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2015-2016 Annual Report


The Iowa FFA Foundation cultivates partnerships supporting agricultural education.

The Iowa FFA Foundation focuses on encouraging youth to pursue careers and leadership roles in the agricultural industry. The foundation is a non-profit organization that provides leadership activities, scholarships, incentive awards, agricultural education programs, and instructor workshops. The foundation’s objective is the preparation of Iowa’s most valuable resource — its young people — to help chart the future of our state’s largest industry. The Iowa FFA Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

2015-2016

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2016-2017

Michael Tupper, President, New Hampton FFA

Elisa Russ, President, New Hampton FFA

Kayla Kaalberg, Secretary, West Liberty FFA

Chase Kusel, Secretary, Benton Community FFA

Amanda Anderson, Reporter, Algona FFA

Zach Hamilton, Reporter, Northeast FFA

Erica Baier, SC State Vice President, Earlham FFA

Blake Lineweaver, NW State Vice President, Okoboji FFA

Brandon Hanson, NC State Vice President, Iowa Falls-Alden FFA

Zach Hoffman, SC State Vice President, Creston FFA

Hunter Hamilton, SE State Vice President, Lone Tree FFA

Cully Forsyth, NC State Vice President, Charles City FFA

Mikayla Dolch, SW State Vice President, Southwest Valley FFA

Savannah Keitzer, SE State Vice President, Mediapolis FFA

Elisa Russ, NE State Vice President, New Hampton FFA

Zoie Shook, SW State Vice President, Guthrie Center FFA

Hailey Burley, NW State Vice President, South Central Calhoun FFA

Cole Moody, NE State Vice President, LaPorte-Dysart FFA


By The Numbers $300,000

14,734

$68,000

PAS Members

Alumni Members

IAAE Members

FFA Degree Recipients

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President’s Report Friends and Family of Iowa FFA,

“When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.” - Betty Bender As I reflect on the past year with the Iowa FFA Foundation, both the accomplishments and challenges, I am humbled. I am humbled by the passion that shines from within each and every person that I have interacted with this year. From event volunteers to staff members, and from agricultural educators to FFA members, the passion for the FFA and its future has never shone brighter than it does through these individuals. It makes my heart swell as I share with them the passion and love for the industry I have grown up in. As many of you have heard me say, “my family is steeped in agriculture from growing up on the farm to now both my husband and I hold careers in agriculture. We have two beautiful girls and want them to be able to understand and develop a love for agriculture as well.” So far, their love for animals and tractor rides is promising. That is why the foundation is here; to ensure Iowa FFA is able to continue to support local, regional and state programs to develop generations to come to be great advocates and representatives of agriculture. This year was a great year for the foundation. We kicked off the calendar year with the 2nd annual Black Ties Blue Jackets Gala. The gala was a huge success in year one and continues to grow. Through this event, the foundation raised $39,000 and increased attendance by two dozen people. Everyone in our industry is feeling the pinch of down markets, consolidation and the ever-changing environment in general. There are definitely different challenges today than there were even ten years ago. With that being said, you came through and showed your passion by continuing to

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support a great organization by donating $220,000 to support scholarships, awards, State Leadership Conference and the FFA Association. We have had no shortage of events to attend this year. These include national and state convention, state fair and industry tradeshows. One in particular that I want to recognize is the opportunity we received to attend Commodity Classic where we received a check for $7,500. This was awarded to the foundation by Bayer CropScience through the Real Yield sweepstakes. The game was a focus at the foundation booth during the Iowa State Fair. It is a great partnership and we look forward to continuing it for years to come. It is necessary to have a plan for how we will ensure strong agriscience and STEM educational programming for years to come. As of this year, the foundation has been awarded a total of $2.75 million to fund continuing education for secondary instructors, industry and support organizations. This funding allows the foundation to expand student career opportunities, increase instructional competencies in STEM and CORE content areas, and interaction between all involved will enhance career readiness. The Foundation is very proud to support Iowa secondary agriculture education through CASE institutes. It has been a great year. The foundation board continues to work hard to budget, create and implement a strategic plan and collaborate with all of the Team Ag Ed organizations to drive agriculture education and career opportunities in Iowa. Iowa needs young, talented people that have a passion for agriculture to continue


the momentum for years to come. The Iowa FFA Foundation is here to support them. In closing, look back to the quote at the beginning of my letter. It truly represents the staff who work at the foundation and Team Ag Ed. They have a true passion for FFA and want to make it a success. We are very fortunate to have each and every one of them come to work every day because they love agriculture. Thank you for all that you do. And to all of the volunteers, teachers, students and donors: Thank you! The Iowa FFA Foundation would not be where it is today without your support, participation, encouragement and funding. With that, thank you everyone, for a great year. Best regards,

Amber Harrison 2015-2016 Iowa FFA Foundation President

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Iowa FFA Foundation Partners

$100,000-$249,999

$25,000-$49,999

$10,000-$24,999

$5,000-$9,999

Archer Daniels Midland Company Bayer CropScience Stephen & Melanie Bloom Calcium Products Inc.

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DuPont Pioneer

Glenn & Ginger Sterk

Energy Panel Structures

Hy-Vee Inc.

Dwayne Faidley Freeman

Iowa Soybean Association Kiefer Manufacturing

Iowa Farmer Today Publications Iowa Pork Producers Association

Nutrients for Life Foundation United Suppliers


$4,000-$4,999 Cargill

Caterpillar Dealers of Iowa: Altorfer & Ziegler

Abrah Meyer Reflects On Year As National FFA Officer By: Abrah Meyer

After many hours spent in airports this past year, the term “jet bridge” became all too familiar, Chick-Fil-A became a regular staple in my diet and navigation to my gate became a normal routine; however, the adventures that awaited each time my plane touched down at my final destination were anything but predictable and ordinary. Throughout the past year serving the National FFA Organization, my perspective was shifted, challenged, broadened and molded by brilliant FFA members from across the United States. Growing up in northeast Iowa, surrounded by cornfields, little did I know I would meet students from Miami, Kentucky, New York City, Hawaii, Oregon and many other places, who all share a love for learning to do and living to serve; both in and outside of the agricultural industry. Whether it was a short exchange with a member at their state convention or a heartfelt conversation with students at FFA camp, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for all the lessons learned from both my peers and those students younger than me. Last June at the Kansas FFA State Convention, I met Ryan Stewart, a junior at Washington County High School. We sat together at a luncheon, and he couldn’t shake the smile from his face. Ryan was being recognized as the state winner for the Agricultural Communications proficiency award. As I spoke further with Ryan, I realized how incredible his work ethic and heart for service really were. In the past couple of years, he has taken an interest in drone technology. He has captured photos to use in different agricultural publications in his area, as well as video footage for local producers. Ryan

