Any way you slice it, we are thankful for our 2020 supporters who have invested in growing and cultivating the next generation of agriculturists and leaders. Thank you to ALL of our 2020 donors and Star Partners!
FRIENDS OF THE IDAHO FFA
Each year, the Notus FFA serves their local community through their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Food Drive, which provides Thanksgiving dinner boxes to those in need over the holiday season and this year was no different. With a need greater than before, they gathered supplies and packed items into 35 boxes, up from their typical 25. Each box is packed to the brim with items to make a Thanksgiving dinner, as well as pantry essentials to help their households after the holidays.
“This program is important because it is helping families and those who need food, and giving them a Thanksgiving,” said Kenzi Clemens, Notus FFA President, “I didn’t realize how much of a need there was in our community.”
LEADING THE WAY
All items in the boxes are donated through a school-wide food drive hosted by the student council, donated to the local food pantry, or are purchased with funds donated for the program. Items are donated and collected prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Then, a Notus FFA advisor and chapter members go to the grocery store to pick up the rest of the needed items using the funds from various donors, including a sponsorship from Beniton Construction to purchase all the turkeys and a National FFA Day of Service Grant.
This year’s boxes included: a frozen turkey, a tin roaster pan, fried onions, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, yams, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, stuffing, evaporated milk, instant potatoes, pumpkin pie filling, pie crusts, turkey gravy packets, oil, canned fruit, oatmeal, canned corn, sugar, flour, pickles, olives, turkey bags, butter, dry beans, peanut butter, dried cherries, potato flakes, canned pinto beans, canned peaches, canned carrots, canned corn, bread, and onions.
After the items are gathered, FFA members pack each box and hand them out to each family.
SKILLS BEYOND SERVICE
In addition to serving their community, Notus FFA members are learning valuable skills by planning and executing this community service event.
“I didn’t know how to put a program like this on before,”said Kenzi, “By participating, I have gained time management, scheduling and organization skills.”
Peyton Stoddard is a member of the Shelley FFA Chapter where she serves as the Shelley FFA Vice President and the South Upper Snake River District Treasurer. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience is Agriculture Placement in vegetable and flower production where she works on her family’s farm and at the Idaho Falls Farmer’s Market in the summer alongside her parents selling fresh produce and flowers to her local community. At Bloomin’ Acres, the Stoddard’s grow zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, raspberries, and an assortment of flowers to sell during the summer, as well as pumpkins and winter squash to sell during the fall months on their 2-acre farm. Her family has been selling fresh produce at the farmer’s market for 17 years.
“I started working at the Farmer’s Market when I was 10 years old,” said Peyton, “My favorite part of being at the market is that it gives me an opportunity to share my love of agriculture with my community.”
INNOVATION DRIVES GROWTH
At the start of Bloomin’ Acres the focus was on fresh cut flowers, but through the years, attention shifted away from flowers and to produce, which quickly became the sole emphasis of the business. This year, Peyton decided to bring the flowers back to the family farm and sell them at the farmers market alongside their produce.
“I wanted to bring the flowers back because flowers are so fun and bring so much color to the area they’re growing in, as well as our booth at the farmer’s market,” said Peyton, “It was fun to see people’s faces light up as they came to buy flowers.”
Peyton took the initiative and restarted the fresh cut flower business, spending countless hours managing and upkeeping her gladiolus, zinnias, sunflowers, and dahlias. Her hard work quickly paid off. In just six weeks at the farmer’s market, she sold over a thousand flowers, including flowers for a wedding. Through this endeavor, Peyton has gained many skills, expanded her horizons, and also overcame many challenges.
“One of the most difficult parts of being in charge of the flowers was that I had to be very organized and possess a lot of self-discipline in order to make the flowers grow successfully- which is not always easy,” said Peyton, “I have learned a ton of from my SAE project about agriculture and business but the most important lesson I feel like I have learned is how to work hard and have self-discipline. Those skills will help me in whatever field or direction I take in life.”
SERVING HER COMMUNITY
In addition to providing delicious produce and beautiful flowers, Peyton is also teaching her local community members about the importance of agriculture and the role it plays in everyone’s lives.
“A lot of people don't completely understand how agriculture works and being able to share that with the community is so awesome,” said Peyton, “My SAE project helps my community because the people are able to come and get fresh food from people that they know and they can feel confident that their food is healthy and they know what's gone into growing that food. I hope people can learn something from me and my family's farm, other people's farms, and agriculture.”
Agriculture educators are far more than just teachers or FFA advisors. They play a critical role in student success by working as the cornerstone for student exposure to agriculture and a springboard for opportunities and growth. From a student’s very first class to their last one, agriculture educators work tirelessly connecting their students with opportunities, encouraging them to try new things, and exposing them to new experiences and ideas.
