The Positives of Equine Therapy

When the word therapy comes to mind, we typically think about talking to someone about their issues or having physical therapy to help heal injuries. In fact, there are more than a hundred different types of therapy. One that is not as well known is equine therapy. Equine therapy helps people with addiction and disorders. This type of therapy can help in several different ways by helping the patient gain confidence, learning to problem solve, gaining assertiveness, control of impulse, and responsibility.

As anyone who rides a horse knows, there is no stronger bond than the one between a rider and the horse. Therefore equine therapy can teach the patient to learn to trust and build a healthy relationship with the horse. Being around a horse can give one a sense of peace and relaxation. Around horses one must be quiet not to startle or spook a horse; making it very peaceful Horses do like to be spoken to, so they are great to talk to when needed. It may seem funny to be talking to an animal that can not understand what you are saying, but in a way, they can understand how their rider is feeling. In the hit TV show Heartland that is based on an equine rehabilitation center; Amy Fleming is the horse expert. After the death of her mother, she becomes very depressed and decides she doesn’t want to work with horses anymore. After she goes back to the barn, she connects with a horse which brings her out of her depression and sparks a passion in her. Horses have the capability of helping people emotionally and mentally.

Horses are amazing, quick learning animals hence why they are great to work with in therapy. In sessions of equine therapy patients do several trust-building activities such as learning how to groom their horse, including picking up their hooves and cleaning them out. The patients also get to observe horse behavior and the horses herd dynamics and relate it to their own life. Horses are quick to build a bond with people and associate them with members of their herd, therefore, making them domesticated. Another issue horses are known for helping is someone who battles addiction.

People with addiction have learned that feelings are painful and often try to avoid them with this “way out” by turning to drugs. Horses are wonderful at detecting emotions as stated above and act out the way someone is feeling. For example, a person who is feeling anxious or scared of the horse and the horse echoes this message back which can make the patient more aware of their feelings and their effects. They have a great way of sensing what is going on in someone’s life and they try to help them.

Horses are large animals and can seem scary, but it is all about trusting them. Even if they are larger, it shows the patient that they can trust the horse to listen to them. This can make someone a more open trusting person but it can also help them set boundaries. Horses are a smart animal, sometimes though they can be known as bossy. The horse being bossy has the potential to teach a patient how to set boundaries for the horse, basically telling them what is right and what is wrong. These animals can also be like children who will poke and prod at every end to figure out what is allowed and what is not.

A part of the session, clients or patients gets to ride. Horses have an item in their mouth called a bit that can signal directions as to which direction to go. As well as tapping their sides gently with the heel tells them to move forward and change speeds. This teaches the client to communicate their intentions with the horse, this can build trust and better communication.

Horses work their way into our hearts and change our life. For some they are just a friend and for some they impact a person’s life so much that they revolve their life around them. Nelly Jacob’s was a 87 year old woman who had rode horses all her life. She did shows, won ribbons, she had a bond with horses. At 51 she showed signs of Parkinson’s disease. Eventually she was wheelchair bound but all she wanted to do was ride a horse one last time. With some help from supporters she was able to do that. The smile she had, was one that her family hadn’t seen in awhile. The influence horses have on our lives are unimaginable.

What I want you to get out of this article and what most people realize from sessions of equine therapy, are horses and humans have a lot in common. Some horses have dark past just as we do, but with work they can become great horses. There are many lessons taught in this kind of therapy, but they all seem to tie together to lead to a better, healthy, trusting life. It helps to see the light at the end of the long tunnel.

-Kelcie Bousman

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The Heart of True Service

I remember when I was going through State Officer interviews. I got the golden question. It asked, “In your own words, how would you describe service?” First, let’s start off with the definition of service. Service; the action of helping or doing work for someone. You’re probably wondering what does this mean? This means that service is the foundation of FFA. So we as leaders in this organization have to be filled with want to serve.

I know you’re wondering, how would I describe service? The way I describe service is helping someone out with the kindness of your heart, expecting nothing in return. This means that you do a good deed because it impacts others. 

The next way I would describe service is putting others before yourself. Meaning you go out of your way to meet a person’s needs before yours. For example, a person didn’t have a shirt. You would give that person the shirt off your back to provide him with clothing. This is the cliche version of service we think of “I would give you the shirt off my back.” While we’ve all heard it, a true leader says it and means it. They are willing to help others even if it takes away from them. Service can also be on an emotional need as well. Service isn’t always doing something for someone, sometimes it is just listening to what someone has to say. You serve others out of your own heart, not out of your brain thinking you will get a reward. Rather service has a deeper impact on everyone involved.