knows what it means to be a steward of relationships and of the land, and he is just one example of the many talented students who were a part of my journey. While my teammates and I spent many days delivering inspirational messages to students, facilitating leadership development workshops and telling the story of agricultural education and FFA, I would argue that the impact made on each of us by students like Ryan was far greater than we could have ever imagined. There are nearly 650,000 FFA members across the country who are benefactors of a program providing premier leadership, personal growth and career success opportunities. The National FFA Organization grows leaders, builds communities and strengthens agriculture every day through the development of its members. I am a product of FFA, and I’ve never seen a group of today’s youth so eager to learn about who they are and how their strengths contribute to the world around them. My one chance and one encounter with a year like this is hard to sum up in so few words, but as the plane lands on my final destination of this year, another adventure awaits to support this organization I know and love.

Seth & Amber Harrison

John Deere Foundation

Monsanto/Monsanto Fund

U.S. Army ROTC

$3,000-$3,999 Cyclones Sports Properties

Davis Equipment Corporation

Iowa Finance Authority Agricultural Development Division

John Deere Financial

Landus Cooperative

USDA - Farm Service Administration 7


$2,000-$2,999 4 Seasons Fundraising

To Farm Stronger

Doug & Jenny Becker/ Becker Beef

Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC

CF Industries

Eddie & Renae Chesnut

Dakin Ag Equipment

Ryan & Brea Harms

Hy-Capacity

Iowa FFA Alumni Association

Iowa Institute for Cooperatives 8

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is proud to continue our partnership with the Iowa FFA Foundation and Iowa’s youth; a partnership spanning more than 50 years. For nearly a century, IFBF has been committed to the people, progress and pride of Iowa as the state’s largest grassroots organization with over 159,000 member families. At Farm Bureau, we are driven by the hard work, determination and character found in our farmers, their families and the agriculture industry. The Iowa FFA Foundation shares these same values as shown through their mission statement: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve,” and works to instill them within their youth members—the same members who will one day lead the way in an industry employing one-in-five Iowans. The Iowa FFA Foundation provides many pathways to a future in agriculture. Through events such as the Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium, Agricultural Discussion Meet Career Development Event, Iowa FFA Academic Achievement Award and the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference, as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) directives found in the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE),

FFA provides students with the opportunities, knowledge and tools to create a bright, new future in food production, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. “We are proud to support an organization that continually places Iowa’s youth on a path for success, particularly in agriculture,” says Craig Hill, IFBF president and former FFA member. “We share the hope that Iowa’s youth will one day become tomorrow’s industry leaders, and part of that hope is that they understand the agriculture industry, embrace its technology and innovation and help us to farm stronger for generations to come. The Iowa FFA Foundation and their efforts in youth education and leadership make this possible.” In addition, IFBF proudly hosts the Iowa FFA Association officers each year, providing media and message training as well as oncamera interviews so FFA officers can better advocate for an industry that feeds, fuels and clothes the nation. With these shared values, training opportunities and investment in program initiatives, the IFBF–FFA partnership remains committed to playing a key role in the lives of Iowa’s youth, cementing their ability to farm stronger.


$2,000-$2,999 Kent & Wendy Klemme

Southeast Polk FFA Member Shares Her Story Of FFA Discovery

Legend Seeds, Inc

By: Gloria Lau

When I first walked into Mr. Eddy’s agricultural education classroom, I had no idea what I was doing. Here I was, a girl who had been living in the middle of town in a small apartment. My only connection to agriculture was that my dad liked to train racehorses. That seemed like nothing in a room full of kids who spent their entire lives raising livestock. Despite this, I was still a girl who had no idea what she wanted to do beyond high school and Mr. Eddy’s classroom and FFA was a start. I started by focusing on what I knew—horses. My CDE was horse judging and my SAE was working with my father’s racehorses. Yet, thanks to friends I had met through agricultural education and FFA, I found myself branching out. One recommended the biotechnology class offered by Mr. Eddy. I took her advice, and am glad that I did. Biotechnology soon became my favorite class. I got to do handson lab work while also learning how the technology solves real-life problems. I also began to explore outside the classroom. I became a chapter officer, attended leadership conferences and was part of our Farm Business Management team. We even received tenth place at state this past year. Yet, extemporaneous speaking stands out to me the most.

MinnTex Citrus, Inc

NEW Cooperative Foundation

signed up for the Extemporaneous Speaking CDE. My logic was “why not?” So I started preparing for the contest. I practiced with a speech coach at school and worked with Mr. Eddy for resources. In what was a shock to me at the time, I moved on to the district contest. When I qualified for state, I realized something. It went beyond that not only could I do this, but that in fact I was good at it. I realized that I had a passion for agriculture; that each time I came up with an argument, it wasn’t just the resources talking, it was me. Agriculture was the answer for which a younger me had been looking. As I look to the future, I plan on pursuing a career in biotechnology. Yet, I want to continue with my speaking. I want to share my passion for agriculture to more people than just a table of judges. I want to share my passion so that maybe others, from town or on a farm, will find their passion where I did.

PMI

Eric Weuve

Winfield Solutions

Benjamin Zelle

Just like when I first walked into Mr. Eddy’s room, I had no idea what I was doing when I

Ron & Mary Beth Zelle 9


$1,000-$1,999 ARMtech Insurance Services

ASFMRA - Iowa Chapter

Expanding Into New Horizons

Associated Milk Producers Inc.

Berma Farms Co

Tyler & Melanie Bettin

Paul Bierschenk

Bomgaars

Mike Bonnstetter

Christensen Farms

Sonny Deke

DeWitt Central FFA Chapter

Jim & Irene Gardner

Doug Gaul

Scott & Karen Greenfield 10

When Beck’s was started in 1937, family farming was at the core of the business. Initially, the seed company was established as a sideline to the Indiana farm. As we now celebrate our 80th anniversary, we still hold to the values of family farming, and that includes dedication to helping others and giving.