If you ask anyone about their time in the blue jacket, they will almost always mention the impact their ag teacher had on them and their experience. That is because the role an ag teacher plays is instrumental to their success and overall experience. Ag teachers are a student’s loudest cheerleader, biggest advocate, and catalyst for growth.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Bailey Grove, 2020-2021 Idaho FFA State Reporter, knows firsthand the important role an ag teacher plays on an FFA member’s journey. Bailey does not hail from an agriculture background and while both her parents participated in FFA, she had no plans on joining herself. Yet on her 1st day of school, she enrolled in an agriculture course and was quickly hooked on the blue jacket.
“My ag teacher, Mr. Hoffman, navigated me towards my interests and showed me all that FFA and agriculture had to offer,” said Bailey, “After I spoke the Creed and attended State Leadership Conference that year, I was hooked.”
At that point, Bailey jumped in headfirst into all things FFA by competing in as many Career and Leadership Development Events and attending as many FFA conferences as possible. By the beginning of her junior year, that hard work, started to pay off when she qualified for the National Soils contest and was elected to be the North Idaho District Reporter.
With each new achievement, came new interests and areas to explore, and there the whole time encouraging that growth and helping in every way possible, was Mr. Hoffman. While the District Reporter, Bailey became interested in marketing and communications, which led to participating in the Marketing Plan CDE. Her team went on to win the Idaho FFA State Marketing Plan CDE contest and then competed at the 2019 National FFA Convention.
A LASTING IMPACT
Each step of the way, Mr. Hoffman played an instrumental role. From encouraging Bailey to pursue this interest, to connecting her to resources necessary for success, to supporting her every step of the way, Mr. Hoffman served as the springboard for new experiences, opportunities, and growth. Through the good times and bad, Mr. Hoffman stood as a constant, continuously opening doors for new experiences. Now looking back, Bailey realizes the lasting impact FFA and her ag teacher had on her.
“As a freshman, I was super introverted. I had no confidence and I could not speak in front of people. Joining FFA changed that,” said Bailey, “I wouldn’t be here without Mr. Hoffman.”
Because of these cumulative experiences, Bailey now plans to become an agriculture educator herself.
“I realize how important FFA was to me and the impact my ag teacher had on me,” said Bailey, “I want to pay it forward and be to students what Mr. Hoffman was to me.”
Regardless of your background, your interests, or where you are from, every student can find a home and success in the FFA. Agriculture educators take students and mold them into their full potential by exposing them to different opportunities and guiding them along various avenues, they are the cornerstone of growth for students everywhere.
In order to support local schools and teachers, Peterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Nampa, Idaho, created their Back to School Appreciation Project. Every year in the month of September, $100 from every new vehicle sale is donated to pre-selected school programs and projects that need funding. This year, a total of $19,587 has been pledged to 12 programs to enhance agriculture education for treasure valley students!
This project doesn’t just give Peterson the chance to provide much-needed supplies to schools, but also gives their customers a chance to make an impact in their communities as well. A display table with all of the grant requests are setup on the showroom floor explaining the various projects and how they will benefit students. Customers gain an insight on the importance of agriculture education programs and the diverse curriculum students are exposed to, then choose which project they would like their donation to be applied to.
This year’s projects were not only funded by Peterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Their sister store, Peterson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac will also fund projects for local agriculture education programs.
The program, started in 2014, has raised over $70,000 for local schools since its inception.
“Agriculture is a part of our daily lives – from the food we eat to the cloths we wear. We understand how important it is to help provide the right tools to these students. The equipment that is purchased through this program not only benefits current students, but future students as well. Our hope is that with the money raised, the students can enhance their hands on education to better prepare them to enter the workforce,” said Marie Wallingford, Peterson DCJR Customer Experience Specialist.
SAVE THE DATE
To celebrate this year’s program, Peterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Ram will host local area FFA Chapter on September 12th from 8:00 to 4:00 p.m.. FFA members will be selling Idaho FFA Tractor Raffle Tickets- a program where 90% of each ticket goes directly to Idaho FFA chapters. For every person that purchases a Tractor Raffle Ticket, they will be given a red raffle ticket from Peterson’s for a chance to win one of two gift baskets with all kinds of great items in it. Mad Mac Food Truck will also be on site from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m. serving some delicious Mac & Cheese dishes.
Thank you to Peterson Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Ram and Peterson Chevrolet Buick Cadillac for your support of Idaho FFA and agriculture education programs in your local communities!
The 2020 National Awards in Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Award, and Agricultural Proficiency Awards have been announced. Idaho FFA was well represented on the National stage with 16 proficiency awards, 8 Agriscience Fair awards and 10 National Chapter Awards. Of those awards, there are 4 proficiency National Finalists, 3 Agriscience Fair National Finalists, and 1 National Chapter Award National Finalist! Congratulations to the chapters and members on such an incredible accomplishment!
