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Blue & Gold 

News from the National FFA Center: Find out how you can 
experience the 2005 National FFA Convention from your couch. 

National Officer Q&A 

FFA Southern Region Vice President Rachael McCall defines leadership, 
gives advice about career development events and more. 

FFA Faces 

Meet achieving FFA members from around the U.S. See how you 
can nominate yourself or another member and win a backpack. 

FFA Talk 

Your letters and your replies to our "big" question: 

What is the most rewarding part of being an FFA member? 

Expedition Nutrition 

Alex Gleason spent two months of his summer bicycling across 
the U.S. to raise awareness of nutrition and healthy living. 

The Right Attitude 

Jonathon Goff's learning disability is the spark that has helped him 
succeed in his business and his efforts to help others with disabilities. 

Convention Insider 

A look ahead to the 78th National FFA Convention, which gets 
underway on October 26 in Louisville, Ky., and which is likely to 
draw more than 50,000 guests. 

On Stage 

A preview of the 2005 National FFA Convention concert series, featur- 
ing SHeDAISY, Craig Morgan, Clay Walker and Miranda Lambert. 

Startup Cash 

Through a USDA loan program, FFA members can get cash to help 
launch their supervised agriculture experience programs. 

A Tall Order 

Michigan's Springport FFA Chapter is working to raise awareness 
of the emerald ash borer, a pest that threatens millions of trees. 

Careers: Ag Mechanics 

Explore your career options and find out how former FFA member 
Andy Ettestad became an agricultural mechanic. 

What's Hot 

See how your tastes compare with the FFA members from across 
the country who voted in last issue's survey. 

Ups and Downs 

Kaytie Hull, a member of the Oklahoma's Beggs FFA Chapter, learns 
life lessons from showing pigs. 

Fishing for Success 

Mississippi's Purvis FFA Chapter gets a boost from its innovative 
fundraising project involving man-made fish habitats. 

Last Laff 

You won't find better agriculture jokes anywhere. Plus, the Agrinuts 
make their convention travel plans. Grab a pencil for the Puzzler. 

FFA Across the USA 

See what's happening in FFA chapters across the nation, and find 
out how you can get your chapter recognized in the magazine. 

On the Cover: Alex Gleason stops for a lunch break, interview and 
photograph on a hot, windy day of riding. Photo by Chris Machian. 

Hanew horizons 

Volume 53-Number 1 



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Design Director 

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Production Manager 

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Research Director 

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Contributing Writers 

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Blue & Gold 

News from the National FFA Center 

On the air! 

Experience the 2005 National FFA Convention 
Live on RFD-TV, Oct. 26-29 

Don't miss RFD-TV's second 
annual live broadcast of the 
national FFA convention in Lou- 
isville, Ky. RFD-TV will be there 
to capture all the excitement as more 
than 50,000 FFA members, advisors 
and guests pack Freedom Hall at the 
Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. 
The show kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 
26, with an array of speakers, exciting 
awards and convention pageantry. 

The theme of this year's conven- 
tion, "Living to Serve," couldn't be 
more fitting. FFA members are serving 
their communities and country, just 
like the producers who grow the corn 


and soybeans and raise the livestock 
that keep America going. The national 
convention is an opportunity to rec- 
ognize these young people for their 
continued service and to motivate 
them to continue to live to serve. 

The national FFA convention spot- 
lights students' achievements in the 
areas of leadership, citizenship and 
career success through agricultural 
science education. Thousands of FFA 
members will be recognized during 
the convention with awards and de- 

grees. Each session will feature these 
students receiving their awards live 
on-stage. The excitement radiating 
through Freedom Hall during these 
award sessions is something that you 
won't want to miss. 

You will experience four days of 
FFA excitement, pride and entertain- 
ment that will be broadcast live into 
your living room. If you cannot join 
the thousands of FFA members and 
guests in Freedom Hall, we invite you 
to watch from your home beginning 
Wednesday, Oct. 26, to enjoy all the 
enthusiasm that the convention will 
bring. See how FFA members are 
"Living to Serve." You will enjoy the 
pageantry and action and be inspired 
by their accomplishments. 

Check with your local cable 
provider to see if you receive RFD-TV; 
the network can be found on Dish 
Network channel 9409 and Direct TV 
channel 379. • 




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hardware, from equine supplies 
to lawn and garden. Plus a 
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friendly advice you need to 
support that rural lifestyle. 


National Officer Q&A 

Meet National FFA Southern Region Vice President Rachael McCall 

A native of Rochelle, Georgia, 
20-year-old Rachael is a Wilcox 
County FFA Chapter member and 
University of Georgia sophomore. 

Rachael's 5 secrets 
of success 

1 . Believe in yourself and in your ability. 
If you don't believe in yourself, then who 

2. Show appreciation and remember 
those who helped you get where you are. 

3. Never give up on your goal. Be 
persistent and determined. Anything 
worth having is worth relentless effort. 

4. Work hard and utilize every resource. 
Success comes from realizing the impor- 
tance of putting in the time and effort 
toward improvement. 

5. Seek advice and support. We learn 
best from experience and those who have 
experienced what we are going through. 

What can you tell us about the 2005 
National FFA Convention? 

We will be celebrating the 40th an- 
niversary of FFA and NFA merger 

and the 75th anniversary of our FFA 
Creed. I can't wait for all of the cool 
experiences, uplifting messages and 
celebration of accomplishments. Our 
team hopes that FFA members will 
fully immerse themselves in the spirit 
of our theme "Living to Serve." 

What's the key to successful involve- 
ment in career development events? 

Practice, Passion, and Perseverance! 
Pick a career development event 
(CDE) in an area you like, then prac- 
tice will not seem so bad if you are 
enjoying what you are doing, plus 
you will naturally want to learn more. 
This will better prepare you for the 
event. You also must possess a desire 
to never give up. It took three years 
for me to finally be successful in the 
job interview CDE. 

What kinds of opportunities are there 
for FFA members in college? 

At our collegiate FFA chapter at the 



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hardware, from equine supplies 
to lawn and garden. Plus all 
the other products, tools and 
friendly advice you need to 
support that rural lifestyle. 


University of Georgia, we attend state 
and national FFA conventions and 
host other events for FFA members. 
Collegiate FFA is a great way to ease 
out of the active role of being an FFA 
member while still enjoying the fel- 
lowship of other FFA members. 

Your goals for the rest of the year? 

Once my year of service has come 
to an end, my focus will take an im- 
mediate shift to getting everything 
squared away back at college — room- 
ing, scholarships, enrollment and 
classes! I hope to land an internship at 
USA Today as well. But my attention 
now is on doing everything possible 
to have an awesome national FFA 
convention for our members. 

Why should members take advantage 
of the FFA scholarship program? 

Scholarships rock! They lessen the 
burden of wondering how you are 
going to pay for your education. You 

could receive a scholarship of up to 
four thousand dollars, so it's just a 
great benefit of FFA membership. 

Define premier leadership. 

It comes from experience and pas- 
sion. A premier leader is armed with 
a background of how to handle situ- 
ations and build others up. He knows 
when to lead and when to follow. A 
true leader is passionate about his 
members. He truly cares about the 
success of those he is leading. Premier 
leadership can be summed up in just 
one word — selflessness. 

During your travels, have there 
been any interesting conversations 
sparked by your FFA jacket? 

I talked to a person in Indiana who 
was familiar with FFA. I hadn't 
mentioned I was a national officer. 
He asked where I was from. I said 
Georgia. He then looked at the back 
of my jacket and asked, "Did you 

FFA timeline 

J chapter Star Greenhand 

• high individual state junior dairy evaluation CDE 

• chapter chaplain 

15 • second place state dairy evaluation CDE 

• Made for Excellence conference 

• chapter treasurer 

16 ^chapter degree 

• chapter Star Farmer 

• lost bid for area officer role 

• chapter president 

. Washington Leadership Conference 

• state vice president 

• national silver emblem for dairy 
production (entrepreneurship) proficiency 
.chapter vice president 

18 . won state job interview CDE 

• enrolled at University of Georgia 

19 •American degree 

• Southern region national vice president 

just move? Are you waiting for 
stitching?" I explained why there is 
no lettering on national officer jack- 
ets, then our discussion led to how 
empowered he felt when he sported 
his chapter and state names on the 
back of his jacket. • 




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At TSC, you'll find everything from 
animal feed to barn door hardware, 
from equine supplies to lawn and 
garden. Plus all the other products 
tools and friendly advice you need 
to support that rural lifestyle. 


FFA Faces 

Members making a difference 

Win a Chevrolet 

Chevrolet, the sponsor 
of FFA Faces, will award 
FFA members featured 
here a heavy-duty 
backpack. Nominate 
yourself or a fellow FFA 
member by sending us 
a letter with the follow- 
ing details about the 
nominee: name, grade, 
address, phone number, 
e-mail address, FFA 
and academic achieve- 
ments and extracurricular 
activities. To be consid- 
ered, submissions MUST 
include a color photo. 
Send to: FFA Faces, FFA 
New Horizons, P.O. Box 
68960, Indianapolis, 
IN 46268. Or e-mail to: 


With several Harleton FFA 
Chapter honors already under 
her belt, including chapter vice 
president and Star Greenhand, 
Kristi is always looking for an- 
other challenge. She has a beef 
and goat supervised agricul- 
tural experience (SAE) program 
and competes in horse, land 
and livestock judging teams. 
As president of her high school 
rodeo team, Kristi participates 
in barrel racing, goat tying and 
breakaway and ribbon roping. 

As a senior and Central 
FFA Chapter member, B.J. 
has the experience to lead. 
Since seventh grade, he has 
been very active in such FFA 
competitions as tractor driv- 
ing, land judging, forestry and 
farm judging. He has served 
as FFA chapter sentinel, vice 
president and is now serving 
his second year as president 
He also serves as sub-district 
chairman. B.J. farms 550 
acres with his father. 


Chelsey, a member of the 
Andersonville FFA Chapter, has 
fond memories of Louisville, 
Ky. Last October, she was 
a silver medalist in the Na- 
tional FFA Proficiency Awards 
program in beef production 
(entrepreneurship). Then, the 
next month, the American 
Angus Association crowned 
her the 2005 Miss American 
Angus Queen during the 
North American International 
Livestock Exposition. 


This Chino Valley FFA Chapter 
member and high school se- 
nior has dominated FFA public 
speaking events in her four 
years of FFA. In extemporane- 
ous speaking, she's placed 
first in district and state. In 
prepared public speaking, 
she's placed first in district 
and second at state. She's 
also been a member of the 
second place state parliamen- 
tary procedure team in each of 
the last two years. 