Service is done with passion. Without passion, you are not performing service. Okay, I lied you are still doing service but not for the right reasons. You see service isn’t self-centered it’s about others. The reward from service is seeing how others prosper from your works.

As FFA members, you’re probably wondering what does this mean? Well, let me tell you. This means that it is our job as FFA members to serve. I know we hear this all the time in this organization, but it’s the truth. “Living to serve.” We as FFA members should live to serve, and not expect anything in return. The  reward that is gained from service is bigger than yourself. This means that every time we zip up this FFA jacket it’s our duty to inspire somebody. It’s our job to show the world that agriculture will always be a way of life.

You see, when we serve we have to set ourselves aside and ask ourselves what can we do for others? When we serve the only reward that matters is that a difference was made in the lives of others.  We shouldn’t expect any materialistic things in return. We should instead ask that a heart of service is continued to be passed on to make this organization greater. As the FFA creed States that we must believe in agriculture with a faith not born of words, but of deeds.

So all I ask is that you take the time to ask yourself. What can I do for others? Not how will this benefit me? 

Rico Roberts,

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FFA: Faith, Future, and Accomplishment.

I will never forget the first FFA contest I participated in. It was my freshman year of high school and my advisor had talked me into competing in the creed speaking event. While I pride myself in the awards I received through this contest, when I look back I realize that it was the fear and anxiety that truly made a difference in my life. I was a shy and quiet fourteen-year-old with not much experience in public speaking. When I became aware that I would have to say five whole paragraphs out loud in front of judges, fear instantly came over me. I was scared to do something so unknown to me. Yet when I won my first creed speaking event, that fear turned into confidence.

 

I tell people FFA has changed my life because it turned so many of my negative feelings into positive ones. It turned my uncomfort into ease and my worrying into faith.

 

That doesn’t mean I still don’t get anxious when I try new things. Right now I’m in the process of running for FFA state office, and I’ll be honest, I’m scared to death. The interviews and nominating committee processes will be something new for me, something that will test the limits of my abilities as a leader. At the same time, I’m also excited and confident. I know that when it’s all said and done, this experience will again give me confidence and skills that I didn’t have before, preparing me for future endeavors.  

 

I firmly believe that FFA is the cure to any shyness and anxiety. This organization is so unique in the way it equips students with premier leadership, personal growth, and career success, so much that they become confident and successful members of our world. If you don’t believe me, I urge you to try FFA for yourself and see just how much it can make a difference in your life.

 

Instead of Fear, Fret, and Anxiety, FFA for me now means Faith, Future, and Accomplishment.

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Livestocknation: Agriculture Leadership

Some of us are aware of the recent wildfires that have affected many farms in the United States. This has been a very tragic event, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for people throughout the United States.

 

One thing I’ve noticed is that even during challenging moments, farmers are there to support each other. Hundreds of semi-trucks helped in the relief effort by delivering many items that farmers were in dire need of, such as fencing, livestock feed, bales of hay, etc. This type of action shows that agriculture is not just about raising cows and using plows.

 

It’s about lending a hand to a fellow neighbor and doing what’s right. Being a part of agriculture means so much more than raising crops or plants. It’s about leadership.

 

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Meaning of FFA

For many people that are not involved with FFA, or agriculture in general; they think of FFA as broad topics. They think about what is being broadcasted in the media, though it is not always the truth. Before I joined the FFA, I mainly thought that agriculture was just farming. Now with being a part of the FFA, it is much more to me. Even though my main focus may be in horticulture, I now know more about Ag and FFA. It doesn’t matter if you are set on doing one thing in the FFA, you will find yourself learning all new things. Although FFA might not seem like the ideal thing for you, you may never know unless you try. It may change your life! In the eyes of some, they know absolutely nothing about FFA, while others only know what they hear or see. Although the news is informing people to a certain degree; most of it is biased, a twisted truth, a total lie, or only half of the whole facts. To the media, FFA is viewed as just farming, but it is much more than GMO’s, animals, and crops; it is leadership development, personal growth, and career success.

For a member of FFA, we take the meaning to be much more than what others would think. To all of the members, FFA is one large family. We may dislike each other at times, but in the end, we are always there for each other. As an FFA member, we experience moments that are unforgettable no matter the time or place. It does not matter if we are in the classroom, a short and quick field trip, a whole day with other members, or even a convention. Members of the FFA will always find ways to have fun and make these times memorable.

