For the past few weeks, my feeds have been full of posts from exhausted and overwhelmed stock show moms in the midst of their county and state fairs. They’re sharing the good, the bad and the messy from their weeks. … Continue reading
When I think back on everything I gained during my time in FFA, my friends are the first thing that come to mind.
The plaques and banners were boxed up years ago. The jackets are hanging in the back corner of a closet. The friends? They’re still on speed dial.
Today FFA and agriculture education are cultivating the next generation of agriculture leaders through a commitment to hands on learning, personal growth and living a life of service. Sorry PETA, nothing about that seems “lame” to me.Continue reading
An FFA chapter at Noble High School in Oklahoma hosts a livestock show each year for special needs students.
The FFA members pair up with the show participants to teach them how to care for their animals, fit/prepare them for a show and then help them exhibit the animals in a show.
This year, my youngest sister convinced her friend Lexie to show a pig for the first time. A high school junior, Lexie is older than most beginning showmen. Instead of letting that discourage her, however, Lexie is determined to make … Continue reading
This year marked my eighth Kentucky FFA State Convention. Each convention reminds me of my wonderful years as an FFA member and renews my faith in the organization that is preparing another generation of agriculture advocates. As always, convention sparks … Continue reading
According to my dad, our farm now has three divisions: he’s “production,” my sister Renee is “marketing” and I’m “promotions.” He’s not really exaggerating that much. When it comes to making sure our pigs are taken care of, Dad has … Continue reading
Without FFA, my life would be completely different. It was through FFA that I learned how to be a part of something bigger than myself, to stick up for agriculture and make life long friendships. I even met my fiance … Continue reading
Farming is full of heartbreaking moments. Two weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to my favorite pig of all time. Over the past four years, she taught me more about showing, raising pigs and myself than any other experience … Continue reading
It’s only been 3 years since I hung up my FFA jacket but it seems like a lifetime since I’ve felt the familiar hug of that national blue corduroy. This week makes me miss my FFA days even more because … Continue reading