As part of our growth in Iowa, we have built a research center in Marshalltown, a practical farm research and distribution site in Colfax and purchased a production facility in Mount Pleasant. We know that we will have a need for knowledgeable employees with strong work ethics, not only today but also in the future.

This mantra has led us to forge a partnership with FFA, and in 2015, the Iowa FFA Foundation. We have long viewed Iowa as a major growth area for us. When you look at agriculture, Iowa continues to set the standard. In the last few years, we have ramped up our investment in Iowa agriculture, and connecting with the FFA foundation has been an integral piece to that puzzle.

This is why we made the decision to partner with the Iowa FFA Foundation and support the Stars Over Iowa program. This contest brings together some of the absolute best of the best of Iowa FFA members, and we were pleased with what we saw and the students we met during our first year supporting this activity. We were overwhelmed with the State Leadership Conference as a whole. It was positive, exciting and optimistic.

We believe in FFA and FFA students. Our CEO, Sonny Beck, was an Indiana FFA state officer. We have seen and appreciate the skill sets that FFA members bring to the table. These students are the future of the industry and our business; it means a lot to have students with direct or practical agriculture experience. More so today than ever, many FFA members don’t grow up on farms, but they still get exposed to many facets of agriculture through their chapter. They understand agribusiness and bioscience. They have that entrepreneurial spirit that’s derived from programs like their Supervised Agricultural Experiences; they have practical teamwork skills gained through Career Development Events. The things that people have done through FFA, when we see that on a resume, we notice that skill set and it stands out.

Even after eight decades in the agribusiness world, we are still enthused by the innovation that is occurring. Many times, it is the young up-and-coming members of the agricultural community that are spearheading these efforts. However, to achieve these ambitions, our next generation of agricultural leaders need assistance, and that is why we believe in supporting FFA, the Iowa FFA Foundation and agricultural education.


$1,000-$1,999 Hawkeye Community College

Iowa Broadcasters Association Foundation

South Winn FFA Member Caps Off Outstanding High School Career

Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation

By: Trygve Lien Iowa Central Community College

When I reflect on my time with FFA, I have to really think hard about which areas to focus on because my experience with FFA has changed my life in so many ways. Like many members, I am a second generation FFA member. Unlike many members my age, I did not have the advantage of having a farm to work or livestock to raise. When I joined FFA I had to think what I could do for my SAE projects that would both benefit and interest me. Early on, I found it difficult to excel in my chapter as the majority of members were from big farms and tended to look down on my small operation. This really affected me until I attended the Washington Leadership Conference. Not only was the whole week an amazing experience, but it allowed me to meet other members who had small projects and who struggled with the image that bigger is better. That week made me realize that even if I did not farm 1,000 acres, own my own livestock operation or drive the biggest equipment, I was actually better off; I had to do things on my own. I decided on two areas; on our acreage there is a three-acre plot that my parents said I could use, and I combined that with a honey bee project. Since the plot is so small we decided that it would be ideal for a test plot. I started hosting a field day every year so that anyone could come. With my father’s guidance I started taking better notes, asked agronomists and experienced growers question after question,

and from this I gained confidence that what I was doing was making a difference, and the proof was in the amount of people following my blog, attending my field days and asking me questions so that they could go back to their land and try what they learned. Every year that I was in FFA I tried to experience something new. I have done contests, joined the soil judging team, participated in the courtesy corps and became a chapter officer. Although I have received many awards and recognitions, I think my senior year in high school was the most meaningful to me. I submitted my proficiency application in the area of Agriscience Research, and won first place gold. I submitted an essay in the Growmark Essay Contest on the subject of “What can young people do to ensure the sustainability of agriculture?” and I was selected as the first place finalist. Last but not least I applied for Stars Over Iowa when I submitted my Iowa Degree application. I was honored to be the winner in the area of Agriscience. FFA is not about how much money you can make, the newest and biggest tractor that you can show off; it isn’t even about what you achieve. It is how it changes you. My FFA experience has helped define who I am, it has helped me realize what is important to me and it has gifted me with friendships that will last forever.

Iowa Crop Improvement Association

Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Select Farms

Iowa State University - Block & Bridle Club

Will Jones

Rajesh Kalathur

Kent Nutrition Group

Kirkwood Community College

Meriwether, Wilson & Company, PLLC

Mosaic 11


$1,000-$1,999 National FFA Foundation

Corduroy Dreams

National High School Rodeo Association

National Pork Producers Council

North Linn FFA Chapter

“You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of this boy.” I’ve always felt that describes me perfectly. My working years were in ag-related fields and we now have farmland and some beef cattle. Even now as Ginger and I have retired and moved to a Grinnell retirement community, I still have a great fondness for the country life and agriculture, which is why we have made it a point to support an organization that was very good to me–FFA.

John Peters

Rabo AgriFinance

Jake Rinehart

Southwestern Communtiy College

Van Wall

Vita Plus Corporation

John Wacha

Wallace’s Farmer

Wapello FFA Chapter

Wyffels Hybrid 12

My connection with agriculture began when I was barely old enough to walk. My dad was a livestock and crop farmer near Montezuma. Once I got to high school I was very ambitious about FFA and tried to get involved as much as I could. By the time I was a senior I had become the Montezuma FFA chapter president, and we had done some really good things with our group. I had a great advisor and some great guys helping me out, and we made some nice changes. Part of the FFA experience that meant a lot to me was to see how proud it made my parents. They would come along to FFA activities, and it showed them what my classmates and I were capable of. Everything I did and everything I achieved has always stuck with me. I am 72 years old now and I still have my jacket, most of my quizzes and notebooks from FFA! My jacket, Iowa Farmer Degree, pins and other certificates have been donated to the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny and are on display for all guests to see. That pride in the jacket is what motivated us to get involved with the Iowa FFA Foundation. We were blessed with two children. The first one died shortly after birth, but the second one grew up to become a doctor of forensic psychiatry. Unfortunately, he passed way suddenly when he was just 40 years old. It was then that we reevaluated everything in life

and were motivated to start supporting more charitable endeavors. We have been given many blessings in life, and we want other people to have the same opportunities we did. Some of the assets that we do have, we want to give away so we can see the positive impact they have on students now and in the future. We looked at what meant a lot to us, and one of those causes was the FFA, and specifically the FFA jacket. With that in mind, we created the endowment fund with the Iowa FFA Foundation so that we can help buy jackets for students who need them but may not have the resources to be able to afford them. We want kids to have jackets they can call their own. I want people to be as proud of their jacket as I am of mine!