Within a school’s Ag department, there will always be those different groups of kids. The ones who have a strong hold in either productions or mechanics; and the ones that are involved in more than one aspect of the organization. There are never any two people alike within the FFA, everyone is unique in their own way. Everyone in FFA can find their own niche and what they are good at. It doesn’t matter if that may be what the are interested in, or the group of people they hang out with, or even the different CDEs they are involved in. Each member has their own story that travels way back and will last them a lifetime. While each member may be different in their own way, we are all brothers and sisters of the blue and gold.

 

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~Tabitha J. Dauberman

 

A Lesson on Success and Defeat

I know that most of us don’t like being defeated in any way in life, but sometimes that defeat is just what we need to grow. Now I know that it’s not easy to accept failure, but it’s just a part of life. If you never fail at something every once in a while you will never learn that failure is actually necessary. It is necessary to be able to find your purpose in life. I understand that this might not make any sense at the moment, but I’m sure that eventually, it will make sense to you. Failure is not something that is easy to accept. Even if you work really hard for something that you think you deserve, you’re going to have to lose at least once. It’s in those moments that you learn the most about yourself and your abilities.

Failure is not something that is easy to accept even if you work really hard for something that you think you deserve, you’re going to have to lose at least once. The reason is because it’s in those moments that you learn the most about yourself and your abilities.

I have to be completely honest with you. I don’t like a failure or defeat especially when it comes to following my dreams. To make this actually make sense, I’m going clear back to Colorado FFA State Convention and interviews for a Colorado FFA State Office last year. During that week I was looking forward to the possibility of serving the Colorado FFA Association and its members. Sadly that didn’t happen and that’s okay because I got the opportunity to learn from that feeling of defeat. Through this, I found my purpose in life. I figured out what I actually wanted to go to college for in the end. So if that doesn’t make you think that defeat is a part of your journey, then I don’t know what else I can tell you.

But success is the fun part of the journey even though it takes a whole lot more work. “Success isn’t built overnight and it isn’t measured in dollars. Success is something you develop over time and is measured by the people in your life you’ve impacted. Success should be something that makes you happy because, in the end, that happiness will make the success worth while. Obstacles can be a metaphorical mountain. Each mountain you climb gives you more experiences.Don’t stop the climb because the view is beautiful at the top I understand that mountains are hard to climb and overcome but you just have to keep pushing forward because if you don’t push yourself then you will end up in the valley even though sometimes we don’t really expect to see a beautiful view at the end of our mountain on the mountain top is where you truly find yourself because every single obstacle we face can either leave us in the valley or we can choose to keep pushing through our challenges and find ourselves in a beautiful spot on the mountain now I understand that every mountain isn’t always beautiful but you can make the mountain your on beautiful by accepting the challenge because running away from the obstacle can make you lose your direction and then you end up where you didn’t want to be”

“Your power isn’t always found in your strength it’s found in your weakness because your weakness are a part of your story and your weakness can be used to find your strength even in your weakest moments when you feel inadequate just remember this your weakness leads you to your strengths”.

Not everything is always easy and simple to overcome. Most of the time it takes time but it’s worth the fight, because without fighting the barriers that try and hold you back from reaching your full potential.  This may actually alter us from doing everything we could do. Sometimes it’s not the obstacles that hold us back, it’s our mindset. Our mindset sometimes tells us that when we have the fear of failure and rejection inside our head, we’re not going to get very far. We have to start small and build up to our true potential. Don’t stop believing in yourself just because someone doesn’t think you’re capable of achieving your goals and dreams. If you don’t thrive during the journey you will never know what lies ahead of you. During the journey and you have to find joy in the journey of your life and be who you want to be.

Don’t live your whole life inside the box of your comfort zone. Take a step out of the comfort zone and then you will find your purpose and calling in this life. We can’t just be extraordinary people. We have to choose to be our extra awesome, astounding, authentic selves. We can try just be ordinary and status quo or we can choose to respond to our calling and be authentic and humble. The choice is yours so who do you want to be? Just ordinary, or are you going to choose to be the leader you was born to be. You choose to be whichever one you want to be.  Do you want to be the kind of a leader that makes a difference? If so, don’t forget, to be honest and fair in the game of life, don’t let any fear hold you back from reaching your full potential.