In January, this Centre FFA 
Chapter member was named 
Premier Swine Exhibitor at 
the National Western Junior 
Market Swine Show in Denver, 
Colo. Aaron qualified by having 
a class-winning hog during 
the market show. Twenty-eight 
exhibitors from 16 states 
competed for the title. Aaron 
attends Hutchinson Com- 
munity College, where he's 
a member of the livestock 
judging team. 


Now a sophomore member 
of the Kansas FFA Chapter, 
Stasha recently earned a 
grand champion award at the 
Oklahoma Youth Expo with 
her market meat goat. She's 
active in FFA public speaking 
events, is a member of the 
chapter livestock judging 
team and is quickly emerging 
as a leader in the chapter. 
She's developing an SAE 
program with market and 
show wethers. 

A fourth-year member of the 
Agricultural and Food Sciences 
Academy FFA Chapter in the 
Twin Cities, Ksana uses her 
leadership abilities to help 
freshman FFA members get 
the most out of their experi- 
ences. As a chapter officer, 
she also strives to keep all 
FFA members enthused and 
focused. She placed second 
at the 2003 National FFA Agri- 
science Fair and has earned 
the Minnesota FFA Degree. 

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school? Or maybe there's a sign that says "FFA" on the highway just outside 
of town. Wherever is happens to be, we want to see it. Snap a photo and 
send it to us at the address at the bottom of this page. We'll feature one 
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The Deer FFA Chapter in Deer, Ark., recently constructed a welcome 
sign and placed it at the school campus entrance. Juniors and se- 
niors in ag mechanics and ag metals classes led the project. The FFA 
members are very proud of their accomplishment and are proud to 
welcome all visitors to their town. 
Submitted by Jay Parker, Deer FFA Chapter advisor 


I am the newly elected president for the James Madison FFA Chapter in San 
Antonio, Texas. I have to say that FFA New Horizons magazine is a great resource 
of information as well as laughs. My favorite part is "Last Laff." But I also find it 
fascinating when I find out that other chapters all over the country are holding 
events similar to, or the same as, the events we have. I love this organization 
and to receive a magazine that talks about it makes it even better. 

Katherine Wohl, San Antonio, Texas 




Here are your responses to our current 
question: What's the most rewarding 
part of being an FFA member? 

I think the most rewarding part of 
the FFA is going to chapter activi- 
ties or state convention. I would 
like to say FFA is one of my top 

Lauren Wilson, Tremonton, Utah 

Being an active FFA member has its 
rewards. For instance, we are able to 

make new friends when attending 
activities, we learn responsibility and 
leadership skills and, if we allow it, 
we are taken out of our comfort zones 
and pushed into new and exciting 

Charity Moore, Hartville, Missouri 

So, what's the most rewarding part 
of being an FFA member for you? 
Send your responses to the address 
below. • 

Address all correspondence to: 

FFA New Horizons P.O. Box 68960 

Indianapolis. IN 46268-0960 

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It's a late July afternoon on the Iowa 
side of the Missouri River valley. 
There's nothing but cornfields, 
soybean fields, rural highways 
and an occasional farmstead. The 
bluffs that line the Nebraska side of 
the river are visible a few miles to 
the west. With temperatures hover- 
ing in the mid-90s and the humidity 
percentage about the same, even the 
strong southerly winds don't do much 
to keep sweat from covering your 
body, even if you're sitting completely 
still under a nice shade tree. 

So you can only imagine what it 
must feel like to pedal a bicycle on 
an asphalt county road in the blaz- 
ing sun, heading straight into those 
heater-like southerly winds. And, oh 
yeah, your bike is pulling a trailer 
loaded with enough gear for you sur- 
vive for two months, and you didn't 
get much sleep the night before be- 
cause you slept outside in a tent and 
it rained — a lot. 

That was the situation for Alex 
Gleason, when I met him midway 
through his cross-country 
bicycle trek that had begun 
a month earlier in Olympia, 
Wash., and would end a 
month later on the coast of 
South Carolina, his home 

After a few cell phone calls 
between us that morning to 
discuss a meeting place, I met 
Alex on a lonely county high- 
way a mile north of the town of 
Modale, a town so small that its 
school has been converted to an 
antiques shop. Riding with him 
that day were two Iowa FFA 
members — Matt Dolch and Emily 
Schoff — who drove a couple of hours 
to meet Alex that morning. 

The stiff winds had made prog- 
ress difficult that morning, so they 
hadn't covered much ground since 
joining Alex, maybe 10 miles. They 
were ready for a break, so Matt and 
Emily hid their bikes in a ditch and 
we loaded Alex's bike and equipment 
in the back of my minivan. Then we 
headed off for lunch in the nearby 
town of Missouri Valley. 

Alex noticed a Subway shop, so 
we stopped. "I love the whole wheat 
footlong turkey sandwich," Alex says. 

Alex met many 

FFA members and advisors 

along the way. Among them, 

members Matt Dolch and Emily 

Schoff, who rode for part of a day. 

It's not so much the flavor that Alex 
seems to be interested in, so much 
as the ingredients. And that's what 
brings us to the purpose of Alex's 
trek, which he named "Expedition 


As a nation, Alex says, "We're un- 
healthy. Look at us, we're overweight, 
in some cases we're obese, we don't 
monitor what we eat and we don't 

exercise. And I began thinking, what 
can I do, as young as I am, to maybe 
make some kind of difference or some 
kind of effort to change or to bring 
attention to it." 

So, more than a year ago, Alex 
started working with his state FFA 
advisor, whom he knew well from his 
year as a state officer, on a plan for the 
ride. Now it was happening, and Alex 
appeared to be holding up incredibly 
well for someone who had been rid- 
ing 90 miles every day for a month. 
In addition to that, he'd been work- 
ing hard at getting his message out 
by doing interviews with TV, radio, 
newspaper and magazine reporters 
along the way. 

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Alex also spoke to many individu- 
als, groups and even rode 80 miles 
alongside Roger Johnson, a former 
FFA member who now serves as 
North Dakota's agriculture commis- 

That created a buzz in the local 
media and Alex's message received a 
lot of coverage. But Alex was just as 
thrilled to have met Johnson. 

"It was like having a dictionary 
of agriculture right there on my right 
shoulder," Alex explained. "We 
talked about anything from ethanol 
production and biodiesel production 
to international affairs, with their 
state's lentils being produced and 
shipped to Cuba." 


Alex first got interested in eating 
right and exercising when he ran in 
high school track. He worked hard 
but wasn't seeing the physical results 
he had expected. So he did some re- 
search and came across Bill Phillips' 
book, "The Body for Life: 12 Weeks to 
Mental and Physical Strength." Alex 
typed up a contract and signed it. 

"It completely changed my life- 
style. I worked-out every day, I ate six 
meals a day and I felt so much better 
. . . and the results were there. Ever 
since then, I've asked myself, 'Well, 
why can't everyone else appreciate 
their body and what they eat as much 
as I'm learning to do.'" 

FFA members, Alex says, are on 
the front lines of food production 
and are in a good position to lead the 
way when it comes to healthy eating. 
"Dairy products," Alex says, "are in- 
credibly good for you as far as lower- 
ing one's appetite and satisfying the 
stomach, and also providing valuable 
calcium for growing bones." He says 
eating right should also involve other 
agricultural products that are readily 
available in our country — fresh fruits 
and vegetables, whole wheat breads 
and fresh meats. 

"Here in the U.S.," Alex says, "we 
like to brag that we're the most self- 
sufficient and we can produce all 
of our own food. And yet, it seems 
that our people really don't take 
advantage of that food. Everything is 
packaged and sealed and preserved 
to have a shelf-life of a month. And 
when we do that we seem to neglect 
the effects of those preservatives on 
our body — that extra fat, extra sugar 
and extra sodium, and that leads to 
a lot of health problems and a lot of 
unhealthy people." 

After the ride, Alex returned to 
Erskine College, where he majors 
in biology and Spanish. Besides the 
bike ride, he has done crop research 
in Alaska, hiked in Spain to study 
cheeses and is now planning winter 
trip to Asia. His career dreams have 
been shaped by FFA, his choices 
about eating and exercising and his 
global view. "I hope to work in inter- 
national food science geared toward 
public health. I'd love to be involved 
in government policy making." • 

The trip by numbers 

• Number of calories Alex burned 

in a day of riding 4,500-7,000 

•Number of ounces of water he 
kept on-hand 160-170 

• Number of crashes 2 

• Longest distance (in miles) with 
no place to stop for water 60 

• Number of people on trip who 
offered Alex free use of their home 
in Thailand, so he can study nutri- 
tion in Southeast Asia 1 

• Estimated trip mileage 4,000 

Learn more about Alex's trip at 
the South Carolina FFA website: 
www. scaged. or°/ 

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Congratulations to the 2005 Cargill 
Community Scholarship Recipients 

Matthew Burleson, Decatur, A! . 
Gregory Ogle Jr., Decatur, AL 
Bradley Vest, Falkville.AL 
Tammy Binz, Charlston, AR 
Clayton Bonds, Ozark, AR 
Tara Bradford, Ozark, AR 
Jessica Brents, Cleveland, AR 
Cynthia Emrick, Ozark, AR 
Timothy Halmes, Ozark, AR 
Mitchell Kunz.Elkins.AR 
Brett Mabry, Elkins, AR 
Megan Norton, Prairie Grove, AR 
Mika Azevedo, Hanfort), CA 
Bethany Filter, Live Oak, CA 
Maria Garcia, Unsay, CA 
Jackie McArthur, McArthus, CA 
Kyle Oliveira, Lemoore, CA 
Megan Quisenberry, Live Oak, CA 
Carolina Sema, Lindsay, CA 
Michael Tobias, Hollister, CA 
Royce Wadsworth, Corcoran, CA 
Rian Bernhardt, Otis, CO 
Gregory Homung, Stratton, CO 
James Martin, Genoa, CO 
Michael McClaran, Sterling, CO 
Renee Musgrave, Yuma. CO 
Morgan Parker, Limon, CO 
Krista Soehner, Wray, CO 
Kori Tagtmeyer, Seibert, CO 
Theresa Zen, Sterling, CO 
Weber Wu, Miami, FL 
Adam Arnold, Nicholson, GA 
Burt Casarella, Dawsonville, GA 
Kayla Allison, Eddyville, IA 
Timothy Berkland, Sibley, IA 
Kimberly Boom, Larchwood, IA 
Amy Borchers, Holstein, IA 
Adam Bouslog, South English, IA 
Cole Burrack, Arlington, IA 
Collin Davison, Gamer. IA 
Courtney Flynn, Wllman, IA 
Cassie Frerichs. Hinton, IA 
Kayleen Keehner, Guttenberg, IA 
Nyle Kline, Logan. IA 
Lee Kuhlmann, Ute, IA 
Brian Martens, Missouri Valley, IA 
Ashton McNutt, Iowa City, IA 
Ashley Oberbroeckling, Oamavillo, IA 
Nicole Olson, Muscatine, IA 
Karina Ostrem, Oksaloosa, IA 
Jennifer Parker, Ottumwa, IA 
Lee School, Primghar, IA 
Michael Slattery.Winthrop, IA 
StaceyTodd.Washta, IA 
Justin Wellik, Gamer, IA 
Blake Yocom, Chariton, IA 
John Ellas, Idaho Falls, ID 
Mary Margaret Bend, Sycamore, IL 
Katherine Boesche, DeKalb, IL 
Jacob Bonnell.Amboy.l 
Sara Jane Bretzman, Long Point, IL 
Brittany Buttry, Verona, IL 
Ryan Cihak, Newark, IL 
Todd Dwyer, Geneseo, IL 
Rachael Fischer, LaMoille, IL 
Daniel Fulton, Saunemln, IL 
Samantha Hamlink, Amboy, IL 
Benjamin Hayes, Emden, IL 
Jodi Hennings, Shelbyville, IL 
Kathryn Jenks, Belleville, IL 
Whitney Keller, Quincy, IL 
Michael Lauras, Napervllle, IL 

