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I AM IOWA FFA chronicles the achievements and passions of current and former FFA members.

Check out what some of our members are up to:

 

Addie Fenner, Grinnell FFA, Senior

I got involved in FFA to be a part of a great organization, and to be able to discover myself as a person. Being a part of agriculture my whole life, I knew that I wanted to be a member of FFA. Having older cousins that always talked about FFA and all the great leadership activities they did, I knew that FFA would be the organization for me.

I think my biggest achievement in FFA thus far would be serving as an officer my junior and senior  year. Some of my proudest moments take place at the county and state fairs, walking out of the classes on top shows that all my hard work paid off.

Agricultural education is important to me because we need to know how to be able to feed nine billion people globally.; without livestock and crops we wouldn't be able to feed anyone. Also, agricultural education teaches many other life skills such as communication and leadership within the community.

FFA Activities: Livestock Judging CDE, Fruit Sales, County Fair Clean Up, National FFA Convention and Expo, Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference, Cattle Shows, Ag Day, National FFA Week, Kids Against Hunger

 

Dana Edleman, Ballard FFA, Sophomore

I am in FFA because I am passionate to learn and experience agriculture. I love that I can experience production agriculture, money management, and record keeping through my SAE livestock projects. I can learn about current trends and emerging issues through my involvement in career development events such as Prepared Public Speaking, Marketing Plan, and Floriculture.

 

 

I have explored my interests in marketing by researching, writing, and presenting a business plan for an agribusiness. I can develop and use my communication skills by participating in a variety of conferences and conventions with people who share my interests.

 

  

As part of FFA, I’ve enthusiastically pursued my hobby of photography and entered photos in the Iowa State Fair FFA photography competition. In my view, the most fulfilling part of FFA is that we are all part of the picture, no matter what we choose to take part in.

 

I was inspired at the 2015 National FFA Convention as I watched the exciting announcement of the new national officer team. Later, having the chance to meet and talk with Taylor McNeel and Nick Baker on a visit to Iowa was a definite highlight for me. National FFA Convention brought my whole FFA experience together, as seeing over 65,000 blue jackets in one place at one time was amazing.

  

 

FFA Activities: Swine SAE, Sheep SAE, Chapter Officer, Creed Speaker, Marketing Plan CDE, Prepared Public Speaking CDE, Floriculture CDE, Greenhand Fire-Up, COLT

 

 

Lauren Mosher, Grundy Center FFA, Senior

 

I didn't realize what FFA truly was until I served on the district nominating committee in February of my freshman year. I was excited to be in the chapter, but I hadn't worked with anyone above that level. Sitting on the nominating committee with the state president made me realize that I had a lot of fantastic opportunities down the road for me through the organization, and trust me, I have taken hold of every one of them. I have been able to work in six different SAE areas; each of them have given me more of an idea of what the agricultural industry has to offer.

 

Currently, I am serving as my chapter president and was elected to serve as the North Central district reporter. This has allowed me to grow as an individual by working with others and helping expand their knowledge in the field of agriculture. I also competed in Prepared Public Speaking and will have the opportunity of a lifetime sharing my story and speech at the National FFA Convention and Expo.

 

The people I have met along the way have become some of my best friends, and I can say that I have friends in all four corners of our great state. It's the people we interact with now that will make a difference later in our lives.

 

Agricultural education is important to me because the students who go through an ag classroom in high school will be the next generation of agriculturalists. We need these students to succeed because we will be dependent on them in the future. Agricultural education allows students to be involved in the classroom, in supervised agricultural experiences and grow their potential through FFA.

 

FFA Activities: North Central district reporter, chapter president, chapter treasurer, chapter reporter, Creed Speaking CDE, Ag Broadcasting CDE, Prepared Public Speaking CDE, Beef Entrepreneurship SAE, Sheep Placement SAE, Forage Crops SAE, Grain SAE, COLT

 

 

 The Iowa FFA Foundation

is a 501 (c)(3) organization that

cultivates partnerships supporting

agricultural education.


501(c)(3) Number: 42-1305468

 

  Iowa FFA Foundation

1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway

Ankeny, IA 50023

info@iowaffafoundation.org

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