If you let your fear hold you back from discovering your purpose, and then you will be living a life that is less than what you expected. The problem with that is that you let the fear of the unknown have control over your journey, and we can’t find joy in the journey of a life filled with fear and regret so step inside of the fire of your potential because life is not tried it merely survived if you’re standing outside the fire.” Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. When you are on top, it is important to stay humble. When you’re sad, it’s important to stay hopeful.

If you let your fear hold you back from discovering your purpose, and then you will be living a life that is less than what you expected. The problem with that is that you let the fear of the unknown have control over your journey, and we can’t find joy in the journey of a life filled with fear and regret so, step inside of the fire of your potential. Life is not tried, it is merely survived. If you’re standing outside the fire. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. When you are on top, it is important to stay humble. When you’re sad, it’s important to stay hopeful.

In the real world, it doesn’t matter who you are you are never entitled. Victory is a product of the fight. Know that what you are going through what every successful person has gone through in the history of all mankind, you may not understand. This struggle is a beautiful sign that you are in the midst of what separates great from average. The world sees struggle and hardships as a time to pack it all up and walk away, but let me tell you something you can’t make anything happen without moving Forward in the face of adversity.

We all have our bad days and our good days, but the things that test us are not meant to break us. They are meant to rebuild us. It can make us stronger than we were before. At the same time somethings are meant to test us, so that we can experience the joy of growing through the storms. We didn’t give up and from what others thought would break us. It is actually what we grew from, never underestimate the power of the impossible. Nothing is ever impossible unless you believe that it is impossible.

For you to accomplish, never lose hope in yourself and never be satisfied with defeat. Always work towards the thing that people think is impossible for you to accomplish, and leave an everlasting impact on somebody’s life.You never know who you could be inspiring. Never give up on yourself because every single obstacle we face can either leave us in the valley or we can work on climbing up the mountain.  It’s your choice you can make the mountain your own or you can live inside of your comfort zone. Believe me when I say that there is no true achievement found inside your comfort zone. Everything you will accomplish is either inside of the realm of your comfort zone or it’s way outside of your comfort zone. The further you step outside of your comfort zone the easier it gets to go through the storms of this life.

Hayleigh Smith
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The Power in numbers

How many members are in your FFA chapter? 500? 300? 50? 8? The number doesn’t matter, what matters is the influence that FFA has in each one of its members. You could have 1,000 members but how many are going to come to the meetings, compete in CDE’s. Not even mentioning how many would attend leadership conferences and grow as a leader.

 

In my chapter, we have 37 members. Compared to a lot of schools from my state we are a rather small chapter. While we might be small we have so many members that are passionate about agriculture and truly hold an inborn fondness. This past FFA week was our first FFA week we were able to hold for our school; since our new agriculture teacher. This year we have had the opportunity to hold a staff breakfast and the support from students and teachers was phenomenal. Almost every teacher had a button on that said: “I support FFA.” FFA week was a way for us to say “Hey, we might not have a lot of members, but are part of a national organization that makes a difference!”

 

I used my own chapter as an example to prove that there is power in numbers. Even if the numbers are small you can make a difference. My chapter is 37 members out of 649,355 FFA members nationally. The amazing thing about FFA is that we are all in different aspects, but we are all working towards the same goal. The number of bright young minds that are developing in classrooms everywhere; and will be advancing the agriculture industry.

 

The number of future agriculturalists is astonishing from current FFA and 4-H members alone. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of children who will be involved in agriculture when they get older. There are so many people involved in agriculture globally, that there is no reason for the millions of people around the world should go hungry. With the population that we have, we should be able to destroy world hunger. This achievement is in reach of us, every year we get one year closer to ending world hunger. With more and more people getting involved we are coming to a conclusion on this battle. Currently, the numbers are on our side. The National FFA organization has the power of numbers.

 

Lisandra Meija,

Everything Agriculture Editor & Writer

Fight for Provo Ag! (Why your school cannot end its FFA Chapter)

Provo, Utah is home to a great FFA Chapter. Provo FFA has been around for a while and is a successful chapter. Provo school has received a grant to build a new school! But, Provo Ag has received the news that”Agriculture is not that important to put money and time in”. Provo FFA’s president created a video a couple of days ago spreading this issue. I want Provo High school and any other high school thinking about ending agriculture education at their school why ending FFA is a horrible decision. At the bottom is how to help and directly below are 5 reasons a school cannot end FFA.