Jeffrey Lilja, Amboy, IL 

Mitchell McConville, Amboy. IL 

Keith Mellert, Cargill Animal Nutritionton, IL 

Scott Michels. Cisne, IL 

Ryan Miller. Amboy, IL 

Kayla Olson, Delavan, IL 

Jennifer Ringwelski, Marengo, IL 

Evelyn Sheaffer, Dixon. IL 

Amy Twait, Somonauk, IL 

Ryan Williams, Carmi, IL 

Holly Wonders, Stanford, IL 

Jamey Albrecht, Crawfordsville, IN 

Diana Beming, Hoagland, IN 

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Coy Cox, Gypsum, KS 

James Crosson, Minneapolis, KS 

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Teresa Elliott, Hiawatha, KS 

Courtney George, Lebanon, KS 

Tyler Goetz, Hutchinson, KS 

Adrielle Harvey, Beverly, KS 

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Curtis Housholder, Scandla, KS 

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Sarah Jensen, Everest, KS 

Joshua Lesser, Lecompton, KS 

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Bradley Reiter, Jewell, KS 

Katherine Riley, Hutchinson, KS 

Kayle Robben, Sharon Springs, KS 

Amanda Runyan, Augusta, KS 

Jared Selland, Everest, KS 

Matt Short, Assaria.KS 

Sarah Sims, Berryton, KS 

Janna Sorenson, Sylvan Grove, KS 

Jessica Spare, St. John, KS 

Erica Stein, Gypsum, KS 

Katisha Von Lintel, Elkhart, KS 

Derek Vonada, Sylvan Grove, KS 

Heidi Waldschmldt, Derby, KS 

Mason Wedel, Buhler, KS 
Jennifer Wei Initz, Neosho Rapids, KS 
Joel Wheeler, Burden, KS 
Clint Reynolds, Elkhom, KY 
Lindsay Nicole Guerin, Port Allen, LA 
James Head, Thibodaux, LA 
Jacques Levet Jr.. Reserve, LA 
All* Stelly. New Iberia, LA 
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Jennifer Becker, Eden Valley, MN 
Aaron Breyfogle, Lake City, MN 
Kathryn Buyck, Danvers, MN 
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Stacy Craighead. Fulton, MO 
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Andrea Gioia, Bamett, MO 
Krystal Manner, Carthage, MO 
Kala Jackson, Downing, MO 
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Ashtin Uoyd, Rock Port, MO 
Jessica Murry, Odessa, MO 
Julie Niemeyer, Bowling Green, MO 
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Megan Richardson, Albany, MO 
Jessica Rolf, Tarkio, MO 
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John Shelton, Princeton, MO 
Justin Smith, Eagleville, MO 
Rebecca Williams, Tipton, MO 
Chelsey Wilson, Albany, MO 
Lee Wilson, Portageville, MO 
Audra Wyble, Bowling Green. MO 
Ashley Bailey, Forsyth, MT 
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Robert Foertsch, Wyndmere, ND 
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Timothy Hertsgaard. Kindred. ND 
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Emily Wolfe. Centre Hall. PA 

Jonathan Brockhoft, Winner, SD 

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Kelli Wamke, Fairfax, SD 
Valerie Wamke, Fairfax, SD 
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Haley Eskew. Bells, TN 
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AlexYoungerman, Lexington, TN 
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Rachel Claxton, Celeste. TX 
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Stephen Fuchs, Cameron, TX 
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Jonathon Goff's learning disability is the spark that has helped him succeed 
in his business and his efforts to help others with disabilities 

By Chris Hayhurst 

Jonathon Goff has a saying he 
turns to whenever things get 
tough: "Can't never could." 
This 21-year-old Floridian was 
a member of the Tampa Bay Tech Se- 
nior High FFA Chapter and is now the 
hard-working owner of a flourishing 

Anne Knapke, the 2003-04 FFA 
national eastern region vice 
president, presents the H.O. 
Sargent Award to Jonathon. 

lawn-care business. "If you want to do 
something, and you put your mind to 
it, you can." 

Get to know Jonathon, and it's clear 
he's a man who stands by his word. 
His business keeps him busy sunup 
to sundown. His cell phone rings 
often, but he usually doesn't hear it 
beneath the roar of his mower. When 
it rains so hard that he's forced to rest, 
he worries about unfinished jobs. "He 
has the right attitude about things," 


says Frank Surrency, Jonathon 's FFA 
advisor. "He never gives up. He does 
everything he can do." 


There's something else you should 
know about Jonathon: Diagnosed with 
a learning disability, he's spent his 
whole life proving he could succeed 
while others thought he could not. 
"Growing up, I was told I'd never 
make it," he recalls. "People said I'd 
never amount to anything." 

Suffice it to say that Jonathon has 
amounted to something. He was presi- 
dent of the Hillsborough County FFA 
Federation, an association of more 
than 30 FFA chapters and also was 
wrestling team captain. Today, he men- 
tors children with severe emotional 

Jonathon's crowning achievement 
relies on the experience he's had with 
his disability. In 2003 he developed 
a program that allowed students with 
disabilities to participate in agricul- 
tural competitions at the county fair. 
Those who otherwise would not have 
qualified to compete took part in lawn 
mower driving, floral arranging, plant 
identification and other events. "I al- 
ways said I'd try to do something for 
kids like me," recalls Jonathon, who 
worked tirelessly with teachers and 
the county board to have the competi- 
tions approved and organized. "The 
contests get the kids involved. They 
teach them how to interact and give 
them skills that might someday land 
them a job." 

ESE (for "Exceptional Student 
Education") Ag-Abilities Day, as it's 
known, is now an annual event. And 
while he'd be the last person to even 
mention it, Jonathon has been cred- 
ited by many for opening the door 
to a world of opportunities for local 
students with disabilities. Last fall, at 

the 2004 National FFA Convention, 
he won the prestigious H.O. Sargent 
Award, which honors individuals 
who promote diversity in FFA. 


The passion Jonathon has for helping 
others is a direct result of the years 
he's spent as an FFA member. "When 
I was young I had a real bad start," he 
says. "But after I got involved, things 
started turning for me. If it weren't 
for FFA, there's no doubt in my mind 
I wouldn't be where I am today. I 
didn't put on that contest so I could 
win an award. I did it for those kids 
and for FFA." 

Jonathon already has a new project 
in mind. He'd like to find a way for 
students who use walkers or wheel- 
chairs to participate in steer-showing 
events. "There should be no reason — 
and maybe they'd have someone help- 
ing them — why they can't hold onto a 
lead rope and walk a steer," he says. 
"That's a big responsibility to have, 
but they could do it. Just think what 
they could learn from that." • 

The H.O. Sargent Award 

■ The National FFA Organiza- 
tion established the H. O. Sargent 
Award in 1995 to remember the 
New Farmers of America (NFA) 
and to recognize their place in the 
history of FFA. The purpose of the 
award is to recognize success in 
achieving and promoting diversity 
in agricultural education and FFA. 
This award is a modification of the 
H. O. Sargent Award that existed 
in the NFA prior to the combining 
of the NFA and FFA. For more in- 
formation on how you can apply, 

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"Learning To Do, Doing To Learn, 
Earning To Live, Living to Serve." 

So, what does it mean in this con- 
text? "It reflects the ideals of team- 
work and leadership that we develop 
through our careers in FFA," says Na- 
tional FFA Eastern Region Vice Presi- 
dent Jay Kelley. "As members, we 
serve in many different roles for our 
chapter, community and world." 


Like the FFA motto, the FFA Creed is 

a mainstay of the FFA experience. For 
years, members have been reading, 
memorizing, speaking, contemplating 
and living by it. The document is now 
75 years old, and that milestone will 
be celebrated in several ways. 

During the seventh general session 
on the Freedom Hall mainstage, a 
special FFA Creed presentation will 
celebrate the diversity of today's FFA 
membership, which includes young 
people of many ages, ethnic back- 
grounds and cultural backgrounds. 
Prior to the session, there will be FFA 
Creed giveaways, so don't miss out. 


The FFA National Career Show is 
back. Hundreds of exhibitors — among 
them agribusiness giants and colleges 

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of agriculture — will bo on hand to 
share information with you about 
where your future can take you. 
You also can climb on tractors, meet 
country music stars, try your hand at 
welding, visit the FFA Agriscience 
Fair and tour the FFA Hall of States. 
And, after a hugely successful 
event in 2004, the FFA Collegiate 
Career Expo will return. If you're in 
college, hoping to find an internship 
or full-time job, this is the place to 
be. Businesses and colleges will be on 
hand this year to showcase opportuni- 
ties in the agriculture industry. 


This year marks the 40th anniversary 
of the merger of the Future Farmers 
of America and the New Farmers of 
America (NFA), the former organiza- 
tion for African-American students. 
Several events will celebrate the NFA 
and its rich heritage. On Wednesday, 
there will be a reception of past 
NFA members. On Thursday, Major 
General Arnold Fields, a former 
NFA member, will give remarks at 
the afternoon session. That evening, 
past NFA officers will be recognized 
on stage. At the NFA career show 
exhibit, FFA members can visit with 
past NFA members. 

