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The 2016-2017 Indiana FFA State Officer Team tap the gavel closing the 87th Indiana FFA State Convention.

FALL 2016 Indiana FFA Social Media Website: www.inffa.org -- Blog: www.indianaffa.blogspot.com Facebook: Indiana FFA Organization -- Twitter & Instagram: @IndianaFFA -- Snapchat: inffa

EMILY’S TIMELINE Freshman Year: Chapter President Chapter Star Greenhand State Dairy Foods Sophomore Year: Chapter President Chapter Star Farmer State Dairy Judging Junior Year: Chapter President District VIII Treasurer Silver - National Fiber & Oil Crop Proficiency Senior Year: Chapter President District VIII President State Soils 2nd Place - State Leadership Amabassador

Emily Dougherty State Southern Region Vice President

By Nathan Blume

GET THE FACTS Birthday: November 5, 1997 Parents: Matthew and Amy Dougherty Siblings: Eric and Ethan Hometown: Greenwood, IN FFA Chapter: Whiteland FFA Advisor: Hannah Goeb Favorite Food: Mom’s Mac and Cheese Favorite Movie: Elf Favorite Pastime: Showing Cattle Favorite Sport: Softball Favorite Animal: Cow Favorite Color: Yellow Favorite Music: Country and Christian



Attend Purdue University to study Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Economics

THE TEAM VOTED EMILY... Most likely to trip on nothing!

If I had to choose just one word to describe Emily it would be “determined.” Emily is a prime example of being a self-less leader often being the one completing task behind the scenes using her amazing ability of organization expecting nothing in return. Whether it be in the show ring, a classroom or in the community she is always willing to help others. I have no doubt that Emily will continue to use these skills to impact Indiana FFA during her year of service! - Amy Dougherty, Parent When I stepped into my role as her FFA Advisor, I was more than excited to be able to work with her and had countless plans of the many things we would help the chapter accomplish together. Any time we began a new project, contest, or event my expectations for Emily were always exceeded; as she is one of the most hardworking, determined, and passionate young ladies I have ever met. She is a true advocate for agriculture and is dedicated to advancing, promoting, and improving the industry. It has been an honor to be her FFA Advisor and I can only imagine the countless ways she will impact the Indiana FFA! - Hannah Goeb, Advisor

Colton Cooper

Chapter: Sheridan Favorite FFA Memory: Hosting petting zoos for the Sheridan elementary students. Favorite Animal: Swine Future FFA Plans: Earn my Hoosier degree and hopefully my American degree later, also running for district office.

Caitlyn Leohr

Chapter: Clay City FFA has taught me: “to go out into the world and make a difference in the lives of everyone you encounter, because you have the power to do so.” Favorite Quote: “The greatest glory in living lies not in ever failing, but in rising every time we fall.” - Nelson Mandela

MEMBER Spotlight OUR MEMBERS MAKE US SHINE! by Chaela Minor and Sneha Jogi

Annie Schoetmer

Sophie Shultz

Chapter: Batesville FFA has taught me: “to continually push myself in order to achieve my goals, to trust in my ability, and it has instilled a love for the agricultural industry.” Activities Outside of FFA: Time spent with family and friends and lots of barn time with her livestock.

Chapter: Woodlan Favorite FFA Memory: Perfecting my shopping cart dance moves and learning swing dancing at conferences. Why I Joined FFA: My first ag class was mandatory, but I quickly realized the common passion for serving others made FFA something I couldn’t wait to be a part of.


Thank You to all Our

As FFA members across the state look back upon the fond memories made in the Indiana FFA, we should remember and thank our generous sponsors for making the opportunities we have had a reality. It is a fact that Indiana FFA would not be the same without their support. Thank you to the following sponsors for their continued support of premier leadership, personal growth, and career success within the Indiana FFA!

Corporate Sponsors Diamond ($25,000 and up)

Platinum ($15,000-$24,999)


Gold ($10,000-$14,999)

Silver (5,000-9,999)

Bronze ($1,000-$4,999)

CountryMark Dunn-Wright, Inc. DuPont Pioneer Florida Fruit Association Ice Miller, LLP Indiana Soybean Alliance NAAE Purdue University Vincennes University

AgriGold Hybrids Beck’s Hybrids Bridgestone America’s Tire Operations, LLC Cargill CHS Foundation Core Farms LLC Huntington University IH Collectors Indiana Chapter 7 Indiana Electric Cooperatives Ivy Tech Communnity College Jarden Home Brands Mycogen Seeds National FFA Organization Rose Acre Farms The Andersons, Inc. Charitable Foundation U.S. Army Wabash Valley Power Association Zoetis

