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So God Made An FFA Member


Celebrate National FFA week Feb. 16-23, 2013!

Editor's Note: It has come to my attention that the video I reference is no longer available online. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you all have a great National FFA week! - Amanda

Although my days of wearing the official dress of the National FFA Association are in the past, I still fondly recall my time spent wearing the blue corduroy jacket that represented FFA and the future of agriculture.

This week, Feb. 16-23, marks National FFA week. Sponsored by Tractor Supply Co., “FFA Week gives members a chance to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters host teacher appreciation breakfasts, conduct Ag Olympics competitions, speak to the public about agriculture, volunteer for community service projects and more. The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday,” according to the National FFA Association.

Throughout this week, I challenge you to ponder on the future of agriculture. As more young people migrate to urban areas in the pursuit of jobs that will support their families, there are fewer of us around to produce food for the next generation. How can we better support the next generation of farmers and ranchers? Who will grow the food for a growing planet that is expected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050?

One way to support future food producers is to share, like and repost on social media the much-talked about Dodge Ram Super Bowl advertisement. For every view, Dodge pledged to donate money to FFA, up to a whopping $1 million. In fact, that threshold was reached last week. It took less than a week to reach the 10 million view milestone equating to the $1 million donation. As of Feb. 14, the "Farmer" video had more than 18 million views on and

If you missed the commercial or would like to weigh in on the discussion, check out my blog post, "Dodge Ram Super Bowl Ad Gets Mixed Reviews."  With more than 90 comments from readers, it’s certainly been a hot topic of discussion.

And, in a fun play on words, here’s a YouTube video that is a parody to the poem, “So God Made A Farmer.” Check out this video and let me know what you think!

Were you in FFA? What are some of your fondest memories of your time wearing the blue corduroy jacket? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Discuss this Blog Entry 10

Andy (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

As a FFA Advisor, this is very true about what FFA is about. I have seen many great things from young people because of FFA and the way it helps them grow up and how it helps them become better citizens.

Vicki Brehm (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

I was in high school in the early 1970's. My freshman year I signed up for Introduction to Agriculture. I was so excited about being in the class and anticipated having that animal project that I had seen so many boys have. Well on day one of class I and one other female that dared sign up for Ag Class were removed from the class and sent to do duty at the central high school office. girls allowed...then. I am very happy to say that now at our local high school, 75% of the FFA Chapter officers are girls.

Bro. Mike Williams (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

There were so many great memories, it's hard to narrow them down to a few. It was always a great sense of accomplishment to complete a project, whether it was a livestock project and bring home a blue ribbon or even a
grand champion from the fair, or whether it was a corn project
and be able to excede a 100 bushels per acre (late 60's-early 70's) of coarse that's nothing these days.
Then there were those impromptude speeches,they would be of great help down the road for various speaking engagements and for when the Lord would call me to preach.
I always enjoyed participating in soil judging and livestock judging. It was great when our livestock judging team came in
4th in the state one year when I was on the team.
I served as an officer 2 years in our chapter, and probably one of my greatest memories was getting to attend the National FFA Convention in Kansas.I Cherish my upbringing
on the farm and those days as an FFA member. I was always proud to zip up the blue, knowing I played a part in
providing food to set on someone's table.
Praise God for the FFA members and for the farmer who puts food on our tables today and in the future.
Bro. Mike Williams,
Elizabethtown, Ky.
Hardin County

Lawrence Wansing (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

Being one of the older generation I was't one of the lucky ones to have had the opportunity to be in FFA,but I had 3 sons who were. There are so many opportunities for those that were FFA members to grow and become responsible citizens it is mind boggling.God bless the FFA

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

This is a great video and really captures the "heart and soul" of FFA!!
We need one done for 4-H!!

Midwest Farm Girl (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

What an awesome twist to the poem! Brought me right back to my FFA days. I can't narrow it down to just one memory, but I'd have to say all the friends I met through contests/conventions/fairs. Feel free to check out my take on FFA Week over on my blog, Happy FFA Week!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

Is it possible to get a copy, and if so, how?

Escapingthetower (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

I saw this video the other day and absolutely loved it! I got a late start to my FFA career, but I fell in love with the organization. Every time I put on official dress I would get stares and snickers, but I took pride in being able to wear the blue corduroy jacket that stood for so much. My favorite memory of being in blue would have to be National Convention my senior year where I discovered my personal passion for agriculture. Thanks to this convention I am now pursuing a degree in agriculture. Though I am finished with my FFA career I will always hold dear the lessons I learned being part of such an inspiring organization.
Be sure to check out my blog!

Jim Hamilton (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

On the importance of FFA: in 1964-65 I was my chapter reporter. I still write about FFA today as a editor and senior writer for a community newspaper group. FFA set me on a lifetime course of supporting agriculture.

Terry Church (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2013

I enjoyed the video. I believe that we need these young people in Agriculture. They're our future! I would love to see these FFA members carry the Agriculture story to all those they come in contact with, (there are so many that don't know the true Ag story). With National Ag Week and National Ag Day coming up in March, it would be a great time to tell the Ag story and celebrate our American Farmers and Ranchers and the job they do. As I said before we need these young people in FFA and also the 4-Hers in Agriculture. They are our Future and will be the ones feeding the mulitudes of people. We as adults need to encourage and support these young people. Without our youth we have no future. I was in 4-H, but was not in FFA. Both my son and daughter were in FFA and 4-H. I believe they benefited from these associations. I support both FFA and 4-H and encourage everyone to do the same.

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