Hundreds of FFA members at the 
convention will receive the coveted 
American FFA Degree, the highest 
degree of membership a member can 
attain. Only about one half of one per- 
cent of the total national membership 
attain this high honor. Each recipient 
will receive a special certificate and 
the coveted Gold Key, symbolic of 
this high degree of membership. Re- 
cipients will also be honored at a lun- 
cheon. Some of the members who will 
receive the honor this year — South 
Carolina's Alex Gleason (on the cover 
of this issue of the magazine) and 
Minnesota's Lisa Brogan and Stacy 
Brogan. These twins have four older 
siblings who have already earned the 
American FFA Degree. 


After this convention, Louisville 
will have hosted seven straight na- 
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convention moves across the Ohio 
river and 113 miles up Interstate 65 
to Indianapolis, Ind. The decision 
for the move hinged largely on the 
availability of affordable lodging for 
students in close proximity to the 
convention facilities. The National 
FFA Organization and its members 
have developed strong ties with the 
city and people in Louisville. The city 
has created lasting memories for more 
than 300,000 members and guests. 


National FFA Western Region Vice 
President Brian Hogue captures the 
essence of the convention this way: 
"Attending the convention inspires 
me every time, knowing that there 
are thousands of young people who, 
like me, are interested and passion- 
.ate about the future of agriculture. 
I always leave knowing that I could 
be doing more for myself, my FFA 
chapter and my community." • 

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simplifies its 
sound for the sake 
of the songs 

SHeDAISY, a band of 
three sisters — Kas- 
sidy, Kelsi and 
Kristyn Osborn — has 
retooled its sound re- 
cently, opting for more 
of an acoustic sound 
and less of a processed 
sound. They didn't 
really plan it that way, 
though. Having seen 
-w **. other new artists forced 
to the point of financial ruin by the demands of a high-pro- 
duction tour, the sisters were determined to steer clear of a 
similar fate. Paring down the band and the stage show were 
the solutions. 

"We didn't want to over-extend ourselves financially," 
says Kristyn, the eldest sister. "We wanted to be smart 
about the way we ran our business." So, when they toured 
behind Knock on the Sky, they usually went out with 
only an acoustic band. That instrumentation forced them 
to simplify the intricate arrangements they'd created and 
demanded that they stand or fall solely on the quality of the 
songwriting and their vocal performances. 

"We were kind of forced into doing it that way," Kristyn 
says. "It was a bit humbling, but it gave us a lot of confi- 
dence. We learned that it's more important to showcase a 
song than a record. You can distract people from the song 
by the sounds you put into it. I don't know that we realized 
that before." 

Those shows re-energized SHeDAISY creatively and 
gave them a starting point for their last album's songs, 
which have a fresh, acoustic vibe, with plenty of slide 
guitar but no keyboards. The trio's trademark vocals are 
simpler, too. There's more three-part harmony, less com- 
plex counterpoint. 

SHeDAISY has a new CD in the works, which they re- 
corded this summer. Maybe FFA members will get a sneak 
preview of the new music in Louisville. 

SHeDAISY's CD is "Sweet Right Here. " For more 


Acts: SHeDAISY and Craig Morgan 

Date: Thursday, October 27 

Time: Entire show will be staged twice, 

first at 5 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. 

Location: Broadbent Arena 

Tickets: $20 

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Craig Morgan's approach 

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Some singers try to change the world one issue at a time. 
Craig Morgan has chosen to be an observer of the small, 
meaningful things in our everyday lives. Like the child 
who deals with the loss of his beloved dog in his song, 
"Lotta Man (In That Little Boy)" and the farmer and his 
wife who rediscover their love in "Rain for the Roses." Both 
are on his "My Kind of Livin'" CD. 

"Somebody told me not long ago that whenever they 
hear a song that visually paints a picture, they think of me 
because that's the kind of writing I've come to do best," 
Morgan explains. "We hinted at that approach on my first 
record and grasped it on the second. On this one, we finally 
took it home." 

This way of writing comes naturally to Morgan. Dur- 
ing ten years in the military, he lived away from the things 
most of us take for granted. For Morgan, that included 
growing up in the woods, riding three-wheelers, fishing and 
hunting. During downtime while serving in Korea, he had 
time to write about his memories. "I'd written songs before, 
but with so much time to reflect I began to write about the 
things I'd known with more emotion and an appreciation 
for what they mean to me." 

"The point I try to make is that the mundane things 
aren't so mundane after all," he muses. "The simple things, 
like being on a boat with your buddies, or sitting on a porch 
after church on Sunday, or the tractor you see in 'Rain for 
the Roses,' aren't always a part of everybody's life, because 
we're all in such a big rush. But they are all part of who 
we are." 

Craig Morgan 's CD is "My Kind of Livin '. " For more 
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District 6 Ag ed Kickoff 


District 5 Ag ed Kickoff 



Animal Science Skill-A-Thon, Boone Countv 


District 4 Ag ed Kickoff 


District 1 Ag ed Kickoff 


District 2 Ag ed Kickoff 


District 3 Ag ed Kickoff 

14-16 SOAR Conference, Indiana FFA Center 
16 State Executive Committee 

Meeting, Indiana FFA Center 
26-29 National FFA Convention 


Sawyer Sparks, 2005-2006 State Southern Region Vice President 


PARENTS: Ron and Sue Sparks 

SIBLINGS: Travis Sparks 

HOMETOWN: Bloomfield, IN 

FFA CHAPTER: Bloomfield 

FAVORITE FOOD: Ranch dressing with everything 

FAVORITE SONG: Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy 


FAVORITE MOVIE: Wedding Crashers 


TEAM VOTED SAWYER: Most likely to be a 

radio personality 

Sawyer is planning to attend Purdue 
University to double major in 
Agricultural Education and Agricultural 
Sales and Marketing. 

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"What can I say about Sawyer - he's dynamic, 
he's exciting, he's always a lot of fun. He 
always cares about other peoples feelings. 
His accomplishments amaze me. As a parent, 
I have never given him enough credit for he can do. He always surprises me of what 
he can do. He is always able to talk to adults and young people, and I think that is a 
wonderful policy that he has." 

Mr.. Helms - Advisor 

"Sawyer has been the most gung-ho FFA member I've had in the last five years. 
There has been nothing that he isn't willing to try. He has been an outstanding 
FFA student and I've really enjoyed having him." 


State Officers' Mentors 

A mentor is someone who is always there tor you. A mentor helps 
you find solutions to problems, gives you advice on situations and 
offers support to you when things get rough. Everyone has that 
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my life. My involvement in FFA 

and in agriculture would not 

have been the same if it wasn't 

for my grandpa's influence on 

my life. Thanks for everything, 

Grandpa... I miss you! 


One of my mentors is Christina Nixon. As a wife, teacher, 
sister-in-law, and friend, Nixon has a lot on her plate. My FF/\ 
Advisor entered my chapter last year, and she definitely has 
made an impact on my life. Faced with tradition, Mrs.. Nixon 
upheld that tradition, but did it with more prestige than was 
expected. When difficult times arose, Christina reacted with 
a positive attitude. The thing I 
admire the most in Christina is 
her sense of humor. Nixon is able 
to bring out the best in every 
situation, and she can always 
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The Indiana FFA Association would like to congratulate the following individuals who will be awarded 
their American FFA Degree on October 29, 2005, during the 78th National FFA Convention. 

J. Christopher Anderson 

Amanda Lyn 

Eric M. Barnard 

Megan Barnes 

Seth Baute 

Amy Beasley 

Tara Beyke 

Tiffany Renee Birkey 

Travis Bowman 

Zachary Brogan 

Curt Thomas Brooks 

Matthew Chapman 

Daniel Chestnut North 

Allison Clark 

James Clark 

James Robert Cooksey 

Ashley Kendall Coon 

Eric Davies 

Joseph F. Demerly 

Michael C. Dixon 

Rebekah E. Dixon 

Gia Drew 

Nicholas Duff 

Sara Maria Egan 

Elizabeth Erb 

Christopher Fellers 

Christopher James Fleenor 

Marcus Allen Galbreath 

Clayton Giles 

Bradley Gogel 

Timmothy J. Green 

Nick Gressley 

Brandon Haggard 

Brandon J. Harris 

Joseph Hastings 

Melissa C. Higgins 

Curtis Hoel 

Alexis Hoffman 

Kelli Hoffman 

Joseph J. Hopf 

Matthew Ryan Klosterman 

Heritage Hills FFA 
Bacon Boonville FFA 
Carroll @ Flora FFA 
Rossville FFA 
Hope FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Northeast Dubois FFA 
Huntington North FFA 
Hagerstown FFA 
Switzerland County FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
Shenandoah FFA 
Daviess FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
Sullivan FFA 
Carroll @ Flora FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
Columbia City FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
South Decatur FFA 
South Decatur FFA 
Columbia City FFA 
Delphi FFA 
Rensselaer FFA 
Fairfield FFA 
Shenandoah FFA 
Orleans FFA 
Switzerland County FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Crothersville FFA 
Huntington North FFA 
Rossville FFA 
Union City FFA 
North Daviess FFA 
Woodlan FFA 
Rushville FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
Columbia City FFA 
Forest Park FFA 
Seymour FFA 

Chad Koch 

Mitchell Konerding 

Rachel Lambert 

Josh R. Lange 

Jason Laudeman 

Jeremy Lemming 

Phillip Mann 

Matthew J. Metzger 

Valerie Mock 

Matthew Monjon 

Kyle Munson 

Derek Myers 

Joseph Newhart 

Jarret S. Paulin 

Christina Lynne Peters 

Leah Phillips 

Heather R. Ramsey 

Daniel Rawles 

Kevin Redding 

Marc Roberts 

Pat Rodkey 

Matthew T Schaefer 

Clinton Schieler 

Carly Schmitz 

Taylor Schwartz 

Grant Sheldon 

Valerie Lynn Sheldon 

Jennifer Renee Shepherd 

Ben Spencer 

Jill Leniece Steiner 

Ashley Striebeck 

Andrew Gary Stuckey 

Stephanie Lea Sullivan 

Matthew Tobias 

Britney Tompkins 

Adam Vogel 

Grant Joseph VonDielingen 

Jacob White 

Neal Wolheter 

Amber Wooldridge 

Riverton Parke FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Manchester FFA 
Forest Park FFA 
Bremen FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
South Adams FFA 
Whitko FFA 
Wawasee FFA 
South Newton FFA 
Rushville FFA 
South Adams FFA 
Delphi FFA 
Forest Park FFA 
Corydon Central FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Tippecanoe Valley FFA 
Central Noble FFA 
Carroll @ Flora FFA 
Wawasee FFA 
Rossville FFA 
Heritage Hills FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
North Posey FFA 
Rossville FFA 
Tri-County FFA 
South Putnam FFA 
Carroll @ Ft. Wayne FFA 
Eastbrook FFA 
Adams Central FFA 
Delphi FFA 
North Daviess FFA 
Eastern FFA 

Southwestern Shelby FFA 
Eastern Hancock FFA 
South Ripley FFA 
Brownstown Central FFA 
Northeastern Wayne FFA 
Prairie Heights FFA 
Shenandoah FFA 

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by Mindi Salmons, 
State Reporter 

"Not only was she a great teacher when I was in school, but I know she is a person who 
will be a great friend for the rest of my life," said Melinda Kessie, a recent graduate of Whitko 
High School. This sums up Melinda's relationship with her agriculture education teacher and 
FFA advisor, Christina Nixon. 

