I realize that a lot of you don’t know what FFA is. So before I jump into writing about showing lambs I figured I would go into detail about the amazing organization behind showing livestock. I believe this is something you should all know. Like most of you I had no idea of what FFA entailed till I got into high school. The majority of us will never know of FFA or for that matter really know what agriculture is. For that reason it is important for all of my readers to know how important agriculture is and how much agriculture we have around us every hour of every day. FFA and Agriculture needs to be promoted more than ever. With me sharing my love for showing lambs and in todays post with writing about FFA surely will have you informed. There is also one other organization which is 4-H for younger children that aren’t already in high school. If you would like for me to go into more detail I would be glad to write about 4-H as well.
What does FFA stand for?
FFA stands for Future Farmers of America. The letters are apart of the history and heritage that will never change. FFA is not just for students who want to become farmers. FFA is committed to providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. We are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, also.
What is there to do?
You may show heifers, steers, swine, goats, and lambs. Not only can you show, you can also take part in a LDE meaning Leadership Development Event as well as a CDE standing for Career Development Event. LDEs go on during the fall and CDEs are during the spring. I can name a number of teams. The most common for LDEs are Agricultural Issues, Chapter Conducting, Creed Speaking, Broadcasting, and more. CDE teams include Ag Communications, Ag Sales, Floriculture, Range, and many additional teams. With these events you compete at a local, state, and national level.
MORGAN’S TIME IN FFA
This year I will be a junior and this will be my first time as an officer. I am the Chapter Reporter. I have shown lambs all years being an FFA member. I have also done Career and Leadership Events each year. My freshman year I did Broadcasting and Floriculture. This past year as a sophomore I did Agricultural Issues and tried doing vet which wasn’t my thing and decided to stick to Floriculture. Here are some of the other events I have attended besides shows and competitions. We have meetings where we have a business meeting, then play game, and have snacks or dinner. Also have a live auction as one of our fundraisers. Then of course the banquet with all of the end of the year awards. I have been to the Greenhand Camp. First year members are called Greenhands. Just recently went to my Area Leadership Camp, Officer retreat, then the big Texas FFA Convention. FFA is filled with many new experiences, opportunities, memories, and friends.
I encourage you to look more into FFA. There is something for everyone. I’m sure I missed somethings. There is so much about FFA I probably didn’t even share half of what FFA is all about, but you now know the key things about FFA. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask. I would be more than happy to help or even if you don’t have a question I would love to speak to you.
For more pictures and videos go to my FFA highlight on my Instagram @gowithgraceblog and you can see everything there!