$500-$999 Accelerated Genetics

By: Ben Kenobbie

The Iowa chapter of the Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization continues to be a national trendsetter. This past year we performed well at state and national conferences, and continued to push our membership to grow and excel in every field. At our annual state conference we elected a new officer team. I was honored to be chosen as our state president; Brie Walker is our state secretary and state vice presidents are Heather Schnitker, KateyJayne Dennis, Schylar Fairchild and Michaella Beckman. This group of officers cover the entire state and represent several of our great member colleges. We now have 13 member colleges, at both the two year and four year levels, in Iowa. At the national level there are 62 chapters in 18 different states. Throughout the years, PAS has continued breaking new ground in the agriculture industry. Our 2015 Fall Conference was hosted by Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. Members were given the option to go on multiple tours to learn about several diverse and incipient opportunities in agriculture, such as ag tourism and viniculture, as well as tour facilities on and around the Kirkwood campus. The 2016 State Conference was hosted by Indian Hills Community College at Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, Iowa. We had great attendance with 11 colleges and more than 270 members in attendance. Members competed in an array of Career Program Area (CPA) contests in an effort to punch their

tickets to the national conference. National PAS Convention was in Kansas City this past March. Iowa had at least one college competing in almost every event, with several groups and individuals bringing home top honors. In the Equestrian Specialist Contest, the team from Ellsworth Community College was named national champion. In the Livestock Specialist categories, Hawkeye Community College (beef), NICC (beef) and Dordt (swine and sheep) all stood at the top of the podium. However, it was the team from Iowa Central who were the top overall Iowa competitors. In the dairy category, two teams from NICC showed off that schools penchant for the respective industry, as they stood second and third overall. In the Quiz Bowl contest, Muscatine Community College brought home second prize. Several individuals excelled, too, including Trevor Schnuckel from Iowa Central Community College in the Ag Sales CPA. As PAS continues to grow and become an essential part of the college experience for students in all agriculture programs— from agricultural business to veterinary technology—we thank all our supporters and business partners who help to make these programs possible. We are passionate about seeing this organization push toward the future, and 2015-2016 was a great year and a big leap in the right direction.

Matthew & Dini Anderson

Kira Barclay

Barefoot

Belle Plaine FFA Chapter

Craig Betten

Carroll Area FFA Chapter

Cylosoft, Inc

DeWitt Central FFA Alumni Association

Ellsworth Community College

Elmquist Family

Foremost Farms USA

David & Lori Gilmore

Glidden-Ralston FFA Chapter

Goode Greenhouses, Inc.

Perry & Suzanne Hartley

Helena Chemical

Hertz Farm Management Inc.

Heska 13


Statement Of Financial Position - For The Year Ending In June 30, 2016 ASSETS

LIABILITIES

Current Assets

Current Liabilities

Cash

$

175,061

Accounts Payable

$

42,324

Accounts Receivable (Net)

$

57,397

Security Deposits - Rental

$

26,012

Contributions Receivable - Current (Net) $

110,629

Accrued Expenses

$

8,431

Inventory

$

9,403

Deferred Revenue

$

46,121

Prepaid Expense

$

8,166

Total Current Liabilities

$

122,888

Total Current Assets

$

360,656

Noncurrent Assets Endowment Funds

$

502,440

Contributions Receivable - Noncurrent $

159,561

Total Noncurrent Assets

$

662,001

Land

$

144,000

Buildings & Improvements

$ 13,873,149

Equipment

$

Less: Accumulated Depreciation

$ (2,719,490)

Property & Equipment

Total Property & Equipment

TOTAL ASSETS

14

560,406

$ 11,858,065

$ 12,880,722

Noncurrent Liabilities Note Payable to Contributor

$ 4,496,646

Accrued Interest

$

Total Noncurrent Liabilities Total Liabilities

1,915,779

$ 6,412,425 $ 6,535,313

NET ASSETS Unrestricted Undesignated

$ 5,572,779

Board-Designated

$

479,955

Temporarily Restricted

$

270,190

Permanently Restricted

$

22,485

Total Net Assets

$ 6,345,409

TOTAL LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS

$ 12,880,722

Audited financial information is available on the Iowa FFA Foundation website, iowaffafoundation.org.


Statement Of Activities - For The Year Ending In June 30, 2016 SUPPORT & REVENUE

FOUNDATION

ENRICHMENT CENTER

Sale of Promotional Items - Net Proceeds

$

30,322

Contributions & Grants

$ 850,683

TOTAL $

30,322

$ 850,683

Rental & Related Income

$ 306,797

$ 306,797

Leadership & Related Income

$

33,132

$

33,132

Net Investment Income

$

10,234

$

10,234

Other Support & Revenue

$

3,279

$

3,279

Total Support & Revenue

$ 894,518

$ 222,373

$ 1,234,447

EXPENSES Programmatic Expense FFA Association

$ 222,600

$ 222,600

Postsecondary Ag Students

$

17,040

$

17,040

FFA Alumni

$

4,400

$

4,400

Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators

$

11,260

$

11,260

CASE Curriculum

$

339,551

$

339,551

Enrichment Center - General Expense

$

118,162

$

118,162

Enrichment Center - Leadership Expense

$

79,650

$

79,650

Enrichment Center - Depreciation

$ 391,633

$ 391,633

Enrichment Center - Interest Expense

$ 237,503

$ 237,503

Management & General Expense

$

Fundraising Expense

$ 176,839

$ 176,839

Other Expense

-

Total Expenses

214,729

$ 986,419

$

214,729

$ 826,948

$1,813,367

Change in Net Assets $ (91,901) $ (487,019) Net Assets Beginning of Year

$ (578,920) $6,924,329

Net Assets End of Year

$6,345,409

Audited financial information is available on the Iowa FFA Foundation website, iowaffafoundation.org.

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$500-$999 Hog Slat - Midwest Division

A Welcome Sight

Indian Hills Community College

Innovative Ag Services

Iowa Club Lamb Association

Iowa Division Izaak Walton League

Iowa Farm Business Association

Iowa Horse Council

Iowa Meat Goat Association

Iowa Poultry Association

Iowa State University Pre-Vet Club

Iowa State University Department of Agricultural Education & Studies

Iowa Trappers Association

Iowa Turfgrass Institute

J. Ward Organics LLC

Kuhn North America, Inc.