Growing up in Hillsboro, a small town near Fountain Central High School, Nixon enjoyed 
raising lambs and showing them at county fairs and open shows. Her experience with 
livestock judging led her to excel on the Purdue University Livestock Judging Team. Her love 
of sheep has grown from a hobby to a lifestyle, as she raises Hampshire Club Lambs. The 
Nixons' have been raising lambs for about two years and their flock has grown to 15 sheep. 

Nixon's first taste of the Whitko FFA came this year when she moved to South Whitley. 
Her husband, Ted, is a graduate of Whitko, so it is only natural that the Nixons raise their 
sheep in the small town of South Whitley, Indiana. However, it's not just another small town. 
South Whitley, home to the Whitko FFA, is a town full of traditions. Mrs.. Nixon fit in perfectly 
at Whitko. 

"Mrs.. Nixon has the amazing ability to relate well to her students. Her enthusiasm for 
seeing her students succeed is a key factor in Whitko's success," said Matthew Metzger, 
2004 Whitko graduate and 2004-2005 Indiana FFA State President. 

Nixon has many great memories at Whitko, but most of her memories involve the jokes 
she played on her students. Students would try to embarrass her, but this advisor's amazing 
sense of humor and quick wit were always victorious. It was the goal of many FFA members 
to embarrass Nixon, but she would always see the tricks coming. 

One great example of this irony could be found in the Parliamentary Procedure's team 
trip to Pizza Hut. In an attempt to embarrass her, students told the waitresses that it was 
Mrs.. Nixon's birthday. The Pizza Hut staff brought her a cake and sang "Happy Birthday" 
to her, but rather than having a red face, Nixon displayed a wide grin. As she sang along, 
"Happy Birthday to Me!" students were stumped. Mrs.. Nixon cannot be beat when it comes 
to practical jokes. 

"My experiences at Whitko have been unlike any other. Great kids, great community, and 
great support have let to a lot of success." Mrs.. Nixon is anxiously looking forward to the 
coming years with the Whitko FFA community. 

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Bobbie Carney 

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"Being part of the chapter 
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Nathan Sclierer 

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Rachel Demaree 

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How much fun can a handful of soil be? 
Do you know what you can learn from the 
ground below your feet? As the school year 
draws nearer, it is time to start thinking about 
upcoming career development events you 
can participate in at the beginning of the 
year. By participating in Soils Evaluation, 
FFA members can find the answers to these 
questions, and explorer other opportunities 
as well. 

Soils evaluation is a fall contest that 
students enjoy by getting down and dirty 
while determining texture, color, slope of land, 
parent material, and erosion. All of these 
concepts are vital in understanding Indiana's 
most valuable resource, soil. Students must 
also determine how suitable the land is at a 
home site for building purposes. 

There are numerous careers related 
to working with soil. Types of work could 
include; site remediation, soil surveying and 
soil classification, land reclamation, and 
waste disposal, and research. Jobs related 
to working with soil may be conservationist, 
microbiologist, chemist, soil scientist, and 
natural resource manager. The opportunities 
are right below your feet in the area of soil 

State Contest this year is November 5 

in southern Indiana. Invitational and area 
contest take place before that date and are 
heavily attended by members who are eager 
to jump into a hole and judge soil. 

So what do students learn from Soils 

"I have learned responsibility, how to 
have fun, and have made new friends that 
will last a lifetime," explains Alisen Gore, a 
senior from Columbia City. Clearly students 
are introduced to more than just what is 
under there feet when they take part in soils 

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A Cittic fieip from some f fiends 

by Bruce Cooley, State President 

The 149 th annual State Fair was a time to remember. With all of the interesting 
exhibits and cool display designs, the Indiana FFA Association truly got our 
point of agriculture awareness out. Thousands of people wandered through 
the exhibits gaining understanding of the countless agriculture topics. We were 
very successful in achieving our mission of agricultural education. However, 
none of this would have been possible without you, the members of our great 
organization, and this year's Program Specialist, Mr. Bruce Sillery. his dedication 
to assisting with the progression of our mission deserves many thanks. 

Mr. Sillery is an outstanding individual who has proven his love for the 
advancement of agriculture education. With his Masters degree in education, he has taught for a total 
of thirteen years, two of these being at Madison High School and the remaining eleven at Attica High 

Mr. Sillery thinks of teaching in a much different way than most traditional high school teachers. He 
says, "It's more like I am helping my family." With this approach to teaching, he brags, "My job doesn't 
even seem like a job, its fun just to help out those that I care about and care about me in return." 

Mr.. Sillery took this passion for teaching to the state fair. This year, he has helped in the FFA 
pavilion by offering his expertise in the many skills needed to complete it. Some of those included: 
offering his knowledge in the way things work, how to construct things in the most effective manor and 
how to effectively interact with the various types of people. He has proven to be a great asset to the 
team of pavilion facilitators. 

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by Nathan Lehman, State Sentinel 

Members of the Eastern Hancock FFA 
Chapter are building strong ties to their 
community. With 75 members and two 
advisors -Mr. Scott Jacobs and Mrs. Natalie 
Schilling - students have the opportunity to 
be better members of the community. 

Eastern Hancock has been very 
successful in soils and livestock evaluation 
and many career development events. 
The livestock evaluation team placed first 
at the American Royal Livestock Show 
that was held in Kansas City, MO. The 
soils team has competed in the National 
Soils Judging Contest in Oklahoma, and 

continually placed well in the state soils 
judging contest. At this year's District Eight 
Convention, Eastern Hancock won 11 of the 
28 events and placed second in many of the 
other contests. 

The FFA chapter has taken the inspiring 
task of developing leaders. This year there 
were three members that were elected 
as District VIII officers. Sara Kinder was 
elected the president, Evan Mattlock 
became reporter, and Mitchel Jessup was 
elected sentinel. Former chapter member 
Bruce Cooley, was elected the Indiana FFA 
Association President at the 76 th FFA State 

Throughout the year the Eastern 

Hancock chapter gives back to the community. 
They hold a petting zoo at school that draws in 
students from the Indianapolis area. Members 
also donate their time to ensure that their 
school looks good. They help with the Hancock 
County Awareness Day: an event that brings 
in five to seven hundred students from the 
Greenfield area. 

Whether it's preparing for a career 
development events, working together; or 
helping out in the community, Eastern Hancock 
is consistently working to better the chapter 
and its' members. As senior Sara Kinder 
states, "FFA 
has given 
me the skills 
to be more 
efficient in my 
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normally get to have. FFA has helped me to 
develop my leadership skills, communication 
skills, and taught me how to work as a team." 

Leadership Center wider new management 

The Indiana FFA Foundation Board of Directors 
is excited to announce a new strategic alliance with 
Jonathan By rd. Jonathan By rd will manage all client 
relations and activities conducted at the Indiana 
FFA Leadership Center, in Trafalgar, IN. This 
will still be the Indiana FFA Leadership Center owned by the Indiana FFA 
Foundation. There will be a few minor changes in policies and procedures. 
The Foundation Board has been studying potential outsourcing options for 
the past 16 months and is confident the partnership with Jonathan Byrd's 
will be a success! There will be no change in the site name or ownership. 
Jonathan Byrd will have responsibility for all site maintenance and have 
committed to making additional capital improvements to the Leadership 
Center under the terms of the agreement. 

Jonathan Byrd owns and operates hotel properties in southwestern 
United States and thus has experience in the lodging industry. For a ten- 
year period, Jonathan Byrd was an exclusive caterer at the Indianapolis 
500, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard (formally the Brickyard 400) and the 
SAP Grand Prix. 



Q: Will the name change at some point in the future? 

A: No, the site will continue to be referenced as Indiana FFA Leadership Center- There is no 

change in ownership and Jonathan Byrd believes there is marketing value in the present name.- 

Q: Will prices go up for events? 

A: Jonathan Byrd shall establish selling prices for all food, beverage and lodging. Jonathan Byrd 
has accepted the FFA pricing for 2005, and the agreement outlines future parameters regarding 
the pricing for FFA events and functions for both 2006 and 2007. Both parties are committed 
to the primary focus of the Leadership Center serving Indiana FFA programs via cost effective, 
economical pricing for the FFA participants and chapters. 

Q: Whom do I contact if I want to book a future event? 
A: Contact Jonathan Byrd's at: 

Jonathan Byrd's 

PO Box 413 

Greenwood, IN 46142 

Phone: (317)881-8888 

Fax: (317)887-8885 



is Out! 

by Bruce Cooley, State President 

I remember it clearly. I was about ten years 
old and I was going to be a professional Bass 
Fishermen. This was the most ideal career 
that I thought I could ever have. However, 
after a few more years of school and a great 
business class, I found that this career option 
was not the wisest career path for me. During 
that business class, I found that in order to 
be the best prepared for college I would need 
to follow a few simple steps. 

The first thing to do when deciding on a 
future career is to write down your interests. 
Think of all of those things that seem to be 
appealing to you. Once this is completed, 
narrow that list down to the five most appealing 
things that could be possible career options. 
Make sure the list is broad; don't just cut 
something out because it seems impossible. 
However, set reasonable goals. 

The next step is to explore the options 
of a career in these fields. This can be 
accomplished through many different 
sources. The Occupational Outlook 

Handbook is a great source that can be found 
in most libraries. Also, the Internet is another 
exceptional source. Try visiting different 
university websites to see what fields they 
offer degrees in. Once this is completed, look 
at the careers that were found and pick about 
five of these. What is next? You guessed it, 
more research. 

