South Hardin FFA News

                                             Successful at State Convention

The 85th annual Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference was held on April 21-23, 2013.  We had several members participate in different conference contests.  There was a group of four that participated in the Farm Business Management contest.  Garrett, Hunter, Mitchell, and John participated in this contest and they received a Gold Rating.  Michaela and Vince took the Greenhand Quiz and they both received a Silver Rating.  The last group of people who participated into a contest were Alyx, Michaela, Emily, and Naomi.  These four individuals participated in the Chapter Display contest.  Kyle, Alyx, and John also received their Iowa Degree at the convention.


FFA members helped to package meals during the Hardin County meal packaging event in November.  Members also were able to count the meals that they packed towards the National FFA’s goal of packaging 1 million meals to help those in need before the National Convention in 2014.

South Hardin FFA Host Back to School BBQ

The South Hardin FFA chapter held a back to school barbeque in August at Deer Park. Incoming freshmen and their families were invited to attend and learn more about becoming members. The chapter officers grilled burgers and served chips and desserts. Hy Vee donated the burgers and members provided desserts. The members shared the variety of opportunities that are available to students involved in FFA.  The chapter plans to make the barbeque an annual event. It is important to encourage freshmen to become involved in high school and FFA provides a wonderful opportunity and many experiences for them. 

                                                               Soil Judging CDE and Greenhand Fire-up

FFA members took part in the Soil Judging Contest up at Ellsworth Community College.  The members were: Ben, Emily M., Andrea, Megan, Naomi, Hannah, Michaela and Vince.  The students were split up and judged four different soil pits based on their color, texture and location on the landscape.  

Potential FFA members had a chance to attend the FFA Greenhand Fire-up.  There the students were able to meet other new members, talk to the district officers, and learn about FFA by doing a variety of fun and entertaining games and role-plays.  The members that attended this event include: Jacob, Zach, Quinton, Zack, Ty, Tom, Aden, Aaron, Taylor, Lane, Cody, and Stephen.


Williams Receives Highest Degree Awarded by FFA

Katherine Williams, an out of school South Hardin FFA member and student at Iowa State University, recently received her American FFA Degree at the National FFA Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky this fall. The National FFA Degree is designed to recognize FFA members who have a profitable Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program and have invested time and money into their projects.  While in high school Williams kept excellent records on her small flock of sheep and exhibited them at both the Hardin County Fair and the Iowa State Fair where she did very well with them in the shows.  The American Degree is the highest award and honor an FFA member can receive while still a member of the organization. Congratulations Katie!

Students attend National Convention 2013

The 86th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo was held at Louisville, Kentucky this year.  There were six students lucky enough to get selected to go on this trip.  The trip lasted four long days with a long car ride to and from Kentucky along with a lot of exciting things to see in Kentucky.  The students left on October 29th and returned on November 2nd.  Some of the exciting sites that the students visited included the Kentucky Horse Park, Church Hill Downs, and the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory.  At the Kentucky Horse Park the students were able to walk around to see different horses including Western Dreamer, Won the West, Funny Cide and Cigar.  Those four horses are retired horse racers, but had won many big races.  Then at the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory, the students                                                                             were able to take a tour of the factory, see some history on the bats, and also to see how they were made.  At the end of the tour each student received a little Louisville Slugger Bat to remember their visit to the Louisville Slugger Bat Factory.  While at theConvention, the members listened to inspirational speakers, took part in workshops, and roamed through the career show.  One of the speakers that the students heard to was Rick Pitino.  Rick Pitino is the head coach for the University of Louisville boys basketball team.  Pitino talked about a 10-step process on how to motivate yourself.  Pitino shared some stories that happened in his own life to show his motivation and willingness to help others do good and succeed.  While at the convention, Katy Williams received her American Degree.  The American Degree is the highest honor/degree that you can receive in FFA. To be qualified for this degree you need to have a successful SAE(Supervised Agricultural Experience), several community service hours and meet several more qualification.  The members had a fun trip to Louisville, but were glad to be back home after only four days. 

      First Place at Livestock Judging at the

                           County Fair

During the Hardin County Fair four members took part in the Livestock Judging Contest.  For this contest, participants judged three different species.  The species are sheep, swine, and cattle.  From each species there is a market and breeding group with four animals in each pen.  The participants rate the animals from one to four in the market/breeding qualities they saw.  An expert for the species also judged the breed for the official results.  There are individual scores along with a team score.  The four that competed took First Place in the team event.  Members who participated in this event were: Alyx, John, Bryce, Naomi.

South Hardin FFA Chapter Holds Banquet

On May 21, 2013, the South Hardin FFA Chapter held their annual end-of-the-year banquet in the South Hardin auditorium. At the banquet, awards were presented to contest participants, seniors, and Greenhand and Chapter degree recipients. The retiring 2012-2013 officer team (Kyle - President; John - Vice President; Crosley - Secretary; Naomi - Reporter; Levi - Treasurer; and Garrett - Sentinel) introduced the 2012-2013 officer team (Naomi - President; Hannah - Vice President; Michaela - Secretary; Emily - Reporter; Vince - Treasurer; and Kolton - Sentinel), who then concluded the banquet. The 2012-13 Iowa FFA President Steven Brockshus was on hand to deliver a keynote speech to motivate the group to work together and never give up no matter the obstacles they encounter in life.  The banquet was well attended by both members and their families.

  Drive your Tractor to School Day

Students drove tractors to school in March 19,2013 for National Ag Day.  The students wanted to raise awareness about the agriculture industry in the community and with other students.  The students that participated had a wide array of different types of tractors from old to new, cabbed to cab less. Pictured here are a few of the tractors that were brought to the high school. In total about ten members and their tractors were present.