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I AM FFA chronicles the achievements and passions of current and former FFA members. Check out what some of our members are up to:


Rebecca Martin, DeWitt Central FFA, Senior

I grew up watching my older sister show sheep in FFA and participating in chapter activities. When I was eligible to enroll in FFA I took the chance by putting myself out there and exploring the experiences FFA had to offer. By doing so I chose to show horses, cattle, poultry and sheep, which were all a part of my SAE in Diversified Animal Production. I learned there is so much more to FFA than livestock and farming; I benefited from the leadership opportunities and was rewarded by helping others attempt to reach their full potential.


The most rewarding experience I have had through FFA was walking across the stage at the 2016 State Leadership Conference to be awarded second place in the state with my SAE in Diversified Animal Production. I also enjoyed meeting people from around the United States at National Convention and being able to experience Washington Leadership Conference.


FFA Activities: Chapter Assistant President, Chapter Secretary, Rake and Run, Washington Leadership Conference, Greenhand Banquet, Ag Safety Day, 212 and 360 Conferences, Chapter Display CDE, Chapter Website CDE, Ag Sales Team CDE, Meals from the Heartland, State Convention, National Convention



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




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



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