The One Experience I Never Expected

November 28, 2016, was a day that opened I path I never expected to be

opened. That day was the day I started school at Clark County Jr/SR High School. Clark

County is a very small rural school and as I entered the school and started to get settled

I realized that something was missing.

Clark County High School’s Agricultural program was slowly going down the

train when I transferred. In an effort to help out the school and the students that loved

the Ag Classes so much. I started to notice how much I missed the FFA as I had a chance

to travel with my previous chapter to the Western National Roundup to judge livestock.

After returning back from Denver I decide it was time to take action so I

approached the Ag instructor MR. Lantis and ask if I may head up an FFA chapter. From

that point on the ball was rolling to start up the FFA at Clark County. After a few hard

weeks of teaching the students, recruiting members and gaining community support it

was time to launch the FFA chapter in Clark County.

February 15, 2017, we hosted an FFA Opening Banquet and Auction. The

the community showed up in full force with over $2800 from our auction and donations.

We will soon be receiving our chapter charter at State Leadership Conference in Twin

Falls Idaho.

The point behind this blog isn’t to brag but more to encourage you to look for

opportunities to grow. Grow your chapter; grow you Agriculture Education program,

we all can do it the question is will we put in the effort to make that change? Dust

settles we as Agriculturalists don’t keep growing and achieving your goals.

Idaho RAIB REP: Randy Clements

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An Old Hat

In FFA and 4-H I have made so many great memories that I can’t even count them. Some

of those memories I can look at a picture, pin, or degree. Other people can look at a picture or

pin and can understand or even have that feeling themselves. I remember at my first state

convention we were taking pictures with our chapters and all the seniors wanted a senior picture.

I took a picture and put it up on my snapchat with the caption “I love all of these seniors” with

blue and gold hearts. When others see that they think about their last year in FFA and the good

times at state.

There are things that only a couple other people can relate to and have memories of.

Sometimes these can be gifts. I remember before I moved out of California, at my last show

season at the Alameda County Fair by friend got me a gift. It was a foam sword that he bought

from a vendor, that sword reminds me of him and the great times we had together. And I’m sure

he is reminded the same.

But then, there are things I have that only I know the memories hidden within. There is

one thing that I own that I love so much. I have an old have with cake stains on it. And after a

not so great day I take that hat off the top of my head and turn it around and look at the cake

stains that are haven’t be worn off. What is that great memory?

Well, the officer team got together and we agreed that we sound throw our advisor a

birthday party. And we couldn’t just have any regular birth party, we had to throw the greatest

birthday party ever! So we put together great food, great games, and a pinata! The Friday before

her birthday she had a meeting and had to leave the ag room so we decorated it and waited to

surprise. That party was an amazing memory. I know what you are thinking what about the cake

on your hat? We had gotten a cake and we had a food fight. And I hadn’t gotten any cake on me

until I heard our chapter president, Emma, say “Randy doesn’t have any cake on him”. I had

turned around to get cake and none other than Cassie is right there and get get covered in cake.

To most it is just an ol’ hat, but to me it is one of the best FFA memories I have. This one

is going out to anyone that can relate and have an odd item representing a great memory.

Officer Sifting

Anyone who has been an FFA officer has come to the understanding that at times, it can

be very stressful. Like two weeks ago it was a typical officer week with everything going on. My

chapter is the Rigby FFA Chapter and it was banquet week. And with banquet week we know

that officer sifting is coming. Ah, the day everyone dreads, officer sifting. The day where you put

yourself and your ideas on the line in front of a nominating committee that will decide if you are

good enough to lead your chapter/district/region/state. That week I was not only running for a

chapter office but also a district office. I was terrified and stressing out too much about both

interviews that I was having to go through. So, my first task was district office. I had worked for

about three hours’ total on my application and felt that I had filled it out to the best of my ability.

I had printed it off and got all the signatures that I needed and all that was left was to turn it in at

the sifting. So, the day went by and the time had finally come. We had left the school and was

headed for Madison which was the location where the sifting was going to take place. There was

a total of three people who were applying from my chapter and little did I know that two of the

three were going to be elected. So, we had arrived at Madison and had turned in our application

and drew our numbers for the sifting order. I had drawn number five and I was very nervous. So,

I paced in the hallway waiting for the lady to come and get me for my interview and I’m pretty

sure I looked crazy to all the other candidates. After pacing back and forth for a couple of

minutes the lady had come out to get me for my interview. I had walked into the room

remembering a quote that my advisor had told me. He said “Turn that nervousness to fuel. Fill up

your tank, and drive yourself to success.” I had finished my Interview in about 10 minutes and

felt good about it. I was nervous about some questions, but overall everything seemed good.

After 40 minutes, later the nominating committee had come out and the president started to

announce the new team. We had gotten some good people but my own name still didn’t get

called and we were already to the secretary. Next, it was the co-vice president and they had

named off the Rigby Chapter but not the name. After that, they called out my friend’s name

Alesha. I was so happy for her because she so deserved the spot. After that moment though, my

heart had sunk because I knew that I wasn’t going to get chosen. They called the other co-vice

president and it wasn’t my name. So, at this point, I got really excited cause there was still that

bit of hope inside of me that I could get the president. So, with all the anticipation going they had

called out the president and the Rigby chapter and they called my name. I walked up there all smiles

and was so excited to serve our district. I knew that all my hard work had paid off and it was

going to be a good year. I am now serving as the new 2017-2018 North Upper Snake River

District President and cannot wait for the journey ahead of me.

-Tony

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AGvocating Correctly

From city to rural, agriculture is everywhere.  Living

in a highly populated such as Orlando, Fl you would think the AG programs

would be non-existent if not weak. In fact, the high school I currently go to

has a striving AG program with 4 AG teachers teaching: Veterinary Assisting

1-4, Agricultural communications, Agriscience, Agriculture leadership, and

management. All of them lead up to a certification! We also have a farm that

holds a variety of livestock such as steer, sheep, pigs and chickens. One

struggle that we face is there is only a few students out there who are

interested in getting their hands dirty. Most of them are uneducated when it

comes to the AG industry. If you have ever shown a market animal you know

the struggle. I have received text messages from people saying “Why do you

build a bond with an animal that you’re going to eventually process” in that

situation you just have to take the high road because chances are they have

already made up their mind. But then you may say to yourself “I’m not going

to just let them think that AG is bad!” What you can do is tell them if they

are concerned they can visit your land lab/farm! Animal rights activists want

you to change your perspective on things. By keeping it professional you are

representing the AG industry in a positive manner. People are less likely to

take you seriously if you are disrespectful

When AGvocating….

DO:

  • 1. Be professional
  • 2. Acknowledge their perspective
  • 3. Offer them to visit your farm
  • 4. Post positively about AG
  • 5. Be unbiased

DON'T: 

  • 1. Be disrespectful
  • 2. Say things that are not accurate
  • 3. Make the conversation into an
  • argument
  • 4. Use profanity
  • 5. Be biased
  • 6. Bash the other side

Leah, Florida

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