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FFA Chapter Officers: President: Brady Wulf Vice President: Chelsey Ehleringer Secretary: Beth Holland Treasurer: Isaac Wente Reporter: Andrew Goulet Sentinel: Austin White Parliamentarian: Matt Munsterman

Junior Officers: (above) Front RowMaria White, Jake Anderson, Brenden Goulet; Back Row- Teague Picht, Briar Peterson, Blake Engebretson

State Convention (right) In April Morris Area FFA had 57 members compete at the Minnesota State FFA Convention. There were 17 teams that competed and three of them made it to Nationals. Brooke Wente was also elected to serve the State of Minnesota as the Minnesota FFA Secretary.

National Convention attendees (left) The 2013 National FFA Convention and Expo was held in Louisville, Ky. which was a new location this year. The members went to workshops, speakers, and a Dierks Bentley. Attendees include Kyler Koubsky, Joanna Moser, Carly Maanum, Ashlee Koehl, Lexia Mahoney, Jason Rinkenberger, Matt Munsterman, Austin White, Matt Athey, Andrew Goulet, Savanah Aanerud, Brady Wulf, Rebekah Aanerrud, Melanie VanHorn, and Taylor Staples.

Morris Area FFA chapter members This year’s theme is Accept the Challenge.

FFA Mission Statement: FFA is a youth organization designed to develop leadership and agriscience skills. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Year’s Mission

The FFA Creed I believe in the future of Agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds -- achievements won by 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 through 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 these 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 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 that will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.


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Morris Area FFA celebrates 2014 National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22 INDIANAPOLIS - The Morris Area FFA Chapter in Morris Minn. will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22. This year’s theme is Ignite and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education. Morris Area FFA Chapter

will celebrate National FFA Week celebrate the week with students activities, dress up days, teacher appreciation and celebration of our members. We will cap off the week with the Stevens County FFA Alumni Banquet, Annual Meeting, and Work Auction on Friday Feb. 21 at the Morris Area High School. All those interested in supporting the FFA and Agriculture Education should attend.

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and handson learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

State Degree and Proficiency The State FFA Degree interviews were held Monday, Feb. 10 for Beth Holland and Chelsey Ehleringer. Both will receive their State FFA Degree, the highest FFA degree in the state at this year’s State FFA Convention in April. Beth Holland was also named the Region III Star in Agri-business. She will compete against the other seven Stars in the State of Minnesota for State Star. Morris Area also had Proficiency Applicants interviewed on Feb. 10. Brady Wulf earned first place in Beef Placement, Rebekah Aanerud received first place in Equine and Rebekah Aanerud, Chelsey Ehleringer, Beth Holland Entrepreneurship Agriculture Communications, and Brady Wulf

and past graduates Brooke Wente received first place in Specialty Crop Placement and Agriculture Education Placement, as well as Tom Holland receiving first in Agriculture Mechanics Fabrication and Design Placement.

Greenhand Leadership Conference This summer seven Morris Area FFA members attended the State Greenhand Leadership Conference in Hackensack, Minn. This conference is for first year FFA members. It teaches them what FFA is all about. Attendees include: Lexi Mahoney, Kelly Huot, Ashlee Koehl, Taylor Staples, Briar Peterson, Joseph Polzin, and Steven Koehl.

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Greenhand Day Morris Area FFA held their second annual Greenhand Day. It honors first year FFA member in grades 9 and up. There were 24 FFA members that participated. They all got to put their hand print on the wall and former FFA member Jenna Kampmeier spoke about how FFA impacted her.

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Ag in the classroom Morris Area FFA brought 50 members to inner city Minneapolis to teach elementary students about agriculture. The members taught the students how their food gets to their plate. The members may have learned more that day than the students. The West Central Cattlemen’s Association grilled burgers for the whole school that day.

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Nursery Landscape - The Nursery Landscaping Team members include Abby Travis, Beth Holland, Becca Holland, and Chelsey Ehleringer. The team placed second at Regions and will advance to state.