Again, use the Internet and the 

Occupational Outlook Handbook and find the 
following thing: nature of the work, working 
conditions, employment opportunities, 
training required, other qualifications, 
advancement opportunities, job outlook, 
and earnings. Once all of this information 
is found, the list of careers can possible be 
narrowed down to just a few options. Then 
you can truly say that "I want to be a...." 

With more than 300 careers in the 
agriculture industry, you're bound 
to find one that fits your interests. 
Here are just a few! ^ 

Agronomist - Work with field crop production and 
soils management to develop higher yields, better 
crop varieties, and higher quality products while 
maintaining or improving the environment. 

Food Scientist - Check the quality of incoming 
raw products and the quality and safety of plant 

Agriculture Instructor/FFA Advisor - Teaches 
agriculture related classes to give junior 
high or high school students knowledge and 
understanding of the broad fields in agriculture. 

Conservation Officer - Patrol districts to 
prevent violations of game laws and damage to 
the environment, arrest offenders, and compile 
biological data on fish and wildlife. 

Commodity Broker - Trades products and cash 
based on stock market and futures projections. 

Veterinarian - Doctors who care for animals by 
diagnosing illnesses, treating diseased and injured 
animals, inoculating animals, and providing advice 
on care and breeding. 

Agricultural Journalist - Gather, write, edit 
and report news articles that are published in 
agricultural magazines, newspapers, journals or 
broadcast on radio or television. 

Farm Broadcaster - Produce verbal or pictorial 
dialogue on farm-related topics for purposes 
of transmitting via radio or television. These 
broadcasters are responsible for writing, editing, 
and delivery of script. 



David Mohler, 2005-2006 State Treasurer 


PARENTS: Allen and Jane Mohler 

SIBLINGS: Justin, Kyle, and Elizabeth 

HOMETOWN: Lebanon 

FFA CHAPTER: Western Boone FFA 

FAVORITE FOOD: Mushroom Swiss Burgers 




FAVORITE FFA ACTIVITY: Soils Judging and Camps 

David is planning on going to college at either Purdue University or the 
University of Hawaii: Hilo to major in Agricultural Education. 

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Jane Mohler 

"David worked hard to achieve his long time dream of being a state officer. 
We're very excited for him to have this opportunity and we appreciate the 
support and Dave Haberlin and the Webo FFA." 

Sheila Cole - FFA member 

"He can be a real goof ball sometimes, but when it comes to getting the job 

done, he does. He is a bunch of fun." 

Sarah Kinder - Eastern Hancock FFA member 
"David is a fun loving, goofy person who is 
always out looking for the better in people. 
His wackiness compliments others' attitudes 
while working in group situations." 






Do you need something to do this fall? Would you like to meet some new people? If you said yes, 
we have something for you. School is in session, the soils teams are already.getting dirty, and SOAR and 
FIRE are right around the corner. These two camps are a great way to meet FFA members from all over 
the state while participating in creative and interactive workshops that focus on leadership and agricultural 

October 14-16, 2005 

SOAR, (Seeking Opportunities and Achieving Results), is for greenhand members who are learning 
about the FFA organization and the opportunities that it presents. 

November 18-20, 2005 

FIRE, (Foundations in Reaching Excellence), is focused on developing the older members who wish to 
continue their development through FFA_activities. 

Have nothing to do... try something different! Take advantage of these fun-filled opportunities and make 
new friends, have fun; and learn a little more about FFA. 

"Going to camp provides a great way for FFA members to meet other students from across Indiana. 
With activities like team challenges, service projects, and recreational activities, I know I have developed 
my leadership and communication skills, along with building lasting friendships!" 
-Kim Hoeing Rushville High School Senior 

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What do you know? 

1 . What city is the National Convention currently held? 

2. Who is the Indiana FFA Reporter? 


3 . Who is the Indiana FFA Treasurer? 


4. Who is the Indiana FFA Northern Region Vice President? 

5. Who is the Indiana FFA Sentinel? 


6. In what city is the FFA center located? 

7. Who is the Indiana FFA Secretary? 


8. In what month is national convention? 

9. Indiana is the leading producer in what? 

10. Who is the Indiana FFA State President? 


1 1 . Who is the Indiana FFA Southern Region Vice President? 

12. Where is the Indiana State Convention held? 


13. How many FFA district are there in Indiana? 

What is the 2005 National Convention theme? 

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Don't miss seeing the band at the FFA Convention on October 27th 


Miranda Lambert 
grew up listening 
to music. Now 
she makes it 


Iiranda Lambert 
is a 21-year-old 
guitar player and 
singer from Lin- 
dale, Texas. Population 
2,500. It's the kind of 
town where high-school 
football rules fall Friday 
nights and folks sit on 
their front porches mak- 
ing music. 

"I grew up on the 
songs of Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Merle Haggard and 
my dad. We had music parties at our house on the front 
porch all the time. I was 10 years old and in the third grade 
when my parents took me to Dallas to see Garth Brooks. 
It was awesome. There I was in my braces screaming, 
'Gaaaarrrth!' I was freakin' out." 

She was so inspired that when she returned home to 
Lindale, she entered her first country talent contest. Her 
bedroom was soon decorated with country-star photos. By 
age 16, she took up guitar and wrote her first song. "After I 
found out that I could actually do that, I just got so interest- 
ed in it. I practiced four hours a day until my fingers would 
bleed. It came so naturally it was like sunbeams shining 
down on me." 

"My parents were shocked about how passionate I 
was about it. But they basically dropped everything and 
just gave it everything they had." The family invested in 
a motor home, a sound system and an equipment trailer. 
Starring in "Annie Get Your Gun" was one of Miranda 
Lambert's last high-school activities. She graduated early to 
devote herself to music full time. "This is my college," she 
says. "I can't study in a book what I've learned just being 
out there and doing it." 

Miranda Lambert's CD is "Kerosene. " For more 


Acts: Clay Walker and Miranda Lambert 

Date: Friday, October 28 

Time: 5 p.m. 

Location: Broadbent Arena 

Tickets: $20 

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Brought to yo 
by Chevrolet 

Clay Walker's approach to life- 
do the best you can 

Clay Walker isn't your ordinary country singer. When he's 
not playing hit songs (you might know a few of these: "If 
I Could Make A Living," "This Woman And This Man," 
"Then What" or "A Few Questions"), he has a few "hob- 
bies" that keep him busy. 

Walker raises and trains cutting horses on his Texas 
ranch. A rider most of his life, he competes on the amateur 
cutting horse circuit when his touring schedule allows. In 
addition to his equestrian interests, Walker is also active on 
the pro-am golf circuit and has competed on some of the 
world's finest courses including eight consecutive appear- 
ances at Pebble Beach. 

In addition to a full touring schedule, the energetic 
singing star manages to devote countless hours to multiple 
sclerosis (MS) fundraising and outreach. He was diagnosed 
with MS in 1996 and his nonprofit Band Against MS Foun- 
dation continues to provide information to those living 
with MS and to fund research which he's confident will 
lead to a cure for the disease. 

Walker relates one of his other pastimes — gardening — to 
the ups and downs of building a career. "One of the things 
about trees and shrubs is you need to get some cold weath- 
er on them. The cold hardens the wood and makes the tree 
stronger. Then when it grows like crazy, you have to prune 
it back to make it grow in the right direction. That's the way 
I've always looked at my career." With eight million records 
sold, that approach to success seems to work. 

Clay Walker's CD is "A Few Questions. " For more 



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WED. OCT. 26 

1:30 pm 
2:45 pm 
4:00 pm 


Matt Jenkins 
Erika Jo 
Shannon Brown 

10:30 am 

Ryan Shupe &The RubberBand 


Hot Apple Pie 

1:30 pm 

Craig Morgan (signing only) 

2:45 pm 


4 pm 

SHeDAISY (signing only) 

FRI., OCT. 28 

10:30 am 

The Drew Davis Band 


Blaine Larson 

1:30 pm 

Miranda Lambert (signing only) 

3 pm 

Clay Walker (signing only) 

4:15 pm 


Matt Jenkins 

The comparisons tend to fall toward the leading tra- 
ditionalists of the modern era. The deep tone, relaxed 
rhythm and sly expressiveness of Jenkins' voice draw 
references to Keith Whitley and Randy Travis. The wry 
cleverness of his lyrics and the fresh take on tradition 
in his arrangements bring talk of similarities to Alan 
Jackson and George Strait. 

Erika Jo 

She's the first female to win TV's "Nashville Star" 
prize and is the youngest contestant to date. In its 
third season, the show featuring Erika Jo's big win 
had the highest ratings to date. Her prize package 
included a recording deal with Universal South, plus 
several other impressive stocking stuffers — like a 
supercharged Chevy Silverado pickup. 

Ryan Shupe & The RubberBand 

This band has a message for FFA members: 
"Dream Big." That's the title of their new single, 
and their positive approach to music and life is 
striking a chord with country music fans. This 
song could be their mission statement, as the 
band embodies an infectious positive attitude. 
"Our songs are a celebration of life," says front- 
man Ryan Shupe. 

Hot Apple Pie 

The recipe for Hot Apple Pie includes Keith 
Home, a Virginia-bred flat-picking guitar cham- 
pion/bass player; Trey Landry, a Cajun drum- 
mer/accordionist; Mark "Sparky" Matejka, a 
Texan guitarist with a degree in jazz; Brady Seals, 
a proven hit singer-songwriter; and a dash of that 
indefinable something called musical charisma. 


This band's music definitely has the feel of 
traditional country music, but also incorpo- 
rates a heavy dose of rock. Band members 
Paul Jefferson, Dave Oleson, Jon Putnam and 
Jay Lessert have been tearing up the road this 
year, while taking time out to shoot their hit 
video "This Could Get Good." 

The Drew Davis Band 

DDB's music, often described as 'countri- 
fied, heel-tapping rock', is a natural compli- 
ment to this all-star roster. Their music is 
combination of diverse genres. Think of it as 
a cross between Alabama and The Rolling 
Stones. They've been wowing crowds with 
their performances, which combine edgy 
beats and lyrics that people can relate to. 

Blaine Larsen 

Here's how this enterprising 18-year-old got started 
in music. "I started building bird houses, and I would 
load up a little red wagon with them, and sell them 
around town. When I got enough money, I went to a 
pawn shop to buy a guitar." His high school geometry 
teacher showed him the chords, and the rest, as they 
say, is history. 


This 15-year-old is redefining what it means to be a 
young rapper. Shortee writes his own lyrics and, like 
many FFA members, is an entrepreneur, having already 
sold thousands of CDs in his hometown of Louisville 
without the backing of a major record company. Shortee 
is known for his positive and ambitious outlook. 