Roy Leidahl

Lochirco Fundraising

Milton Luckstead Sr.

Lynnville-Sully FFA Chapter 16

I began my career as an agriculture education teacher in 1956 in Mingo. I spent the next three decades as the teacher and FFA advisor at Mingo and later Colfax-Mingo. Even though I officially retired in 1991, I still enjoy working with the FFA programs and getting to know students from across the state. My wife, Barb, and I both grew up in Mingo, and we have witnessed the twists and turns of FFA and agricultural education. When I was in school and first started teaching, there was a perception that students took the ag classes because they weren’t smart enough to pass other classes. I like to think we have changed that. Not only did I teach traditional agriculture classes, but also physics and chemistry classes. One of the great things about teaching is the diversity of students and seeing how kids change. You can get a kid who you may not be sure about as a freshman, but as they grow up they really go on to do great things and become great people. While I may not be in the classroom on a daily basis anymore, this remains an aspect I truly enjoy as I continue to

interact with FFA members. Even though the students call me “Bob” instead of “Mr. Leonard” now, I never tire of working with new groups of young people. It is that motivation that has kept both Barb and I so engaged with FFA. We like to volunteer wherever we can; that usually includes helping at state fair where I have judged tractor restoration projects and now the agriculture safety projects. We are always excited to be able to help at the Ag Mechanics CDE, judge the proficiency awards and make other contributions. However, our favorite thing is working at the registration table at the State Leadership Conference (SLC). We have one daughter but no grandchildren, so every year at SLC it feels like we get 5,000 new grandkids! This is where some of our closest connections are made. Whether it is former teachers, new teachers, state officers or new members, we just relish getting to learn about everybody and what they have achieved. The FFA community is a special thing and we are honored to continue to be a part of it.


$500-$999 Craig & Lisa McEnany

Southwest Iowa Family Celebrates 10 Members Excelling In FFA

Brenda & Brian Meyer

Miller Hybrids

By: Mikayla Dolch

I can still remember that Sunday morning sermon; my pastor flashed a picture of an iceberg on the screen. A sliver of the floating mass perched above the surface of the ocean, while the other enormous chunk hovered below. As the sermon continued, he noted that the piece showing represents success, and the portion beneath denotes hard work, late nights, courage, failures, persistence, discipline, criticism and adversity. The dissimilarity between the connected sections was what people see compared to what really happens. As the message concluded, it was stated that our potential lies deep within the unknown—resembling the part of the iceberg underneath the exterior. Each time I glance at a blue, corduroy jacket, I am reminded of the iceberg illustration. The jacket may proclaim “outdated” and “unfashionable” to some on the outside, but it’s what people do not see—hard work, late nights, courage, failures, persistence, discipline, criticism and adversity—that triggers my smile each time I spot the emblem. The legacy of my family’s involvement with the organization began with my dad, Steve, uncle, Vince, and uncle, Mark, in the 1960’s when their interest in agriculture collided with a dynamic youth organization within agricultural education. As it happens, their dream of opening the door of possibilities for their kids became a reality. Our childhoods were filled with picking up apples, tagging calves, learning to operate the farm machinery and climbing the grain bins on our corn, soybean and beef production farm. As my brothers, cousins and I grew older, we

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followed in our fathers’ footsteps by joining the country’s largest youth organization, not because we had to, but because of the rich opportunities the blue jacket provided us to let our lights shine. Ten Dolches have been fortunate enough to serve as Southwest Iowa district officers and receive the Iowa FFA Degree; I also recently became the seventh Dolch to earn the American FFA Degree. As my uncle, Vince, brothers, Matt, Michael and Marshall, and I have served as state officers for the Iowa FFA Association, we have reconciled that without the jacket, we are isolated individuals, isolated voices. But with the blue corduroy, we know that half-a-million others have our back, as well as helping us tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges, such as feeding the growing population, stewarding our natural resources and finding solutions for agricultural sustainability together. The National FFA Organization has become a part of who we are as a family not because of the impeccable achievements earned and honors won, but because of our advisors, teachers, teammates, political stakeholders and friends who have simply believed in us by pushing us to do our very best. My family and I are not involved because we have to be, but rather because we enjoy serving others, paying it forward and making everlasting friendships and memories. It has taught us to understand that we make a living not by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Morningside College

National FFA Organization

National Swine Registry

William & Patricia Nicodemus

Ronald & Mary Reedy

Joshua Remington

Randy Rush

Southeast Polk FFA Chapter

Thomas & Holli Striegel

John Van Ryswyk

James & Ruth Walker

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$250-$499 Algona FFA Chapter

Randall Anderson

Ankeny Hardware

Only The Names Have Changed

Cathy Ayers

Dennis Baldwin

Leslee Beglinger

Dennis & Rhonda Bell

Gary & Ruth Braet

Ida Brotherton

Jerry & Sheila Brown

Nadine & Tim Burns

Chris Bursiek

Cengage Learning/ National Geographic Learning

Central Plains FFA Chapter

Ron & Linda Chalus

Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers

Community 1st Credit Union

John & Jonell Cook

Jeremy Davis

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The definition of agriculture continues to expand with technology and science. Landus Cooperative is in a privileged position to touch almost every step of the agricultural supply chain as we consult with producers who are planting the seeds, growing the grains and raising the livestock that feed our neighbors and the world; it is a privilege we do not take lightly. Those producers—and the scientists, analysts, manufacturers and partners on which they rely—are being grown and nurtured today by the FFA program. Our cooperative, like FFA, has more than 80 years of history in production agriculture. During the last decade, our passion for the organization has only grown. Our farmer-owned cooperative has sponsored the Agricultural Service Proficiency, exhibited at and sponsored the Iowa FFA State Leadership

Conference, participated in the Black Ties Blue Jackets Gala and sponsored Iowa PAS. In recent years, we have awarded thousands of dollars toward educational materials for chapters in our territory. Going forward, we look to expand that grant program as advisors and instructors seek out the latest resources as technology and information rapidly change. One of the highlights of each spring is our participation at State Leadership Conference. Over the years, students recognize our logo and stop by our booth to visit with our staff. These relationships reach beyond the students’ high school careers. During a recent collegiate career fair, a former FFA’er again recognized our booth and called our recruiter by name. A corporate sponsorship of the FFA program is much more than a logo displayed at an event; for Landus Cooperative it is a key recruiting and relationship building opportunity.


