BLOG SUBMISSION RULES

Hey Idaho FFA! Thanks for your interest in submitting a post to our blog! Here you can find information about how the blog will work and also the rules you will need to follow. 

How the blog will work: 

At the beginning of every month we will post what the prompt is for following month. We will take submissions until the very last day of the month and then when the following month begins, we will post your submissions!

For example: At the beginning of May we posted that the prompt was, "What is your FFA Story?" You will have until May 31st to send us your submission to that prompt. Then when June begins, we will post your submissions on the blog as well as put out a new prompt for the following month! 

When you are all done with your writing, make sure to attach some pictures that go with your story! We also ask that you send in the following information: Name, Chapter, Title of your Submission, and a picture of you! 

Members, Advisors, Community Members and Supporters are all welcome to submit to the blog. 

You will email your submission and pictures to sydneyp.idahoffa@gmail.com 

Clear as mud? If you have questions you can contact sydneyp.idahoffa@gmail.com

Rules for the blog: 

Every person who wishes to participate in the blog has the opportunity to do so. However, there are some guidelines to follow. If you fail to follow the rules, we will NOT publish your submission and we WILL contact your FFA advisor. 


1. Keep it Appropriate- No bad words, references or inappropriate language.

2. Be Respectful- In FFA we encourage you to lift each other up, not put each other down. Simply put: do not be mean to anyone in your post. 

3. Spell Check- Make sure that you have someone check over your post for grammar errors! If you have errors, we will send it back to you for you to fix. 

4. Word Count- Keep your submission between 400-1,000 words.


We are excited to read your submissions! Remember, when you submit a post you are representing not only your home chapter but also the Idaho FFA! Keep it clean, respectful, and fun. Happy blogging! 

 

Cass by the Corn

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I’m very blessed that I have a whole year to give back to such an amazing organization that has given so much to me! This year I’m excited to get to hangout with the coolest high schoolers in Idaho and learn more about the agriculture industry.


What college, major, and future career are you planning?

I plan on becoming a Vandal and attending the University of Idaho this fall where I will be double majoring in Agricultural Communications and Leadership and Agriculture Education. I’m not sure yet if I want to be an ag teacher or start a career in the agricultural communications field. But, either way I plan on an ag related career path, so stay tuned to see what decision I make on that!


Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA

One of the most meaningful FFA experiences that I have had was my time at the Washington Leadership Conference. I attended WLC the summer going into my junior year of high school. Throughout the week, not only did I get to see our nation’s beautiful capital, but I also got to take time to create a service project to bring back into my community, and reflect on the opportunities that we have as FFA members. My week in D.C. really showed me the true meaning of service, I made some amazing friends and found even more passion for FFA.


What do you do outside of FFA?

I love being busy! When I’m not doing FFA stuff, you can find me boating, four wheeling, playing beach volleyball, or running. I love spending time with my spectacular group of friends and family, a good car jam session, and hanging with my dog Remmington.


What is your SAE Project?

In the spring of 2016, my sister and I started our lawn care business that we have ran for three summers now. It was pretty cool to see our own urban twist to SAEs come to life and develop throughout the years. This past summer I really wanted to get “the full FFA experience” and show an animal at the fair. So, with the help of advisors and fellow FFA members, I showed two sheep (Ben and Ivanka) at the Western Idaho Fair. It was a great learning experience and I am very glad I was able to take advantage of the opportunity.


What is your mission for the year?

My mission for this year is to live in the moment, especially when with FFA members! I am starting a year full of meeting and interacting with some of the most intelligent high schoolers in the state and I want to make sure I am taking advantage of every opportunity to learn more and serve members.


Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

You can always catch me throwing up peace signs obnoxiously in any situation, oh and I am DEFINITELY the cooler twin (don’t tell Sydney).


