Thoughts I Never Had About FFA

We all have those things that we once had no clue about, but are now obsessed with. For some this may be a tv show or sport, for others, on the other hand, it can be a life changing organization. For me, it was The National FFA Organization. Through my time in the organization, there have been times I realized that the stuff I worried about and thought about now, I didn’t years ago. So here are a few things that I never thought about before joining.

1.The impact of FFA


Before eighth grade, I had no clue that this amazing organization even existed! Let alone what it meant, or what it would mean to me in the future. All I knew at that point is that my ag teacher was scary and that I didn’t understand how anything he was saying correlated to the class. Soon enough I figured it out after he sent me to my first camp competition two weeks later. I realized that this organization was more than farming it was going to change my life!


2. How many friends I would make


I swear I had fifteen contacts, and ten friends on snap chats before I joined FFA. Let’s just say now I have 98 contacts and 42 snap chats. Some are creed speakers I competed against, kids I have seen three days out of every year for the past four years, the BIG team we saw at EVERY competition, or maybe it’s was just that one person who thought I looked familiar! Either way, I somehow found super smart friends for life! FFA members are just so friendly you could go to any event and probably make 5 new friends.


3. How crazy I would feel


I have never walked around my kitchen counter in high heels for two hours saying the same paragraph. I have never stood in my living room and flipped pieces of paper sitting on barstools acting like it’s a judge asking me a question. Those are lies. CDE practices and rituals make us feel insane. Especially repeating the same 5 paragraphs over and over… and over. I never realized what extent I would go to for studying a subject for a competition until this organization

4.How much of a fangirl I could be


A throwback to my freshman year; we had 2 state officers come to my school. When they arrived I fan girl so hard that I asked them for their autographs on a piece of binder paper. Fun fact that paper still hangs on my wall three years later. I also became a complete stalker for two days because they came to my volleyball game and I went to basically every breakfast, lunch, and dinner with them! I was way out of hand on the fan girl radar! I still go crazy every time they are around.

5.How irritating nylons are


GIRLS!! I feel like we all have problems with nylons! There isn’t a single shade that doesn’t make you look like a porcelain doll and if you are a bigger girl like me you have multiple layers! They are the most uncomfortable and hardest things we ever have to put on! Don’t even get me started on the shoes either. Most FFA girls wear heels and I’m gonna give a warning to guys and say “If you’re ever around any girls do not say how much your feet hurt.” That’s a good way to get evil eyed and yelled at.

I’ve had the greatest time of my life in this organization and I hate that soon for me it will end. To all of you that are just starting your wonderful journey in this organization, take the time to realize how you grow and change. Realize that the things you used to think about aren’t always still what you think about.

 

-Haleigh Meeks

Everything Agriculture Writer

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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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Ag Teacher Appreciation Post

“Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven-adult throughout the 50 states and three U. S. territories.”- National FFA Website

This week has been National Teacher Appreciate week. All teachers across the world deserve to feel they are appreciated and needed to their students. Teachers are a necessity to the success of a nation. They embed the knowledge and wisdom they have accumulated over the years into their students. The teachers that affect the agriculture industry the most are the agriculture educators. As FFA students we see first hand the life of an Ag teacher. So some of the members of Everything Agriculture would like to pay tribute to the teachers who changed out lives forever.

Lexi

lisa


To learn more about ag teachers, and to check out the amazing logo on the cover of this article check out http://www.naae.org/teachag/index.cfm.