I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds - achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so--for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
The creed was written by E. M. Tiffany, and adopted at the 3rd National Convention of the FFA. It was revised at the 38th Convention and the 63rd Convention.
Up Coming Events
February 27: FFA Speeches for the Speech contest are due!
March 3: Speech Contest
March 18: Chapter member and parent and invited guests Banquet
The Elmwood FFA participated in the National FFA week from February 16th to the 22nd. FFA members dressed in plaid and as a farmer throughout the week. On Thursday and Friday, members wore their FFA jacket and FFA t-shirt. The chapter also had a loudest truck and shiniest truck contest which were won by Rachel Windish and Patrick Hayes. On Wednesday and Thursday, some members went down to the grade school and talked to the elementary children about FFA and Agriculture while playing games like “dig for worms”, a pedal tractor race, and “dress like a farmer” relay race.
On February 20, 2014, five members of the Elmwood FFA attended the Poultry contest at Midland High School. Maggie Harms, Andrew Jordan, Erica Kane, Nick McCoy and Jenna Musgrave spent about two hours judging live hens, market birds, processed poultry, interior and exterior of eggs, and identified twenty parts of a chicken. The team placed 3rd and Erica received 7th place in top ten individual rankings.
Section SAE Contest
On February 13, 2014 the Elmwood Chapter took nine members to the Section SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience aka Record Books) Contest. The contest began at 5:30 at Princeville High School. Each member was judged individually on their SAE book and an interview by two to three judges. Results for the contest are the following: Maddie Caldwell: Ag Communications- 1st place; McCabe Coulter: Diversified Ag- Chapter Winner; Courtney Forney: Turf Grass Management- Chapter Winner; Erica Kane: Diversified Livestock- Chapter Winner, Poultry Production- 2nd place, and Small Animal Production and Care-2nd place; Nick McCoy: Ag Services- Chapter Winner; Brooke Parrish: Equine Science (Placement)-2nd place; Jared Roberts: Vegetable Production- 3rd place; Luke Windish: Oil Crop Production- 1st place; and Rachel Windish: Equine Science (Entrepreneur)- 1st place. Maddie, Rachel, and Luke will go on to the district level on March 12 in Geneseo. The chapter would also like to thank Lawrence Kane, Susan Sherwood, Mark Vicary, Kim Weems, and Mike Windish for volunteering as judges for the night.
Congratulations Brooke for placing 10th at the Job Interview contest at State!!!
Wanted: Past Pictures
If anyone out there has any past pictures of Elmwood FFA activites, where it be contest, shows, conventions, or of advisers, you can either email them to the Elmwood FFA or post them on the website.
Erica Kane, Chapter Reporter
Also, if anyone remembers anything about the 1968 Elmwood Steer Show please email us the information, so it can be put on record.
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