FFA educates students on agriculture

I’m sure that if you are reading this you probably already know that FFA is about agriculture education. Students enrolled in an agriculture class learn so much. Whether it be how to properly take care of the plant (Yes, there is too much water), or how to stay safe around animals. An ag class also teaches all the work that goes into agriculture products and all the regulations on products. Agriculture is also hands-on education, there are so many things a student will learn in the intro to ag class.

FFA prepares students for a career

Most people outside of FFA think that FFA is just about becoming a farmer. FFA changed its name to National FFA organization in 1988 for a reason, FFA is more than farming. FFA does encourage a career in agriculture, but FFA prepares students for any career. Agriculture curriculum makes SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) mandatory. A common SAE is raising animals (Ownership/Entrpenaership). The FFA website goes in depth on all the types of SAEs.

FFA also has CDEs (Career Development Events). CDEs prepare students in more than 25 different events. Some such as vet science prepare students on vet skills while others such as job interview or marketing plan teach skills that can go into almost any job. FFA has a list of all of the CDEs.

FFA is leadership and teamwork

FFA teaches and encourages leadership and team. There are so many opportunities in FFA is development leadership skills. Every SAE requires good leadership. A majority of CDEs require students to be on a team. Greenhand conference, Winter leadership, Summer camp, state convention, and so much more teaches students leadership and teamwork. FFA members also have the opportunity to run for chapter office and can climb the ladder to becoming a state or even a national officer. As an officer myself, I know that being an officer you’ll learn how to be a great leader, work as a team, and even have fun.

FFA is Fun!

There is nothing more fun than going to a conference to be able to meet new people and see old friends. Even in your chapter, there is so much fun that is always awaiting you. All the inside jokes and nicknames you will get that come and go, but you will never forget. Even as a greenhand freshman I have had so much fun in my chapter.

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In FFA everyone gets so close you feel like a family. The ag room is like a second home to me. My advisor is like a second mother. My fellow members are like brothers and sisters to me. Even as a freshman, I am never treated differently. We all respect each other and through thick and thin we are always there for each other.

Do you really want to end your FFA chapter? FFA is the only club that teaches you about an industry, employment skills, leadership, and is fun all in one.

For those in FFA, can you image losing all of this? Please email provoffa@gmail.com a letter about what FFA means to you and what FFA has done for you. It takes 15 minutes and it will save an FFA chapter. And check out the video below

 

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The Ag Teacher Shortage

If you are involved in an agriculture organization, whether it’s FFA or 4-H you’ve heard the biggest challenge we are facing; the agriculture teacher shortage. Programs are closing, chapters are shrinking and students aren’t getting involved in the most important industry to mankind. With a growing industry with such high demand, our industry needs more students to choose a path in agriculture. How can we do that if we don’t have enough teachers to encourage them and teach them about the industry? Let’s go back to the beginning; where it all started, the Smith-Hughes act.

 

1917. The year the Smith-Hughes act was passed. The purpose of the Smith-Hughes act was to promote vocational agriculture to train people who wanted to go into an agriculture related field. The act also provided federal funds for this purpose. Back in the early 1900’s agriculture was a big deal almost everyone grew up on a farm. So farming took precedence over education, mainly because most people would just end up back on the family farm. So to get more students an education they developed agriculture courses for males to attend. So the guys went to ag classes to learn to farm and girls went to home ec to learn how to cook and do other household items. Until 1969 that is. When girls could join FFA. Now more than 70% of leadership roles in the organization are filled by girls.

 

Jump forward to the present; to Ag classes today. Every Ag classroom across America is filled with bright minds that will eventually be the next CEO of a company, a politician focused on agriculture, a scientist that works on ways to prevent diseases for crops, or maybe even an Ag teacher. But who will inspire them, who will activate a passion, who will get them involved, who will guide them? The answer, Ag teachers. The sad part is not every student that has a passion for Ag, has the opportunity to learn from an Ag teacher. In 2015, 42 programs closed due to no Ag teacher or lack of funding. If each program had 10 students that would be 420 students who would not be able to learn about the industry that they love. That was 2015 alone, there has been many schools who have not had a program for years, some may have never had one. When you think of how many students go without having their full potential reached, it is heartbreaking.

 

In the year 2015 there were 1,028 open positions in agriculture education. And the number keeps growing. Many Ag teachers who have taught for years are going into retirement leaving their position unfilled. Nationwide 248 Ag teachers went into retirement, 619 left teaching altogether, 207 teachers are not licensed to teach agriculture. Those are just a few statistics on the matter.