$250-$499 Dordt College

Mark Drost

Mark Dvorak

Don & Norma Dyson

Iowa FFA Alumni Aims For Growth With Fresh Initiatives

Eastern Iowa Community College

By: Ashley Fitzgerald

The Alumni Development Conference (ADC) is held yearly at different locations around the nation. In July 2015, members from Iowa boarded a bus to Kansas City to attend the conference. We interacted with other alumni members and supporters from across the country. The group was rich with educators, past members, supporters and advocates, both young and old, stretching from California to Maryland. We shared ideas, attend workshops and shared experiences with other affiliates. All of these skills gained were geared to develop alumni leaders and learn how to develop programs to enhance the local organization. Alumni members from all over the state attended the 2016 Iowa Alumni Conference in January 2016 to mingle, network, trade ideas and most importantly obtain skills to take back to their chapters! Workshops included “Alumni from an Advisor’s View,” “How to Judge CDE’s,” and “Farm Financial Planning.” We heard from Iowa’s National FFA officer, Abrah Meyer, as she announced that the national officer team’s legacy project is going to be focused on alumni. Current National FFA Alumni president, and former National FFA advisor, Dr. Larry Case, was the keynote speaker for the night. It was truly an honor to have him present with us! As FFA alumni we were busy throughout the 2016 Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference, Amplifying FFA and boosting our impact in many ways. One of our biggest projects each year at the state conference is our supply service. T-shirts, hats, belt buckles, keychains & more! You name it—we sell it, and in FFA

style! FFA members lined up to purchase their FFA attire. The supply service also helps boost the funds of the FFA alumni, helping us provide programming, resources and scholarships to the local level. We also enjoyed awarding members WLC scholarships as well as recognized chapters who were outstanding in the area of Public Relations with our SAE/ Ag Ed Publicity Award. FFA alumni members also served as CDE judges, award sponsors, conference volunteers and more. However, the biggest way we boosted our impact was probably through talking with people at our booth in the career show. This year we were excited to show off our new display which will better help us tell our alumni story and share our mission with individuals interested in being a part of our organization. There are approximately 80,000 FFA members graduating high schools annually across the country and about 60,000 active FFA alumni. The organization saw an opportunity for growth. As of April 1, 2106, all graduating FFA high school seniors will automatically become FFA alumni members, free of charge! With the new pool of annual graduates, our membership will increase significantly! The Iowa FFA Alumni Board of Directors and current members are proud to support the FFA Organization within the state of Iowa and agriculture’s future leaders. We are dedicated to the future of agriculture and the agricultural education program.

Family Center of Harrisonville, Inc

FarmHouse Fraternity - ISU Chapter

Daniel Folsom

Edith FortmannComley

Wayne & Ruth Fredericks

GBC Customized Calendars

Brian Gottlob

Graceland University

Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

Griswold FFA Chapter

Dawn & Dale Gruis

Bill Hamman

Harmison’s Hometown Fundraising

Harrisvaccines

Tim Havens 19


$250-$499 Heartland Limousin Association

John & B. Elizabeth Hiel

Four Decades With 4 Seasons Fund Raising

Dennis & Janet Hosek

Marvin & Karen Hoskey

Duane Hueneke

Van’s Implement

Iowa Events Center

Iowa Maine-Anjou Association

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach Local Foods

Iowa Street Rod Association

David Klave

Paul Klimesh

Marelle & Cheryl Knudsen

Gene & Shirley Krug

Kum & Go

Barbara Lemmer

Bob & Barbara Leonard

Joyce Long

Lynch Livestock

Terry Main

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The story of 4 Seasons Fundraising began in Des Moines in 1970 when Lyle Roberts started brokering citrus fruit to Iowa FFA chapters for the ever-popular fruit sales. Since then, we have proudly supported the National FFA Organization for 46 years and continue to work with FFA chapters in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and most recently South Dakota and Minnesota. What began as shipments of orchard-fresh citrus from Florida and Texas to neighboring FFA chapters has evolved into an established Midwest FFA fundraising company providing chapters and communities with fruits, meats, cheeses, chocolates and cookie dough. We believe in partnering with FFA because we believe in the goals of the organization; furthermore, it is an outstanding way to give back to the communities where we live and work. The efforts of the FFA not only provide personal growth and development opportunities for this country’s young people, but it allows them to learn valuable life skills for the future. Every year, our sales’ representatives travel to schools, state conventions and summer conferences throughout the Midwest to personally meet FFA chapter advisors and their students. The benefits of face-to-face contact has allowed us to learn how we can establish long lasting relationships and assist our customers in reaching their goals. Throughout the years, we have been proud to have serviced FFA chapters in efforts to raise money for their signature corduroy jackets, state and national convention attendances,

greenhouses, test plots, chapter trips and more. This past year in Iowa alone we continued our trend of investing in student leaders. We again sponsored the Fruit Production and Vegetable Production Proficiencies at the State Leadership Conference. We also enjoy engaging with the many ag teachers at the annual Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. We believe our continuous involvement with FFA, the foundation and agriculture education will continue to shape our company and the chapters we support.


$250-$499 Howard Maxwell

Mid-West 3D Solutions, LLC

IAAE Agriscience Teacher Of The Year Reflects On Changes In Education By: Brad Taylor

In the fall of 1978, I began my teaching career at the Roland-Story High School as their fourth agriculture education teacher in as many years. It was a challenge, needless to say, being a rookie teacher; but in the end, the majority came around, and with an administration that was willing to push the boundaries, we began an aggressive program of diversification. By the start of the second semester, we were offering Ag I, Ag II, Horticulture, Animal Science and Ag Business. That eventually led to all semester-long classes and a steady and consistent number of students involved with agriculture education. Today, approximately one-third of all Roland-Story High School students are enrolled in one or more of our course offerings. These now include: Ag I, Veterinary Science, Meteorology, Horticulture, Ag Shop, Ag Mechanics, Ag Technology, Animal Science, Food Science and Ag Business. The singular change that happened was the ability to see the “big picture,” and that showed nearly 40 years ago that agriculture will need more qualified employees in nonproduction careers as opposed to being producers. By diversifying we were able to begin meeting the needs of a changing landscape within the agricultural sector. Today, I find myself infusing sciences such as chemistry, biology and physics into lessons. For example, we use new educational tools to measure cellular respiration of plant growth, and implement relative humidity sensors to predict

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weather and ultimately climatic conditions; Ag I students measure pH of soil to make recommendations of soil treatments in our community garden, and in Animal Science we work on genetic-based lessons. Due to our love of educating young minds, we ag teachers find ourselves challenging them to always be their best—that has not changed in all of our years of teaching. Our ability to inspire our students to excellence should be foremost in our goals for them and along the way, the ability to show them how modern technology is a part of our curriculum should be a responsibility we don’t take lightly. While many of today’s students are becoming more “tech dependent,” our use of technology and the sciences should show them how to become “tech savvy.” While we may never achieve perfection in our students, in our pursuit of perfection, we’re going to help them achieve excellence in a variety of ways that will ultimately benefit their futures.

