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.
For many Idaho agriculture education programs, greenhouses serve as not only an interactive teaching tool but are also a large fundraiser for the year. Even with school closures, the greenhouses are still being managed and cared for by the instructors. If you are in the market for some plants and garden essentials we encourage you to buy local and support your local agriculture education greenhouses! Below is a list of sales that are taking place across the state.
Not seeing a sale in your area? Contact the Liz Wilder, Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will connect you with a chapter in your area!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Idaho FFA Foundation has extended the Tractor Raffle until June 3, 2020. Tickets will continue to be available for purchase until the last week in May. Even with Governor Little’s stay at home order in place, you are still able to purchase tractor raffle tickets and support the Idaho FFA! To order tickets, send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tickets are sold for $20 apiece, with $10 of each ticket going directly back to the chapter that sold the ticket. If you purchase a ticket through the Foundation, you can still choose which chapter will receive half of the ticket sale. The overall goal for this year’s program is to sell 5,100 tickets, or one ticket per Idaho FFA member. If this goal is reached, $51,000 will go directly back to the Idaho FFA Chapters participating in the program. Will you help us reach our goal?
To date, $146,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 134 students from 41 chapters, with another $22,000 awarded in 2020. Click here for the list of all Tractor Raffle Scholarship recipients.
The Tractor Raffle program is unlike any other. Over the course of a year, the tractor journeys across the whole state of Idaho, travelling an estimated 5,000 miles, visiting chapters and communities. Through a collaboration with the Idaho FFA Alumni & Supporters, this program has helped grow Idaho FFA and enable Idaho FFA members to pursue post-secondary education.
Through support from generous donors the Idaho FFA Foundation has awarded $41,000 in college scholarships and $10,500 in Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships. A total of 37 students from 20 different chapters across the state were recipients.
Each year the Idaho FFA Foundation awards college scholarships to Idaho FFA members graduating from high school or enrolled in college. There are six different scholarship funds, funded from a variety of sources including tractor raffle ticket sales, endowments, and private industry support. Each fund has its own set of requirements for recipients, allowing for students from different backgrounds and interested in different pathways to receive funding to turn their goals into reality.
Washington Leadership Conference scholarships are awarded to FFA members currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school. Three different funds, each with two scholarships, are given to students to pay for their registration and travel to and from the Washington Leadership Conference hosted in Washington D.C. over the summer by the National FFA Organization.
Congratulations to the following students and thank you to the people and organizations that make these scholarships possible!
Tractor Raffle Scholarships- $1,000
Tractor Raffle Scholarships are funded through tractor raffle ticket sales and open to all Idaho FFA high school seniors, regardless of their declared majors. A minimum of one scholarship is awarded to each FFA district, distributing them across the state.
Jonathan Muniz, Meridian Madi Eberhard, Meridian
Wyatt Skovgard, Kuna Jaycee Johnson, Troy
Brenna Dunworth, Troy Kendra Murray, Genesee
Taylor Osburn, Highland-Craigmont Morgan Wood, Cambridge
Adyson Harris, Parma Abigail Winkle, Middleton
Mason Horner, Vallivue Aubrey Reese, Ridgevue
Karson King, Filer Samantha Stokesberry, Twin Falls
Autumn McCreary, Jerome Quincey Kirkpatrick, Salmon
McKenna Hunn, Preston Sarah Bateman, Declo
Tractor Raffle Agricultural Education Scholarships- $2,000 each
Scholarships are generated through tractor raffle tickets sales and awarded to high school seniors declaring a major in agriculture education.
Ellie Tesnohlidek, Fruitland Sydney Atkinson, Parma
Betaseed Scholarships- $1,000
Scholarships are funded by Betaseed, a leading sugarbeet seed brand, and granted to high school seniors with declared majors in the field of agriculture.
Annalise DeVries, Cambridge Henry Trujillo, Meridian
Dairy West Scholarships- $2,000
Dairy West provides five scholarships to Idaho FFA high school seniors, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students majoring in dairy science or dairy food science at the University of Idaho, Utah State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Brigham Young University or Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Emma Sells, Meridian Kaitlin Mirkin, Jerome Nathan Statsny, Kimberly
Katlyn Scarrow, Kimberly Cole Searle, North Fremont
J.A. Wedum Foundation Scholarships- $2,000
These scholarships are made available by the J.A. Wedum Foundation, a private family foundation based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Idaho FFA high school seniors with declared majors in animal science, pre-veterinarian, food science, or the field of agriculture. Two scholarships are given to members of Canyon County FFA Chapters and one is granted to a member of an Idaho FFA Chapter.
Emily Blattner, Kuna Joe Shaw, Parma Lauren DeVries, Cambridge
Tami Earll Daniel Memorial Scholarship- $1,000
This scholarship is in memory of Tami Earll Daniel, a member of the Melba FFA Chapter and advocate for education and agriculture. One scholarship is available for an Idaho FFA high school senior with any declared major.
Kyleigh Davis, Meridian
Dwaine Tesnohlidek WLC Scholarship
The family of Mr. Dwaine Tesnohlidek funded two WLC Scholarships in honor and memory of Mr. Tesnohlidek, a legendary former Fruitland FFA advisor, and mentor to many past Idaho FFA leaders. Students from any chapter are eligible.
Darcy Godfrey, Rigby Katie Russell, Cambridge
Sara Braasch Schmidt WLC Scholarship
The Idaho FFA Foundation Sara Braasch Schmidt Endowment was established in 2016 by Sara and her husband Jim before Sara lost her battle with cancer at the age of 45. Two WLC Scholarship were awarded in her honor and memory to students from any chapter.
Tiernan Almich, Kuna Owen Crowley, Genesee
Friends of Idaho FFA WLC Scholarships
Supporters of Idaho FFA contributed funds for WLC Scholarships during a special Paddle-Up at the 2019 Friends of Idaho FFA Banquet Auction in Twin Falls in April 2019. Two WLC Scholarships were awarded – one to a student from a Magic Valley chapter, and one to a student from any chapter in the state.
Vivian Dugan, Jerome Madison Tesnohlidek, Fruitland
Congratulations again to this year's recipients and thank you to the individuals and companies that make this program possible!