The Central A&M FFA chapter has had a very busy 2019-2020 school year thus far! Members have been active in contests, conventions, training schools, workshops, conferences, and much, much more!
The Central A&M FFA Chapter was charted on July 1, 1992 with the consolidation of the Assumption and Moweaqua schools. Over the years, our chapter has had continued success, whether that is with contests or in training individuals to be outstanding leaders. Our members are very proud of our accomplishments and strive to do better and better each and every year.
We started off the school year by taking around 50 members to the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL. This is the nation’s largest outdoor event so it is very exciting for our members to be able to attend this and see all of the latest and greatest that agriculture has to offer! While we were there, members had the opportunity to work with New Holland and assist with their virtual reality displays they had set up for attendees to try out. This was a great way for our members to be able to network with a great agriculture company!
So far this year, the Central A&M FFA chapter has had a successful year participating in Career Development Events, more commonly known as “contests.” We have had teams place in Soil Judging, Agronomy, Ag Sales, Dairy Foods, Job Interview, Parliamentary Procedure, and Public Speaking and have many contests we are currently preparing for!
In October, we sent ten FFA members to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. While in Indianapolis, members had the opportunity to hear motivational speakers, take educational tours, meet lots of new people, and had a great time hanging out together.
Throughout the year, members have been trained to be outstanding leaders by attending the Section 16 Leadership Training School as well as being involved in all of our community service activities. We have served numerous meal functions for a variety of occasions and happenings in our communities.
On February 3rd, our chapter had two FFA members recommended to receive their State FFA Degree which they will formally receive in June at the State FFA Convention in Springfield. Ella Forlines and Aaron Schmitt were both selected to receive their degrees! On the same day, Parker Smith and Spencer Uphoff interviewed for the Star Greenhand Awards and did a wonderful job! Spencer was named the Section 16 Greenhand Star Farmer and Parker Smith was named the Section 16 Greenhand Runner-Up Star in Ag Business!
The middle of February brings proficiency judging where members have put countless hours into their Supervised Agriculture Experience Program (record books) and are interviewed on their SAE projects. This year, Central A&M FFA has 7 members participating in 12 areas.
As the year carries on, our chapter has and will continue to plan and put into action our Program of Activities, which highlights our main goals of strengthening agriculture, building communities, and growing leaders. We continued with our 4th Annual Feed the Farmers Days which were held in October. Our chapter fed a total of 150 farmers. We provided meals to them as they delivered their corn and beans to the elevators in Assumption and Moweaqua. Members had a great time delivering the meals and getting a chance to thank those farmers that put in countless hours to feed the world! We still have many projects planned for the remainder of the year and cannot wait to see how our activities will help to transform our members!
Along with all of this hard work comes a little time to play and CAM FFA members couldn’t be more excited for National FFA Week! National FFA Week is February 22 – 29, 2020 and the Central A&M FFA has a packed week in store! Monday will be Grenhand Day and Camo Day where members will dress in camo gear and we’ll celebrate those awesome greenhands! That evening we will host our exciting Bags Tournament which is always a friendly competition among the members! Tuesday will be USA Day where members can show their pride in our country and we will end the day by participating in our Section Vet Science CDE! Wednesday will be Official Dress Day where members will get to look snazzy in their nice FFA attire as well as it being Teacher Appreciation Day where we will show our appreciation to the teachers and staff at CAM for all they do for us throughout the year! Officers will be serving a hot breakfast to the staff as well as handing out special gifts. On Thursday, the FFA members will have some fun dressing like cowboys and cowgirls as well as being able to show how they roll as they get to drive in their tractors to be put on display at the south end of the football field. Friday we will end the week with FFA Shirt Day and our annual petting zoo for the high school students and the 2nd – 5th grade Gregory students. We are wrapping National FFA Week up with our 3rd Annual Community Breakfast held on Saturday, February 29th in the Central A&M High School cafeteria from 7 am – 10 am. All are welcome to attend! All throughout the week, daily agriculture trivia and cash prizes for FFA members who participate in the daily activities. FFA Week is definitely going to be a BUSY and exciting one!
Central A&M FFA has had a great year so far and expects an exciting year to come! We are very thankful to have such a supportive administration and two fantastic communities which helps us to develop the best leaders we can!