Wayne Nattress

New Hampton FFA Alumni

Chad Newton

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northwest Missouri State University

Ned Paulsen

Melvin Pennington

Todd & Caitlyn Ramaeker

Terry Reilly

Jo & Martin Reynolds

Dale Roewe

Douglas Saville

Joel Schnebbe

Kyle Schultz

Denise & Andy Shoultz

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$250-$499 Rain & Hail LLC Rod Raabe Sioux Center FFA Chapter South Dakota State University Southeast Community College Southwest Minnesota State University Southwest Valley FFA Chapter Dennis & Pauline Sweet Tasteful Dinners/ Tasteful Catering The Meyocks Group, Inc. Joseph Thilges Amy Thompson Lowell Tiedt United Way of Wapello County University of Iowa Children’s Hospital ATV Task Force University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service David & Jacqueline Van Ahn Susan Vance Hjelm West Lyon FFA Chapter 22

National Chapter Award Winners Share Secrets to Success By: Vinton Shellsburg FFA

Standing on stage at the State Leadership Conference to hear your name called is nerve-racking for any student. That anxiety is amplified when it is your whole chapter awaiting to find out the results of a prestigious award. Such was the case for us at the VintonShellsburg FFA as we awaited to hear who would be selected as the National Chapter Award winner, and named the premier chapter in Iowa. The National Chapter Award evaluates an FFA chapter’s development in three areas: Student, Chapter and Community. We started our year and push for the honor, like any other chapter, by setting goals. The chapter officers set the typical goals for members to participate in CDEs, fundraising goals, agriculture promotion activities and community service. The incredible part of the year is how we really put the chapter theme into action: “Rise Up and Reach Out.” We had a successful year in CDEs, both in leadership and skills. We ended our year with thirteen gold rankings in skills events. Both areas of CDEs exceeded our chapter goals and placed higher than we had anticipated. Ag students had the opportunity to get their use out of the Animal Learning Lab for the first full year ever. We used this lab to attain hands-on knowledge of farrowing pig, cows being artificially inseminated and animal safety, production and consumer education with our horses, rabbits, ducks and chickens. The Animal Lab, with its hands-on approach, is correlated with a 31-student increase in the Animal Science component of our program. This facility, along with the crop plot, garden,

nursery, aquaculture and greenhouse areas have provided many SAE opportunities for students, totaling 135 members successfully starting and maintaining records. This led to a total of ten Iowa Degree recipients, one gold national proficiency award, four American Degree recipients and one Stars Over America finalist. The chapter also hosted multiple events that allowed us to work with an array of community members and groups, and we raised $3,500 for Benton County Veterans Assistance Program through a pancake breakfast. With the county fair being so important to many of our members, we assisted in remodeling the Benton County Fair Barn, and then planned activities for community members, brought in animals for a petting zoo and taught classes about agricultural subjects with over 1,000 people signing our guest book. Showing thanks and paying it forward is an underlying theme routinely exhibited by our chapter. We remind ourselves that if you have the ability to do good, then you have the responsibility to do good. We gave presentations to various community groups regarding topics in agriculture, and opened the doors to our classroom and lab areas, totaling over 500 community members and students hearing positive messages about agriculture and FFA. In one year our chapter donated over $6,000 and contributed over 1,100 volunteer hours to demonstrate our belief in being engaged members of our communities. The Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter sincerely thanks and appreciates our members, their hardwork and dedication to being the best and making our chapter “Rise Up and Reach Out” to be the best!


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Ben Abatti

Bill Boruff

Dan & Amy Classen

Agri-Power FFA Chapter

James Bosserd

Steve Conrad

Jacob Bowers

Craig Constable

James Brandt

Bruce Coughlin

John Breniman

Courtyard by Marriott Ankeny

Steve Ferguson

Steve Dakin

Chris Fleshner

Kent Davidson

Kellen Floyd/ Floyd Family Hog Farms

Jodi Ahrendsen Akron-Westfield FFA Chapter Claire Anderlik ARKO Laboratories Charles & Marilyn Arnburg

Jason Brockshus John & Shelly Brown Danny Burke

Holden Asmus

Matthew De Groot

Edgewood-Colesburg FFA Chapter Phyllis & Lee Eisele Judy Faust Brian & Jen Feldpausch

Curt Frazee

Decker Manufacturing Co.

Carole & John Gandy

Richard & Nancy Degner

Larry Geerts

Jim Calvert

LaVerne & Patricia Deist

Gary Goering

Sara Carlson

James DeKeyrel

Marianne Carolan

Jay Dekker

Billy Carpenter

Des Moines Community Playhouse

Ronald Buroughs Ryan Augustine Logan Bauer Robert Baulder Andrea Bean Beeler Trucking Rex Behnke Jim Behrens Michael Berry Randall Bielfelt Blond Genius

Kevin Butt & Honoria Balogh

Debra Carroll-Jones Ted Carter Casey’s General Store James Cassiday

Des Moines Symphony Patrick Diedrich Susan Dinan

Mark & Julie Goering Goodheart-Willcox Publisher Jane Graesser Julie Gray Judy & Roger Griffin Paul Grovert

