South Hardin FFA News


FFA members helped to package meals during the Iowa Convention meal packing event in April.  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 2015.

Soil Judging CDE and Greenhand Fire-up

FFA members took part in the Soil Judging Contest up at NIACC.  The members were: Vince, Sean, Andrea, Andy, Josh, Mackenzie, Michaela, Emily, Seth, Megan, Ben, Zach, Eli, Lane, and Ty. 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: Spencer, Thomas, Alexis, Sarah, Jordan, Ellie, Sybil and Megan.


Students attend National Convention 2015

The 88th Annual National FFA Convention and Expo was held at Louisville, Kentucky this year.  There were three 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 27th and returned on October 31st.  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 the Convention, 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 Rigsby.  Rick Rigsby is an ordained minister, motivational speaker, and author.  Rigsby talked about making an impact not just an impression. Rigsby shared some stories that happened in his own life to show his motivation and willingness to help others do good and succeed.The members had a fun trip to Louisville, but were glad to be back home after only four days. 

South Hardin FFA Chapter Holds Banquet

On May 21, 2015, 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 2014-2015 officer team (Vince - President; Emily - Vice President; Megan - Secretary; Jordyn - Reporter; Michaela - Treasurer; and Sean - Sentinel) introduced the 2015-2016 officer team (Emily - President; Michaela - Vice President; Megan - Secretary; Ben - Reporter; Vince - Treasurer; and Sean - Sentinel), who then concluded the banquet. The banquet was well attended by both members and their families. 



Successful at State Convention
The 87th annual Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference was held on April 21-23, 2015.  We had several members participate in different conference contests. Members who attended included; Stephen, Zac, Josh, Bart, Ryan, Michaela, Emily, Andrea, Mackenzie, and Lane. Members attend had the privilege to take a tour of Reiman Gardens. Lane and Zac took the Greenhand Quiz and they both received a Silver Rating. Bart received his Iowa Degree at the convention.

South Hardin FFA Host Back to School BBQ
The South Hardin FFA chapter held a back to school barbecue 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. 

National FFA Week

The South Hardin FFA officers planed an exciting FFA week for members, staff, and other students. Committee members planned and prepared a burrito breakfast for members and staff. Officers also planned a fun activities for all students and faculty to participate in. A committee also planned a school wide FFA emblem scavenger hunt. It consisted of dressing like a farmer, doing chores, the animals call race, corralling pigs, a peddle tractor race and finding a penny in a pool of corn. The activities were exciting to participate in and FFA week 2016 was a major success!

Students 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: Emily, Brant, Cale, and Michaela.

Drive your Tractor to School Day
Students drove tractors to school in March 23, 2016 for FFA Week.  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.