Agricultural Proficiency Awards
National Chapter Awards
National Agriscience Fair
Congratulations to our 8 Agriscience Fair Award Winners, including the 3 NATIONAL FINALISTS!
The National FFA Agriscience Fair recognizes student researchers studying the application of agricultural scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. The agriscience fair is for middle and high school students. Participation begins at the local level and progresses to state and national levels.
Congratulations to all members and chapters and best of luck to our National Finalists as they compete at the National FFA Convention!
Nampa, Idaho-based Valley Wide Cooperative, and benevolence partner Arden Hills, Minnesota based cooperative Land O’Lakes, came together to donate $22,000 to the Parma FFA Chapter. The money will be used to help build a greenhouse at Parma High School that will provide years of engaging education around plants and horticulture.
Janine Johnson, Parma FFA chapter advisor, said, “We are so thankful to be receiving this donation towards building a greenhouse that will grow and develop our plant science program.”
Plants grown in the greenhouse are sold in the spring to raise money for chapter activities. Some chapters raise up to $15,000 each spring and those funds pay for lab supplies, study materials, FFA jackets, conference registration fees, and more. In addition to raising funds, greenhouses offer students hands on learning experiences, exposing them to disciplines such as plant sciences, horticulture, nursery and landscape management, agronomy, floriculture, and more. This exposure gives students an insight into the various career pathways within plant sciences and provides them with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge for success.
"We are so thankful for Valley Wide Cooperative's support of not only the Idaho FFA Foundation, but also the chapters that make up the Idaho FFA Association," said Marcia Jedry, "Their continuous commitment to our students and programs helps secure the future of the Idaho agriculture industry."
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
− Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
− Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
− Student leadership organizations, like FFA
Since 1920, Valley Wide Cooperative has been helping farmers and ranchers build their homes and businesses through dedication and expertise. Valley Wide Cooperative engages in every community they do business in and helps to cultivate and strengthen the current and upcoming generation of ag and industry leaders.
Since the inception of the Tractor Raffle program 11 years ago, G&R Ag Products has been a proud sponsor every step of the way. Over the years, as the program has evolved to further promote agricultural education and reach new audiences, the Idaho FFA Foundation has been able to rely on support from G&R Ag Products. From the very first antique tractor, to the 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000, G&R has supported, advocated for, and promoted the Tractor Raffle Program.
“We have been involved in it ever since Sid and his wife started it many years ago and have been able to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers through this program,” said Curt Ruehl, Owner of G&R Ag Products, “We work directly with the farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry so supporting this program is all part of what makes Idaho one of the ag leaders in the nation.”
For this year’s program, G&R Ag Products has graciously provided a custom-built sprayer for the Ranger. The sprayer contains a 50-gallon tank with a 5.3 gallon a minute spray rate and a 25-foot spray pattern with 30 feet of hose. On its way to the Owyhee County Fair, the Ranger stopped by G&R Ag Products to be fitted for its custom sprayer.
The Idaho FFA Foundation is grateful for G&R Ag Products continuous support and their dedication towards providing for the next generation of leaders the tools necessary for success. “We are blessed to have G&R Ag Products as a lifetime supporter of the tractor Raffle Program, it is because of people like Curt that this program continues to grow and give back to our students in the form of not only scholarships but also chapter support,” said Marcia Jedry CAE, Idaho FFA Foundation Executive Director.
Thank you, G&R for your continuous support! We look forward to the next 11 years.
Now more than ever we need to support agriculture education in Idaho, these students are the next generation of agriculturists and leaders in Idaho and the key to ensuring long term success of the Idaho agriculture industry.
With the new match MicronGives has announced for Micron employees, you can be a part of securing the future for the most essential industry, agriculture. Throughout 2020, donations made by Micron employees through the MicronGives program have been increased to receive a 2:1 match from Micron (this is usually a 1:1 match). For example, if a Micron employee donated $125, or one FFA Jacket, Micron will add an additional $250, for a total of 3 FFA jackets!
This program is limited to $10,000 (for a $30,000 total donation) per Micron employee and the total amount matched is limited, once these funds are exhausted the matches for 2020 will be done. If you have already donated previously and would just like Micron to provide matching funds for that donation, this is an option as well.
If you are a Micron employee, the Idaho FFA Foundation humbly asks you to allocate your donation and match dollars towards the Idaho FFA Foundation so you can support all of Idaho FFA. With your help, we can pave the way for our future leaders and agriculturists to thrive and grow, regardless of the circumstances.
The Idaho FFA Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
To learn more about the Idaho FFA Foundation and how you can become involved, please contact:
Marcia Jedry CAE, Executive Director
Idaho FFA Foundation, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 827, Star, ID 83669