Career Development Event teams started practicing for their contests in September to prepare them for the Regional Competition. Dairy Foods - The Dairy Foods Evaluation Team members includeBriar Peterson, Denner Dougherty, Jake Anderson, Jarret Carlson and Blake Engebretson. The team placed third at regions and will advance to state.

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Soils - The Soils Evaluation Team consists of Andrew Goulet, Colden Helberg, Brenden Goulet, and Teague Picht. The team placed second and will advance to state.

Poultry Evaluation - The Poultry team placed first in the region competition and will be advancing to state. Team members include Jason Rinkenberger, Alec Gausman, Matt Munsterman (5), and Jase Wilts (2).

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Horse Evaluation Floriculture - The Floriculture Team members include Maria White, Sam Greiner, Brandi Domnick, and Jenna DeRung. The team placed second and will advance to state.

Agriculture Sales - Ag Sales team placed first at the region competition and will advance to state. Team member include Mike Rausch (6), Taylor Staples (1), Carl Ritscke (5), and Brady Jergenson (4).

Crops Evaluation The crops team placed fourth in the region competition and will be advancing to state. Team members include Corey Storck, Bryce Jergenson, CJ Nagel (7), and Nate Vipond.

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FFA perspective from Morris chapter president, Brady Wulf

Sportsman Day There were eight FFAers who participated in Sportsman Day. They compete against FFA members from other schools in Natural Resource sporting events. Participants include: Austin White, Austin Hills, Fritz Spohr, Matt Munsterman, CJ Nagel, Cole Kannegieser, Kyler Koubsky, and Jacob Sperr.

Corn Drive Morris Area FFA Members were out in October collecting corn from farmers in the Morris Area for Camp Courage, Leadership Programs at MAHS FFA, and a few local Organizations. The FFA appreciates all of our farmers that donate.

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Hello, I am Brady Wulf, the Morris Area FFA’s President. This week is National FFA week. This week gives us as members a time to reflect on the FFA organization and thank all the people who continue to support it. So I would like to start off by thanking everyone who has helped the FFA in some way, if it would be a donation of money or help coaching a CDE team, your support is GREATLY appreciated. We as members have been very busy this year, practicing for our Career Development Events (CDE), filling out State Degree and Proficiency applications, and putting on our annual Urban Ag in the Classroom. The FFA focuses on three key components premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Throughout my FFA career I have had the opportunity to focus on all three components. I

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have been a chapter officer for three years and a region officer for two. These experiences have helped me build my leadership abilities and I am always continuing to further my personal leadership abilities. Through FFA I have grown so much as a person. For example, I could never speak in front of my own class and now I conduct workshops and run meetings. Lastly, the FFA has helped me learn more about my future career opportunities and options and taught me

valuable lessons to use on the farm. Through my Agriculture Education experience, my advisor introduced me to a job and my Livestock Judging CDE helps me make decisions and production choices while working with our cattle herd. The FFA is a phenomenal student organization that helps students grow as a person, prepare them for careers and build character. None of this would be possible without a supportive community and a great set of advisors who help us reach our goals. Mr. Milbrandt and Mrs. Mortenson do so much for our state, region, and chapter FFA and are a positive influence and leaders to every member. I would like to thank them for everything they do and once again thank our great community for their generous support.

Veterans Day

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Sweet corn booth Our FFA chapter along with the BPA, FCCLA, and Student Council sold sweet corn in a booth at the Stevens County Fair this year, each organization selling a different day to hungry fairgoers. The booth was a success, thank you to all who supported us!

This year, Morris FFA and Student Council held the third consecutive Veterans Day program to honor those who served for our country. We had about 75 of our veterans attend. It was a very fun and memorable event that allowed us to thank those who served our country. Thank you veterans!

Brooke Wente with the Morris Area FFA advisors Nick Milbrandt and Natasha Mortenson after she got elected as a State Officer at the Minnesota State FFA Convention. Brooke will lead our State FFA Organization to offer more opportunities to members, inspire young members, and she will have the opportunity to network with agribusiness and travel.

Adopt-A-Family The Ag Leadership students adopted a family of six this holiday season. They purchased gifts for the to brighten their holiday. Community serve is a large part of the Agriculture and FFA program at Morris Area High School.

We salute our FFA members who promote premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

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