ADM-Beech Grove ADM-Frankfort AgReliant Genetics AgVenture McKillip Seeds Allen County Farm Bureau Bayer Crop Science Beacon Ag Group Bunge North America CAERT, Inc. Ceres Solutions, LLP CF Industries City Barbeque Cole Hardwood Conrad’s Creations Country Gardens, Inc. Crossbred Classic, Inc. Culver’s of Indianapolis Dillman Farms Dow AgroSciences Excel Heating and Cooling First Farmers Bank & Trust First Merchants Charitable Foundation

Sponsors and Donors Bronze Cont. ($1,000-$4,999) Flexifinger FMC Corporation Foremost Farms Greene County Farm Bureau, Inc. GreenMark Equipment, Inc. Harvest Land Coop. Hog Slat, Inc. Hy-Line International IASWCD Indiana AgriNews Indiana Association of Fairs, Inc. Indiana Beef Cattle Association Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Indiana First Lady’s Foundation Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association Indiana Packers Indiana Pork Producers Indiana Rural Safety and Health Ingredion JBS United, Inc. Johnson County Community Foundation, Inc. Johnson County REMC Kent Feeds Kokomo Grain Land O’ Lakes Foundation Lowe’s Pellets and Grain, Inc. Marion County Farm Bureau, Inc. MidCountry Media, Inc. Monsanto National FFA Foundation NIPSCO Ohio Technical College Pee Jay’s Fresh Fruit Poynter Sheet Metal Preferred Popcorn, LLC Remington Seeds, LLC Reynolds Farm Equipment, Inc. Scott County Farm Bureau Select Seed Shirk’s International Specialty Hybrids Stewart Seeds Suburban Propane Sullivan County FFA Alumni Tractor Supply Company Vita Plus Corporation Wilhelm Construction

Individual Donors Platinum Partners ($10,000 and up)

Silver Partners ($500 -$999)

The Hageman Foundation Scott McKain

Gary Coleman Amir Faghih Gary & Jean Geswein Summer Goldman Anthony Heavin MD & Karen Nelson Heavin David & Stacy Hefty Garry Heshelman Gerald W. Jackson Delmar Johnson Jason Morehouse Tami Neighbors Matthew & Melissa Rekeweg Lonn & Cheryl Stuckwish Helen Witte Mike & Jana Witte

Gold Partners ($1000-$9,999) Nels Ackerson David L. Allen Lawrence & Glendia Beck Brian & Elisha Buchanan Mike Caffee David & Lisa Chaudion Indiana FFA State Officers Robert & Francene Juncker Jeff & Sondra Lehman Family Dan & Jennifer Maruszewski Philip H & Sharen M Meyer Living Trust Herschel Richie David & Susan Sheets Bruce & Jill Sillery Eric & Jennifer Steiner Family Mark & Ann Timm Family Tyler & Linda Tuttle Douglas Vawter Donald & Joyce Villwock Dean Warren Bryan Webb Family Jason & Terri Zimmerman

Bronze Partners ($250 -$499) Aaron Paul Adams Thomas & Sandra Davis Paul & Kathie Donaldson Bradley Fife Cathy James Matt John Matthew & Mitzi Macaluso Joe Martin Kathy Mayberry Joe McCain Roderick B. McKee William McVay Ryan & Denise Mills Joe Park Neil Runyon Dan & Martha Webb Chris & Julia Wickard


CHAELA’S TIMELINE Freshman Year: Soil Judging Chapter Secretary Chapter Star Greenhand Sophomore Year: Soil Judging Chapter Vice President Junior Year: Chapter President District VII Secretary 3rd Place, State Food Science Demo Senior Year: Chapter President District VII President Chapter Star Farmer 1st Place, District Leadership Ambassador 1st Place, District Extemporaneous Speaking

Chaela Minor By Logan Glassburn

GET THE FACTS Birthday: June 2, 1998 Parents: Jesse & Laura Minor, Dawn Curtis Siblings: Emma and Malerie Hometown: Reelsville, IN FFA Chapter: Clay City FFA Advisor: Pat Powell Favorite Food: Filet Mignon Favorite Movie: Hannah Montana Movie Favorite Pastime: Playing w/ sisters. Favorite Sport: Softball Favorite Animal: Cow Favorite Color: Maroon Favorite Music: Dixie Chicks


State Secretary FUTURE PLANS

Attend Purdue University to double major in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communications.


become sick from drinking too much soda. Chaela is an outstanding agriculture student and FFA member. She is very giving and willing to do anything she can to assist other members from providing transportation to developing and organizing CDE study resource materials. She habitually makes binders for everything. If you are on the chapter meeting team or soils team, there is a binder available for you. Her commitment to be an advocate for agriculture makes her a valuable asset to the industry and the FFA organization. Chaela is a fantastic role model for young people to look up to and follow. - Pat Powell, Advisor Chaela is very dedicated young lady. She cares about her family and all those she is around. She does what it takes to meet her goals. She also is there to motivate others to be their best. She is a great big sister and a great role model to both of her little sisters. I am proud to have watched her grow the past few years and am excited to see where she goes in the future. - Jesse Minor, Parent

