I was struck not only by the number of my friends who were involved in FFA (not surprising given where I went to school, my major in college, my current job), but the variety of things we are doing now. Some are home on the farm raising food and fiber to feed and clothe America. Some are in big cities, one even has her own law office on Wall Street. Some are in small towns teaching elementary school, working in industry, protecting the community. And some have chosen to carry on the FFA tradition by becoming ag teachers themselves.
These stories prove that FFA didn't just prepare us for our futures in agriculture, but for our futures, period.
To celebrate that, I wanted to share some of my favorite FFA moments.
|Stock shows with the family.|
|County fairs with the family.|
|State Fair with friends.|
|This was us in college, but I met some of my best friends in FFA.|
|Winning State FFA Livestock Judging|
|Winning State Star Farmer|
|Winning a class at Roswell with Walter.|
|Sorting ewes for breeding.|
|Winning Grand and Reserve at the County Fair|
|Winning High Individual in Reasons & Reserve National Champions at National FFA Dairy|
|National FFA Livestock, complete with food poisoning experience.|
|Little Brother winning the pig show at the County Fair.|
|Reserve National Champions in Poultry|
|"Crunch time" at the barn.|
|Little Brother winning the sheep show.|
|Dad's lucky shirt.|
|State Fair sheep show day.|
|Winning County Fair 3rd time in a row|
|Roswell pig show with Mr. Franklin|
|Winning Champion Cross NMSF|
|Winning a class with a lamb we raised.|
|Feeding time at State Fair.|
And lastly, I will share what I previously shared on Facebook. If The Baby from Texas turns out to be a boy, his middle name will honor my own FFA advisor, Mr. Franklin, who was so much more than a teacher to so many of us.
Happy FFA Week to all!