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The title of former FFA member 
Toby Keith's latest CD, "Hon- 
kytonk University," came about 
when someone asked him where 
he went to college. "I said I 
graduated from the school of 
hard knocks. I went to Honky- 
tonk U. It just sounded like a 
f j title." Keith 
was a member 
of the Moore 
FFA Chapter in 
Oklahoma. He 
once told FFA 
New Horizons 
that he was 
bummed out 
that he lost 
track of his FFA 
jacket. His wife, however, still 
has her jacket. 

Joe Nichols, 

who per- 
formed to 
an ecstatic 
crowd at the 
2003 National 
FFA Conven- 
tion, is said 
to be working 
on a new CD, 
which fol- 
lows his acclaimed "Revelation" 
disc. Nichols has been nomi- 
nated for four Grammy Awards. 
"If I can grow every album, be 
honest and make music I'd buy, 
I'll still have a career a few years 
down the road," Nichols says 
without a trace of false modesty, 
proving himself unwilling to 
rest on his laurels. 

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Third Day, a 

favorite band 
among many FFA 
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ing out with a new 
CD called "Wher- 
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which should be 
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Third Day continues to lead the 
way when it comes to charitable 
work and volunteerism. The 
actively support Habitat for Hu- 
manity, Bono's Debt Trade AIDS 
Africa (DATA) organization and 
World Vision. 

Singer-songwriter Billy 
Currington, who has appeared at 
the last two con- 
ventions, recently 
performed with 
superstar Trace 
Adkins (a former 
FFA member 
who also ap- 
peared at last 
year's conven- 
tion) at a concert 
benefiting the John Hiatt Fund, 
which helps families affected 
by alcohol and drug abuse 

Gary Allan is proving to be one 

of Nashville's 


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The musical influences on "See 
If I Care," his fifth album are 
country idols like Merle Hag- 
gard, Waylon Jennings, George 
Jones, Willie Nelson, Buck 
Owens and Lefty Frizzell. Also 
blended in there is an apprecia- 
tion of fellow California rockers 
like the Blasters, X and Jane's 
Addiction. The result is a style 
all his own. 

On Nov. 22, MCA Nashville will 
release a compilation of number- 
one songs by Reba McEntire, 
who has performed for genera- 
tions of FFA members. The two- 
disc set will contain 33 favorites 
plus two new songs. 

Tracy Lawrence, set 

to release a new CD 
this fall, has been 
active in charitable 
causes. Every year 
he's at the helm of 
two events that are 
especially meaning- 
ful to him: a concert 
that funds the Tracy 
Lawrence Foun- 
dation and a golf 
tournament in Texarkana, Texas, 
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"People have a duty to help each 
other out," he says. "I'm happy 
I can give something back to so- 
ciety through my efforts to raise 
funds and awareness for these 
important causes." 

She gave FFA members a show 
they'll not soon forget back at 
the 2003 National FFA Con- 
vention. Now Terri Clark has 
a new CD coming out Nov. 1. 

"Life Goes On" is a project ten 
years in the making. It's about 
real people and real situations. 
It brings Clark full circle, back 
to the things that first interested 
her in country music. The album 
recalls the days when line danc- 
ing was a national phenomenon, 
country music was on fire and 
honkytonks were packed with 
people listening to Garth Brooks, 
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By Chris Hayhurst 

Three years ago, Doug Wit- 
ten, a high school sopho- 
more and member of the 
Ohio County FFA Chapter 
in Hartford, Ky., had a problem. 
It was time to start his supervised 
agriculture experience (SAE), but 
the money just wasn't there. "I 
wanted to restart the family beef- 
cattle farm," recalls Doug, who has 
since graduated from high school. 
"My grandfather had bought it, and 
my dad grew up on it and worked 
on it, but they'd sold all the equip- 
ment and the cows. I thought I 
could use my SAE to revitalize the 
business. I just needed the money 
to get started." 

As it turned out, the money 
was there all along. All it required 
was some paperwork. "I took out 
a loan," Doug says. "I filled out an 
application, met with a loan officer 
and got the money. It was surpris- 
ingly easy. " 


Doug's money came from a division 
of the United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA) division called 
the Farm Service Agency (FSA). The 
agency offers "Youth Loans" to FFA 
members and other young people in 
rural areas who need financial help 
establishing and operating income- 
producing businesses. The low-inter- 
est loans range from $1,000 to $5,000, 
and have been used by students 
nationwide for projects involving 
everything from landscaping to live- 
stock or crop production. 

Every loan recipient works indi- 
vidually with a regional loan man- 
ager — someone who lives relatively 
nearby and can offer help and advice 


if it's needed. "We go out and see the 
students and their advisor two or 
three times a year," says the USD As 
Joe Wathen, who helped Doug secure 
his money. "If there are any problems, 
we try to answer questions and to 
help out where we can." Wathen 
remembers one student who realized 
his cattle weren't well, but wasn't 
sure what was wrong. "We found a 
veterinarian and brought him in with 
us during our visit," Wathen says. 
"We want you to succeed. That's im- 
portant to us." 


Like all loans, FSA loans must be 
repaid over time. With Youth Loans, 
though, the way you repay depends 
on the nature of your SAE. And that, 
says Robert Parrish, who was Doug's 
advisor in high school, is one of the 
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calves. It's not like you need to come 
up with money when you don't have 
any income." 


FSA loans are certainly useful if you 
need cash for your SAE. But, accord- 
ing to Parrish, there's more to it than 
the money. "You learn the value of 
credit, how to track your money and 
to make sure you can pay everything 
back. You learn how to be respon- 
sible with your finances. It helps in 
so many different ways." 

Wathen agrees. "We had one 
young man who got loans two years 
in a row, and then he wanted to 
buy a truck. So he went to a lender, 
and the lender called us. When the 
lender found out about his involve- 
ment with FFA and the Youth Loans 
program, and that he had paid us back 
as agreed, he didn't even require a 

Thanks to his loan, Doug has seen 
similar good luck. Today, his SAE is 
a thriving business. He now has about 
50 cattle on nearly 80 acres of pasture. 
"I knew it was possible," Doug says. "I 
just needed the right things to fall into 
place to make it happen. The money 
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Michigan's Springport 

FFA Chapter works to raise 

awareness of the emerald 

ash borer, an invasive pest 

that threatens millions 

of the state's ash trees 

The emerald ash borer 
(EAB) has its eyes set 
on its target — ash trees. 
Even though it's tiny — it 
measures just a half inch long 
in its adult form — this dead- 
ly Asian beetle already has 
caused extensive damage in 
Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, 
where it has killed more than 
eight million trees. Twenty 
Michigan counties have been 
quarantined and the state has 
issued penalties intended to 
discourage anyone transporting wood 
out of the quarantined area. 

This has prompted members of the 
Springport FFA Chapter to develop an 
EAB awareness campaign, designed 
to educate the public about how to 
deal with the issue. Springport FFA 
members feel that increasing aware- 
ness and knowledge of this insect is 
one of the first steps in preventing 
the destruction of more ash trees in 

The chapter's initiative is called 
the EAB Educational Campaign, and 
the students have been busy work- 
ing toward their goal of reaching 

all of the school district's students, 
parents, faculty and staff. Activities 
have included presentations to the 
high school and middle school fac- 
ulty, as well as assemblies for high 
school and middle school students. 
Groups from the landscape class and 
freshman agricultural biology classes 
have been working with elementary 
school classes. 

Using ash planks, the Springport 
FFA members are demonstrating 
ash identification techniques and 
reminding people of the dangers of 
transporting firewood, which has 
proven to be the pests' free bus ride 

to new trees. 

The chapter also organized the 
"Ash Bash," a fire demonstration 
where students burned ash logs and 
invited USDA officials and a repre- 
sentative from the governor's office to 
speak to the students. Approximately 
1,200 students received educational 
materials and a tree to plant in place 
of an ash. 

According to Megan Burgess, 
agriscience instructor and FFA advi- 
sor, the EAB has affected the local 
economy significantly. "The rate at 
which it is spreading can only be due 
to human travel with firewood," she 
says, adding that the beetle will stay 
dormant in the wood and come out 
in May and June. 

Burgess hopes the campaign will 
help educate the public in areas 
beyond her school district. "This 
issue not only affects Michigan, but 
also affects surrounding states such 
as Indiana and Ohio, which also are 
currently threatened by the deadly 
beetle." • 

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A career guide for FFA members 

Ag Mechanics 

By Stephen Regenold 

The stereotypical image of a me- 
chanic — greasy hands, sweaty 
brow and baggy jumpsuit — is a 
cliche that no longer holds a lot 
of truth. This is perhaps even more 
so in agriculture, where mechanics 
are increasingly working on projects 
that require as much utilization of a 
laptop computer as a wrench. 

"Agricultural equipment is sub- 
stantially different today than just 
five years ago," says Del Wilde, an 
agricultural mechanics instructor at 
Walla Walla Community College in 
southeast Washington. "Tractors with 
onboard computers, GPS systems and 
special tracking features to help farm- 
ers increase crop efficiency are now 
commonplace in the United States." 

Computer classes are taken in 
tandem with traditional shop cur- 
riculum at Walla Walla. Real-world 
experience in agricultural mechan- 
ics is also stressed, as students are 
required to hold an internship while 
getting their two-year degree. This 
creates abundant job connections for 
graduates and lets students keep up 
with what's happening in the market, 
both in the average farmer's field and 
on the forefront of the industry. 

Wilde notes that within the next 
few years, major agricultural equip- 
ment manufacturers will debut driver- 
less "drone" tractors and other farm 
equipment that will use GPS satellite 
navigation and sensors to effectively 
drive themselves and operate with- 
out human interaction. The role of 
mechanics will only become more 

crucial and more technical as the in- 
dustry moves forward, Wilde says. 


To be sure, there is still a fair amount 
of good old elbow grease in this in- 
dustry, and anyone who loves looking 
under the hood and pulling things 
apart would be an obvious candidate 
for the field. Gary Lindgren, owner 
of an implements dealer in Aitkin, 
Minn., got his start in the industry 
after attending vocational school 40 
years ago to become a diesel engine 
mechanic. Lindgren has a farm back- 
ground and, as his career progressed, 
he was soon working on tractors and 
other agricultural equipment. 