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DOOR! DOOR! DOOR!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

This year, I hope to meet and interact with as many Idaho FFA members as possible!  I love that every member has a different story, but we can all unite in the blue jackets together.  I can’t wait to learn and be inspired by all of your stories! I am also excited to have the opportunity to travel across the state to many different chapters to learn about their traditions and better understand Idaho agriculture.



What college, major, and future career are you planning?

This fall, I will be attending the University of Idaho to double major in Agribusiness and Accounting.  I intend on having a career in agribusiness, and I am excited to see what opportunities college has to offer!



Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

One of the most meaningful experiences I have had in FFA was having the opportunity to attend the National Soils competition in Oklahoma City.  While on this trip, I got to compete in my favorite Career Development Event and be inspired by what FFA is truly about. This experience was the first opportunity I had in FFA that truly pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I met many people from across the country, but I also became lifelong friends with the team from the Preston chapter that we traveled with. This is the first time I met none other than your 2019-2020 State President, Herman Roberts.  Herman truly changed my life on this trip because he initiated our shy, exclusive Troy team to get out of their comfort zones and make new friends. I am forever thankful that he initiated that experience because it taught me the importance of inclusivity and showed me how big of an impact FFA could have on my life.



What do you do outside of FFA?

Outside of FFA, I am very involved in other extracurricular activities at my school while keeping up with my SAE projects.  Some of the other activities I have been involved in include: cross country, basketball, softball, Business Professionals of America, National Honor Society, and Student Government.  When I’m not participating in these events, I love spending time with my friends and family! I love hiking, kayaking, and going for drives on the beautiful back roads of Idaho!



What is your SAE Project?

I have two SAE projects: raising Angus X Charolais beef cattle and showing them at the Latah County Fair and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska!  I have been raising cattle on my family’s small-scale cattle ranch, and I currently own 13 head of my own. I have shown a steer at the county fair for nine years as well!  My dad owns a commercial fishing boat in Kenai, Alaska where I have spent three summers fishing for him. We drift gillnet for salmon, and I have also brought some fish back home to direct market in the local area.



What is your mission for the year?

This year, my mission is to ensure that every student feels included and welcome in FFA.  I hope to help members find themselves, and their passion, through this amazing organization by activating their full potential in leadership and career success.  I also hope to grow and develop as an individual and leader by being inspired and having fun with Idaho FFA members!



Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I LOVE chocolate milk, traveling, and my black lab puppy!

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Syd is JUMPING for FFA!

What are you most excited about for your state officer year?

I am most excited to get to know Idaho FFA members! From what I’ve experienced already, you guys are pretty awesome and I can’t wait to spend my year with all of you. I am also really excited to learn more about agriculture in Idaho!

What college, major, and future career are you planning?

Starting this fall I will be attending the University of Idaho where I will be studying agriculture communications and leadership. I am not set on what exact career I want, but I know it will be within the agriculture industry.

Tell about a meaningful experience you have had in FFA?

Participating in the agriculture communications career development event was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had in FFA. This competition helped me realize the endless options of career opportunities in the agriculture industry. Competing at the national level really was a great experience, but also helped me discover my own potential.

What do you do outside of FFA?

Throughout high school, outside of FFA I was involved in several other activities like; cross country, basketball, track, yearbook, and FCA. When I’m with my friends, we are either going on runs together, swimming , or playing sand volleyball. In the summer you can find me on the lake, out on the trails, or just in the mountains!

What is your SAE Project?

For the past four years, my SAE project has been operating a lawn care business. My sister and I would work about three days every week, mowing a trimming yards around the Treasure Valley. Along with my lawn care business, last year I raised and showed two lambs for the Western Idaho Fair. I’m grateful for both of my SAE projects, as I have learned a lot from them!

What is your mission for the year?

My mission for this year is to help members find their own passion in this organization. And of course a HUGE part of my mission is to have FUN with Idaho FFA members!

Is there something else you would like FFA members to know about you?

I love running, donuts (specifically Krispy Kreme glazed donuts), and if you can’t tell already... I have a thing for jumping pics!


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