Marv Dittman

Grundy Center FFA Chapter

Joel Bobb

Central Lyon FFA Chapter

Awoke Dollisso

Larry Hageman

Rex Borcherding

Michelle Christenson

Dan & Alyse Dreher

Shirley Hammersmith

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$100-$249

Rick & Paulette Hansen

John Kaltenheuser

Dennis Mars

Hawkeye Breeders Service, Inc

Stephen Keller

Rich Martin

Jeffery Kennicker

Wilbur Mash

Jake Kent

E.R. & Lois McCloney

Jayson Kingsbury

M.F. McCullen

Randel Hiscocks

Ronald & Phyllis Kinzler

Becky & Ryan McCullough

Nicholas Holland

Scott Kirstein

Cody & Chelsea McKinley

Hotel Pattee

Charles Klaassen

Jim & Patricia Hoyt

Paul Kleist

Bill Hughs

Sonny Kolbe

IFA Roller-Grinder

Randy & Deb Kroksh

Dale Henke Dee Hense Clayton Hester

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation Iowa Beef Breeds Council

Francis Kutt LaVerne Lee

Kurt Metzger Mark & Lisa Miller Matthew & Monica Miller Kathleen Miron

Lisa Phillips Larry Pieper Clinton Pilcher Dwayne Postma Marilyn Purdy QC Supply Mel Reeve Warren A. Reiser Reset Ankeny Mike & Dawn Retallick Mark Riedesel Cheryl Ries Husmann

Monoflo International

Steve Roth

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Mike Moran

Jim Russ

Easten Lovelace

Moss

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Dean Luft

Renee Neddermeyer

Andy Johnson

Lundell Plastics Corporation

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Richard Schaufler

Bruce & Deena Jones

Wayne Mabeus

Oelwein FFA Chapter

Troy Schlapkohl

Doug Lentz Iowa State Fair Iowa Wild Mark & Andrea Irlbeck Phil Jacobs

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Lynn Meade

Larry Phillips

Jay Moline

Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild

Richard Lee

James McLeland

Howard & Janet Paulsen

Dave Schantz


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Verna Schlichte

Eric Small

Travis Tedrow

Scott Watson

Rudolph “Buddy” Schmalstieg

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Robert Thomas

Ken Wenger

Mike Sobotka

Peter Thorp

West Bend Hawkeye FFA Alumni

South Tama FFA Chapter

Three Hills Rodeo

Craig Schmidt Jane & Brian Schmidt Thomas & Jennifer Schreier

Alan & Andrea Spencer Star Destinations

Chris Schulte Ken Steffen Aaron Seifert Terry Sterk

Dan West Titan Pro Howard Wetzel Mark Turnis Mark Wilden Dan Urmie Kyle Van Zante

Winneshiek County Cattlemen

Karen & Mark Van De Walle

Randy Wohlers

Kyle Danielle Sexton

Stone Cliff Winery

Deron Shawley

Verlyn Strellner

LeRoy & Ruth Simonson

Curtis & Svetlana Stutzman

Tom Walmsley

Steven Simpson

Joe Sweeney

Dan & Tamera Warnke

Robert & Mary Slagle

Arthur Symens

Joe Warrick

Ole Yttri

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter

Debra Zelle Louie & Deb Zumbach

In Recognition of the 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes

In Honor of our Children, Abrah & Karsten Meyer

Nicklas Kulczycki

Brian & Brenda Meyer

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Anyone that has been involved with the FFA in any capacity has probably been asked at one point in time, “What is FFA?” Such a simple question, yet sometimes even the best in the organization struggle with the answer. We know exactly what FFA is, but it can get pretty difficult to capture all of its awesomeness in a short answer, until now. In the FFA, we grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture through agricultural education. Grow Leaders. Build Communities. Strengthen Agriculture. Three simple ideas that speak volumes about what the FFA does, nationwide, and right here in Iowa. Our more than 14,700 Iowa FFA members live out these six words in everything they do, in and out of the blue jacket. Grow Leaders. Time and time again, I’ve heard it said from industry professionals and adults alike that the FFA produces some of the best young leaders out there and I couldn’t agree more. Iowa FFA members have countless opportunities to develop their premier leadership at the chapter, district, state and national levels. Whether it be attending a conference to learn how to better utilize their strengths in a team setting, or putting those skills to work in a Career Development Event like Prepared Public Speaking or Parliamentary Procedure, FFA truly does produce the next generation of leaders. My fellow state officers and I go through rigorous training all throughout our year of service in order to continuously grow as leaders to ultimately better serve the members of Iowa FFA. The leadership skills my teammates and I, and all FFA members, have gained are those that can be used in whatever career path the future holds. Even through these careers, past FFA members continue to seek out growth and leadership opportunities, and ultimately are the ones helping grow leaders themselves.

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Build Communities. If there’s one part of the FFA that makes me the most proud to wear the blue corduroy, it would be the attitude of service our members have. FFA members truly Live to Serve, and in turn, build up their home communities and those communities in need. Members participate in faculty appreciation breakfasts, citywide clean up, food drives and even teaching agriculture in their elementary schools. Projects of all sizes are put on by our local programs; like the West Dubuque FFA Chapter when they collected thousands of bottles of water to send to Flint, MI, during their water quality crisis. Or even FFA to Haiti; a service trip where FFA members travel to Haiti for two weeks to help build Sukup homes in Haitian communities. No matter the size of the project, Iowa FFA members know what it means to serve and continue to build communities. Strengthen Agriculture. As FFA members and supporters, not only do we believe in the future of agriculture, but we are excited about it. Through their time in agricultural education, members learn STEM based concepts, gain real world skills that are applicable to their future careers and even put their knowledge to the test through work-based learning experiences that are known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences, or SAEs. While still in school, members are running their own crop and livestock operations, participating in groundbreaking international research and discovering their passions for their future careers. As state officers, my teammates and I meet with industry and policy leaders to discuss current issues in agriculture and how we are going to solve them with our FFA members leading the way. With their solid foundation from their agricultural education classes, accompanied with their applied experience through their SAE projects, Iowa FFA members are going to be the leaders of the most crucial industry in the world. Whether it’s in lab coats, overalls and boots, suits and ties or scrubs, FFA members are going to continue to strengthen agriculture.


Through my seven years as an FFA member, I can’t begin to remember the number of times I’ve been asked, “What is FFA?” Of all the answers I’ve given and heard, nothing is as accurate and simple as growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture.

to serve the organization that has given me everything and incredibly proud to be a part of an organization that grows the next generation of leaders, builds up communities of all sizes and strengthens the world’s most important industry: agriculture.

Every FFA member has a story about how each of those ideas have played out in their FFA journey and how they define their time in the blue corduroy jacket. I am honored to say the same, humbled to continue

Elisa Russ 2016-2017 Iowa FFA State President

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