Today, Lindgren owns Aitkin 
Implement Company. He oversees 
a staff of mechanics and deals with 
sales and administrative facets of 
the business. Though he gets his 
hands dirty on the job less and less 
these days, Lindgren must manage 
multiple projects, directing his staff 
to diagnose and repair a huge variety 

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During high school, Andy Ettes- 
tad was the guy to go to when 
your engine was not running 
right. He fixed cars for friends and 
family, worked on lawnmowers and 
repaired old tractors. He did it to help 
people out, as well as to earn a little 
money on the side. He also did it be- 
cause he simply loved being under a 
hood working on engines. 

After getting involved with FFA, 
Ettestad began restoring old John 
Deere tractors. He competed in county 
and state FFA events, eventually earn- 
ing a second-place finish in the state 
FFA agricultural mechanics career 
development event. 

It was at one of these competitions 
when Ettestad's FFA advisor asked 
him what he planned to do after 
graduation. Seeing a natural ability, 
the advisor told Ettestad about the 
John Deere Ag Technology programs 
offered at several colleges around the 

The program consists of two years 
of study in agricultural mechanics, 
with an emphasis on John Deere 
products. Students earn a multi-disci- 
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of equipment. 

"We work on everything from 
small Bobcats to New Holland trac- 
tors to combines, harvesters and hay- 
balers with complex electrical and 
hydraulics systems," he says. 

Most of the employees at Aitkin 
Implement Company have two-year 
technical degrees in general mechan- 
ics. They're educated on the basics in 
school and then learn the rest on the 
job and through continuing education 
programs, which Lindgren requires 
his staff to attend. Other employees, 
he says, go to school for ag mechanics 
degrees like the one offered at Walla 

Though Lindgren says much of his 
shop's work involves engine rebuild- 
ing, hydraulics repairs and general 
maintenance, he agrees with Wilde on 
the technological trending of the in- 
dustry. "Our work is always becoming 
more reliant on computers," Lindgren 
says. "Mechanics today need to stay 
current on technology and know a lot 
beyond traditional engine work." • 

lecture time is balanced with lab and 
shop work to learn hands-on skills. In 
addition, most John Deere Ag Tech- 
nology programs require students to 
participate in demanding internships 
while in school. 

Ettestad says the program attracted 
him right away and, after some re- 
search, he chose to attend Walla Walla 
Community College in Washington 
State, the closest school to his home- 
town of Molalla, Ore. He interned at 
Lenon Implement Co. in Woodburn, 
Ore., during school and they hired 
him as a full-time employee imme- 
diately after graduation. 


Ettestad works on a range of mechani- 
cal projects at Lenon Implement: "I 
repair anything larger than a lawn- 
mower including tractors but not 
combines or hay balers," he says. 

A typical day on the job is hard 
for Ettestad to define, as every new 
project is unique. Some days involve 
sales meetings off site with clients to 
assess potential projects. Some days 
involve a couple hours on the phone 
with customers. Other days are spent 

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down and dirty for eight hours of 
solid repair work. 

"You have to be committed to an 
attention for detail," he says, noting 
that there are times when he'll be at 
work from early in the morning until 
after 8 p.m. 

Despite the hard work, he's happy 
with his career choice and would 
recommend the field to anyone who 
loves mechanics and wants good job 
security. (According to Walla Walla 
Community College, every graduate 
of the John Deere Ag Technology pro- 
gram is guaranteed a job in the field, 
as there is such a high demand for 
agricultural mechanics in the area.) 

The best part of the job, Ettestad 
says, is that every day is different. 
He loves the challenge of assessing a 
project, drawing up a bid and making 
a plan for the repair, working with 
the customers and then finally going 
ahead with the physical labor of the 
mechanic work. 

"Every day is a different kind of a 
challenge," he says. • 


A closer look at the profession 

SALARIES: The United States 
Department of Bureau of Labor 
Statistics (BLS) reports that 
the median hourly earnings of 
farm equipment mechanics was 
$13.03 in 2002. The middle 50 
percent earned between $10.50 
and $16.01. The lowest ten per- 
cent earned less than $8.73 and 
the highest ten percent earned 
more than $18.86. 

OUTLOOK: The BLS says that 
most growth in this career area 
will be created through the 
replacement of workers who 
have retired or left the industry 
for other reasons. 

LINKS: For overview of all 
equipment repair occupations, 
htm. For specific information 
about ag mechanics and other 
careers, check out this handy 
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An FFA member learns life 
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By Kaytie Hull, a member of the 
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My eighth-grade year I decided 
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dad was going to help me, I still had 
to feed and walk her every day. At 
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didn't like the smell 
and I got really mad 
when she wouldn't 
do what I told her to, 
but after some time I 
became closer to her. 
I even named her 
Buttercup. By January it was time to 
show. I had never been to a pig show 
before, even though my brother had 
shown the year before. So when I got 
there I started to watch others show 
so I would know how. When I got my 
pig ready to show, I just knew she was 
going to win first place, but it seemed 
like I had just gotten there when I 
heard, "The rest of the exhibitors are 
excused from the ring." 

The judge had officially broken 
my heart. Little did I know that that 
was one of many times that would 
happen. I showed Buttercup the rest 
of the show season and she placed 
dead last every time. Even though she 
never won, I was still very attached 
to her and when my dad told me that 
we had to take her to the butcher, my 
heart was broken. 

The next year, I decided to show 
again. It was my first year in FFA. I 
had ups and downs like everybody 
else, but I ended up making it to the 
Okmulgee County Premium Sale! This 
year I am going to show and no matter 
how I place this year, I won't let it get 
to me. I think everyone should have a 
pig like Buttercup because she taught 
me how to lose and have fun. 

Showing pigs led me to FFA, 
which has taught me so many mor- 
als, and I have met some great friends 
along the way. Thanks FFA! • 

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Fishing for success 

Mississippi's Purvis 
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Purvis FFA members construct one 
of their fish huts, which they sell to 
raise money for the chapter. 

had dropped to 35 students and 
the program was in danger of being 
closed. Not long after taking over, 
Graham started a fundraising program 
that he thought might be a small, prof- 
itable venture for the chapter. 

The idea was to build and sell 
"fish huts," artificial habitats that are 
placed in the bottoms of lakes and 
ponds to attract fish. These structures 
serve as shelters for the fish and, in 
turn, provide better fishing. 

Built primarily out of plastic drain 
pipe, the huts are submerged and after 
a month, algae begins to line the hut 
walls, attracting lots of small, hungry 
fish. This, in turn, attracts larger fish, 
who eat the smaller fish, creating an 
ecological system. 

What began as a small idea has 
turned into a big undertaking. The 
huts, built and delivered by FFA 
members, have been a hit with local 
anglers. After creating a community- 
wide buzz, Bassmaster, a national 
fishing publication, printed a story 
about the huts and now the chapter 
is getting national attention. "We are 
getting calls from all over the coun- 
try — Maryland, Nebraska, even as far 
away as Oregon," Graham says. 

Purvis FFA was able to use funds 
from the hut sales to reinstate its 
annual chapter banquet and to fund 
trips for FFA teams. 

Perhaps the greatest part of this 
fish tale is what the project has done 
for the students. "It has given them a 
sense of pride and a reason to hold 
their heads high," Graham says. "They 
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A: Because he was peeling. 

Heather Brown 

Dade City, Florida 

Q: When is a farmer like a 

A: When he turns his cow to 

Brian Enderli 
Pontiac, Illinois 

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Q: What do you call a rural spy? 

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Lake City, Minnesota 

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The Agrinuts 

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Q: What do you call a donkey from 

A: A brrr-o. 

Samantha Hudson 

Ponce de Leon, Florida 

Q: What do you call a boomerang 

that doesn't work? 

A: A stick. 

Whitney Taylor 

Pryor, Oklahoma 

Q: What did the cabbage preacher 
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Carthage, Missouri 

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Malachi Maurer 

Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania 

Q: What's the difference between a 
fish and a piano? 

A: You can't tuna fish. 

Alberto Duran 

Delano, California 

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Stetson Zimmerman 

St. George, Utah 

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Ttyan Miller 

Fostoria, Ohio 

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riding the turtle's back? 

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Jamie Carmony 

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Q: How do you know where to find 

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Gabriel Holdwick 

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We pay $5 for each printed joke. 
Because we receive so many jokes, we 
can't acknowledge receipt of submissions. 
E-mail jokes to or mail 
to FFA New Horizons, P.O. Box 69860, 
Indianapolis, IN 46268. Entries that do not 
include the following will not be considered: 
name, street address or rural route (no P.O. 
Box addresses) and your FFA chapter. 


































1 Bay Tech Senior High FFA Chapter 

(Jonathon Goff was a member of it) 

6 Baseball league just below the Major 
Leagues, or a kind of battery 

9 "Choose the other!": 2 wds. 

1 Brother or sister, for short 

11 Oregon, Kansas, or Massachusetts 

12 "South Park" kid 

13 Store on our "What's Hot" list 

15 "The Raven" author Edgar Allan 

17 Raggedy (kind of doll) 

18 One of the signs of the zodiac 

20 Fish (Purvis FFA Chapter innovation 

21 You weigh things on it 

25 Ag-Abilities Day (annual event 

created by Jonathan Goff) 

26 June 8th and August 19th 

27 " kiddin' me!" 

28 Crystal of the Los Banos FFA Chapter 


1 Lean- (simple structures) 

2 Picnic pest 

3 "Give break!": 2 wds. 

4 Harry (book character on our 

"What's Hot" list) 

5 Section of town 

6 "It's of things to come": 2 wds. 

7 Farm Fest (where the Midland 

Valley FFA Chapter volunteered) 

8 "You wanna make ?": 2 wds. 

14 Flatts (band on our "What's Hot" 


15 DVD player remote control button 

16 space (high in the sky) 

18 Not we 

19 Govt, branch that the FSA is a part of 

22 Off-road rider, for short 

23 Brand of blue jeans 

24 Curvy letter 

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Dispatches from FFA chapters across the nation 

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High fives for 75 

The Slocumb FFA Chapter recently celebrated its 75th anni- 
versary. The chapter received its charter on May 14, 1930, just 
two years after the formation of the national Future Farmers of 
America organization. At the chapter banquet this spring, cur- 
rent Slocumb FFA members created and delivered a computer 
presentation documenting the chapter's history. The Alabama 
Senate honored the chapter with a congratulatory resolution. 
The town's mayor also recognized the achievement. In this 
photo, chapter vice president Brandon Smith (left) displays the 
honors from the state senate and mayor, while president Daniel 
Byrd holds the original chapter charter. 

Reporting by Brandon Smith, Slocumb FFA Chapter 
vice president 

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What's happening in your chapter? 

Send your news, along with a high-quality photo to: 

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