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L W O E TH otlight

Advisor Sp by Leah Jacobs

Mr. Doug Walker Quick Facts 1. Has been teaching for 24 years. 2. Favorite Part of Teaching: Seeing students succeed and have that ‘ah ha’ moment, but also enjoy giving students new experiences and opportunities through FFA. Creating lasting friendships between ag. students and ag. teachers. 3. Favorite Quote: “Life is NOT what happens to you, but how you HANDLE what happens to you.”

Delphi FFA

Mr. Walker identified a few of his proudest achievements. First, he is proud of former students who have recieved the American FFA Degree. Another achievement of Mr. Walker and his students is the awards earned through the Indiana FFA Foundation. Throughout his time spent at both Forest Park and Delphi, he has enjoyed seeing students giving back as a chapter. “Mr. Walker is the reason we are so successful as a chapter. He guides and reminds the members of upcoming events. He fills our FFA calendar with events and prepares what needs to be prepared. He gives of himself and cares about his students’ success like no other teacher. I’m glad I have a great advisor in Mr. Walker.” - Cole Pearson

Indiana FFA Executive Committee

by Emily Dougherty

The Indiana FFA Executive Committee is the governing body on behalf of the over 11,000 Indiana FFA members. It is comprised of the 12 District Presidents, 4 Section Directors, State Band President, State Chorus President and the 7 State Officers. These 25 members vote on crucial decisions for our State Association including honorary degree recipients, constitutional and bylaw amendments and community service projects. These FFA members are the voice of all Indiana FFA members; make sure to contact them with your questions or concerns! 2016-17 Executive Committee Members DI President: Emily Kilmer DII President: Ross Pearson DIII President: Lauren Jacobs DIV President: Owen Coon DV President: Clara Boles DVI President: Katie Lyons DVII President: Colton McMullen DVIII President: Doug Abney DIX President: Victoria Keaslng DX President: Makayla Williams DXI President: Wyatt Law DXII President: Shelby Kolb Elanco sponsors a training for the executive committee helping prepare them for the year ahead.

Section I Director: Dakota Deibel Section II Director: Claire Baney Section III Director: Sidney Steele Section IV Director: Ian Rudolph State Band President: Eddie Jefferson State Chorus President: Allison Dragstrem State President: Jessica Mars State Northern Region VP: Sneha Jogi State Southern Region VP: Emily Dougherty Secretary: Chaela Minor Treasurer: Nathan Blume Reporter: Leah Jacobs Sentinel: Logan Glassburn


Mark Your Calendars

by Jessica Mars

District Kick-Off

R A O S Seeking Opportunities and Achieving Results, also known as SOAR conference allows young FFA members to discover all of the opportunities that are available to them in their Supervised Agriculture Experience. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Helena Chemical Company, members can spend an amazing weekend at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center on either October 7-9 or October 28-30.

While many FFA chapter calendars are booked from school year to school year, their giving to the Indiana FFA Foundation begins at District Kick-Off. Join your district officer teams, advisors, state officers, and other members in your district at your very own District Kick-Off. Talk to your advisor about joining the fun, and kicking off foundation giving by attending your District Kick-Off sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College.

District Kick-Off Dates

District I: 9/12 District II: 9/6 District III: 9/7 District IV: 9/13 District V: 9/14 District VI: 9/19

District VII: 9/22 District VIII: 9/21 District IX: 9/20 District X: 9/26 District XI: 9/27 District XII: 9/28


As your time in high school begins to progress, older members can attend FIRE conference, or Foundations in Reaching Excellence. This weekend at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center will give attendees the opportunity to discover how to get more involved and dive deeper into their chapters and communities. Our sponsors, Farm World and Wabash Valley Power Association, have given you the opportunity to attend on either November 11-13 or November 18-20.

Harvesting Safety It’s harvest time, which means you may be on a tractor helping out. But, be careful! Studies show that tractors are the leading cause of farm fatalities and injuries and are especially dangerous to teens. First, always ensure the tractor has a visible Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) triangle properly installed. Before you get on it be aware of potential hazards and always check underneath and behind before starting the tractor. When you’re operating a tractor, pay attention, keep a safe speed and avoid steep slopes. And when the day’s tasks are done, remember to remove the key, set brakes securely and disengage the PTO when dismounting. Let’s have a safe harvest time, Hoosiers!


Indiana Rural Safety & Health Council www.farmsafety.org