 

But why would there be so many positions open? Wouldn’t so many people love to teach students about agriculture and continue their journey in FFA, but as an advisor? This is the mindset of a lot of students who go into agriculture education.  “A lot of former FFA members go into it thinking it will be fun and a continuation of their FFA career, then realize there’s more to it than that and they don’t stay for long; which creates a huge turnover. Teaching Ag is a high paced and stressful job and that is what turns a lot of people away from it. In order for a program to be successful a lot of work has to be done, it takes a great time commitment and little monetary compensation and most people aren’t willing to do that.Your heart really has to be in it, and the rewards that come from it are more enjoyable than any monetary compensation, just knowing you’ve made a difference for a least one kid.”- A very wise Ag teacher

 

The previous paragraph wasn’t to scare you, it was to inform that Ag Ed isn’t just about FFA there is a lot that goes on. Ag teachers never have the same day twice, each day they are faced with new challenges and obstacles.  If you are willing to devote your life to developing students for the real world, not just the agriculture industry, then Ag Ed might be for you. If you are willing to spend 99.9% of your time on your job working on papers and applications and tests, then Ag Ed might be for you. If you are willing to not make a lot of money, but instead help make a difference in a student’s life then Ag Ed might be for you. If you are willing to work for hours and hours and not get any praise, then Ag Ed might be for you. If you are dedicated to education and hold a passion for agriculture, then Ag Ed might be for you.

 

If you are considering going into agriculture education there are 99 colleges across America that offer Ag Ed. But first, do the research, talk to past and present Ag teachers, see if it’s really for you. We need strong and devoted young adults to hold a passion for teaching agriculture so we can help shrink the Ag teacher shortage and eventually have enough teachers to fill all the positions needed.

Lisandra Mejia

Everything Agriculture Writer & Editor

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Ag teacher shortage and the Teach Ag campaign follow this link to National Association of Agricultural Educators website:

http://www.naae.org/teachag/index.cfm

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So God Made Owls

When people outside of agriculture education think of the term owls they think of a nocturnal animal that feeds on insects and rodent. However, there is another way to think of owls. Owls are the symbol for wisdom and for some of the greatest teachers everywhere. If we didn’t have the great opportunity to be a part of your Ag classes and wear that blue corduroy jacket that has been in style since 1928. We definitely wouldn’t be where we are because of you, we can say that you changed our lives left us with the ability to change the world and you gave us the opportunity to learn from some of the best.

God made owls because he knew that he needed someone to teach the next generation about the land and the food that this industry provides; so God made owls.

God made owls because he knew that he needed someone to be there for those people who go through hard times especially when it comes to their students.  He knew that everyone in this world goes through hard times and he made owls to help us endure through the storms of this life; so God made owls.

God needed somebody to teach us how to use our hands to make a difference in the world. He needed someone to help us get our hands dirty. Someone who will teach us not only how to get dirty, but how to work efficiently and think clearly with such knowledge and skill as we can secure; so God made owls.

God made owls because he needed someone to be a mentor and an inspiration to help us find motivation to go for everything we ever dreamed of.  To influence us to never underestimate the power of the impossible, because nothing is ever impossible unless you believe that it is impossible for you to accomplish.

So God made you owls because he knew that everyone has a purpose. When God gives you a purpose in life you discover that your career for something more than income. You chose to be an owl because you knew that you would not only enjoy it because of the moments where you were successful but because you believe in us..

So God made owls because he knew that we needed someone that we can talk about anything.  Besides FFA, CDES, SAES, livestock, applications, scholarships and state convention; we can talk with them about life. We can talk to them about the current situations and problems we are facing, even it’s personal. We can always talk to them about it no matter what.

So God made owls, not only to inspire but to motivate us. He made them to push us to actually fully believe in ourselves, even if we tried something. Let’s just say that this certain obstacle was a dream that you have. You’ve had this dream since you were a freshman, and that dream didn’t come true like you had hoped for. Your owl then tells you that this leads to more experiences. Owls give the advice to make us feel better, so God made owls.

Owls are a rare gift from God. They put others before themselves. Owls don’t use their gifts for themselves, rather they use them to serve others. In a way that is pleasing to the Lord and they share the love in their service.  “Dreams don’t always come true in a matter of chance. It takes a whole lot of guts, determination, hard work, passion, commitment, and above all a love for what you do. It’s not going to stop you all it is  a try.”

Hayleigh Smith

Everything Agriculture Writer

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