,498 FFA chapters nationwide, interesting notes and news about agriculture everywhere and anything else deemed fit! Most importantly, we’re going to take a laid back, easy-going approach to this and have some fun along the way. You’ll even have a chance to win some cool things along the way!
We hope you’ll join us each week as we get this ironed out, and maybe share it with a friend or two. Hopefully, it’ll be a great way for anyone tied to FFA and agriculture education to keep up with our fun national blue and corn gold world. Thanks for reading!
Conventions, conventions, conventions!
Boy, what a week it’s been for FFA in several states! The state convention season is starting to wind down, but it’s not going away with a whimper. This week Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin all hosted their annual state gatherings featuring state finals in career development events, tremendous leadership workshops, delegate sessions, awesome keynote speakers and—in Wisconsin—one confetti-loving owl.
The National FFA Officer Team made it to each state hosting a convention this week. The lineup: Continue reading
Each year at the National FFA Convention, FFA members from across the nation astound us with a smorgasbord of talents. They are talented as leaders, as advocates and caretakers, as scientists, as farmers and as teachers.
Some of them can even sing and dance!
If you’re an FFA member who loves to sing, perform and/or play an instrument, apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent! You’ll have a blast, make tons of lifelong friends, all while doing something you love.
You can find more information on the requirements and how to apply here.
Also, we are very excited to announce a new competitive portion of our program. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to compete for the title of 2013 National FFA Talent winner! Check the blog again tomorrow for more details…
Ever wonder why we have a week devoted to the FFA? Why is it in February? Who is the G-Man?
Check out the video for my take on the week! Have a great FFA week, and get out there and spread the mission of the FFA!
2012-13 Central Region Vice-President
2. When we meet. We eat.
3. “I am in FFA” makes a great pick up line.
4. Never have to worry about what to wear.
5. We can eat our projects.
6. Doesn’t matter if your truck is dirty!
7. ROAD TRIPS!
8. Where else does money grow on trees?
9. Learning and growing outside the classroom.
10. FFA Advisors…too legit to quit!
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I hope that your Christmas season was full of GREAT family time and DELICIOUS food! I know mine sure was! As my family gathered around the table Christmas day before the meal, I could not help but notice how the food dishes and trimmings looked like a portrait right out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Baked ham(perfectly sliced), dressing(that would make Paula Deen want the recipe), broccoli casserole, sweet potato soufflé, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits, pecan pie and sour cream pound cake to top it all off. Needless to say, the Sapp family didn’t leave the dinner table hungry on Christmas!
As I have talked with friends from across the country about their Christmas festivities, it seems the one thing that is consistent about Christmas across America is that we all eat very well! Our families break out their best recipes, trek to the local grocery store and cook for hours to deliver the best of their best.
As I sat on the couch, stuffed on Christmas afternoon, I began to think…. we all rave about Aunt Iris’s baked ham and thank Uncle David for his famous dressing but how often do we take the time to consider how fortunate we are to have the diverse abundant food supply that makes all of our favorite dishes.
We are blessed to live in a country that has the land resources to overcome droughts and disease to provide food for millions around the world. We are blessed to live in a country that values research and technology, which allows us to produce more food with less land, and we are blessed to have men and women who have dedicated their lives to feeding others, even when their profession has not always been considered the most glamorous. We are able to enjoy the Pinterest delights and traditional favorite foods of Christmas and beyond because of the American agriculture industry.
As we turn our attention to the upcoming year and begin to make New Year’s resolutions, let’s consider making a resolution to recognize the efforts of the American farmer. Accomplishing this resolution can be as simple as thanking a local producer for all that they do, or possibly even deciding to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in agriculture. Nevertheless, in 2013, let’s make a point to refocus on how blessed we are to have a vibrant agriculture industry and continue to innovate ways that we can lead it into the future.
Living to serve,
National FFA President