As long as this isn’t your first time here, it should be no surprise to you my love for the blue corduroy jacket.
Anytime FFA comes up in conversation, I’m the first to back the program, the first to tout its benefits and the first to encourage any kid, farm kid or not, to join one of the best youth organizations in the world. Heck, it’s the one thing I’m going to require my kid to try, at least once. Well, that and vegetables, I guess.
FFA has been top of conversation this week (at least among my friends because the number of my friends who were members of FFA number in the…well, a lot). Why? Because it’s National FFA Week!
Each chapter, section, district and state association celebrates its own way, but the end result is always the same: bringing attention to and celebrating an organization that changes youth for the better.
So, in honor of National FFA Week, this week’s Weekly Round Up is all things FFA:
- This blog. Oh, I just love this blog so much. This FFA mom put the highlights of FFA into words in such an awesome way. SO. WORTH. THE. READ.
- This. Because it’s oh so true.
- Don’t know a whole lot about FFA? Don’t worry, I can help – in infographic form! If that’s not enough, or it just piqued your interest, check out www.FFA.org or www.illinoisffa.org.
- Another I-wasn’t-in-FFA-but-doggone-it-I-wish-I-would-have-been blog, this time from our friends at Mackinson Dairy Farm. Mary, who didn’t have an agriculture program available to her in high school, is now married to an agriculture teacher and gets to see firsthand, day-in and day-out, how FFA benefits the kids who decide to join. It’s an excellent perspective, and there are cute pictures of her daughter (in a little, tiny FFA jacket!) included. Win-win.
- Oh, and this one, too. I’m sorry — I just can’t help myself.
- Oh, Culver’s, you’ve discovered more than one way to my heart! For every view of the video below, Culver’s will donate a $1 to the National FFA Organization — up to $50,000!
- And this. It isn’t making the rounds on the internet because it’s not a meme and it’s not a picture of anyone famous. It’s just me and a shout out of four of my favorite guys who were my partners in ‘crime’ and my big brothers for the entire year we served as Illinois Association FFA state officers. In the words of my buddy, Bruce, they were, and still are, pretty awesome.