The New York State Agricultural Society awarded its 2013 “FFA Chapter of the Year” Award to the Belleville Henderson FFA Chapter at its 181st Annual Agricultural Forum on January 10th in Syracuse. The New York State Grange sponsors this award and presented the “golden tractor” rotating trophy. (article submitted by: Marcie Hauri, student)
For a chapter who sends over 30 FFA members to a chapter officer training, has done interviews on a local television station to further educate the public about agriculture, and has three different research crops for their students, there is no question why Belleville Henderson FFA is the chapter of the year.
Ms. Tedra McDougal is the agricultural teacher and advisor at Belleville Henderson. There she teaches Aquaculture, Horticulture, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Animal Science, and Agricultural Engineering. This October at the 2012 National FFA Convention, State President Amanda Rhodes proudly went up on stage to accept a plaque for Belleville Henderson-- chapter of the year for New York State.
Belleville Henderson FFA helps to develop their members on a personal level through leadership conferences such as COLT (Chapter Officer Leadership Training), and the 212/360 leadership conference in January. Members also have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing with Poulin Grain where students work with others in the agricultural industry and learn about becoming dairy nutritionists.
On the chapter level Belleville Henderson grows and sells their own sweet corn as a way to educate the students on what environmental conditions are necessary to grow quality corn and to teach them how to manage their finances with a hands-on experience. In addition to growing corn and learning about business management of the chapter, they also hold a Community Agricultural Fair attended by over 300 community members to learn more about agriculture and to see what students have done with their exhibits.
Belleville Henderson FFA is very involved in their community: they collect canned food items to donate to the Rhode Center-- a local food pantry, and Ms. McDougal and the chapter work with 4th grade students to make dog biscuits to donate to the homeless dogs. Another thing that the chapter does annually in their community is to read to the elementary classes on Ag Literacy day to teach younger students where their food comes from.
Congratulations to Belleville Henderson FFA and to Ms. Tedra McDougal for all of your work and dedication to educate the public and further FFA and agriculture.
Strengthening agriculture since 1832, the Ag Society played an instrumental role in establishing vital organizations in New York State including Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Fair, LEAD New York, and most recently, the New York State Agricultural Society Foundation. The Society's mission is to improve New York agriculture through education, leadership development and recognition programs. For more information or to join the NYS Agricultural Society visit www.nysagsociety.org or contact Executive Secretary, Penny Heritage, at email@example.com , (518) 384-1715.
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Front Row—NYS Ag Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, Paige Levandowski- NYS FFA Vice President, Samantha Furman, Jazmine Ferguson, Tedra McDougal- Advisor, Stephen Coye- NYS Grange (award sponsor).
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Greetings, NY FFA!
This convention was an exciting one. We had teams and competitors in every single event. Our National Officer Candidate, Morgan Shaver, represented the very best of our state with grace and enthusiasm. State Officers made some of the most compelling, logical arguments for a key constitutional change I’ve seen in five years observing and helping with the national delegate process. On stage, NY students shone – students from Granville, Stockbridge Valley and Tri-Valley lit up the stage in the band and chorus. Behind the scenes, NY alumni made convention work. Several key roles were filled by OUR FFA alumni members. The Expo was loaded with former members helping students make strong decisions about college and careers. And of course, every NY student had a chance to recognize that they can achieve the highest levels of leadership in FFA as one of OUR members, Kenny Quick, served the last few days of his National Officer year of service. This success can be credited to the advisors who have built this association with their dedication to students and to agriculture.
We’re starting to see greater success on a level beyond New York – and it is well deserved. But just as the officers challenged our members – we have room to grow as well. I think a phenomenal example of this is the Tri-Valley FFA earning the national Model of Innovation award for Community Development. This is not the first time they’ve applied, nor is it the first time they’ve been a finalist – but after years in the making, the chapter was finally recognized for something they’ve been doing well – and improving steadily – for years.
As a state, we do many things well. Our classrooms are packed with relevance and taught by caring teachers. Our FFA members are eager and filling state level events. Student SAEs are diverse and there are some phenomenal projects throughout the state. The things your chapters do for students, for your schools and for your communities are practically unrivaled. I believe we can continue to see more NY students and schools being recognized by continuing to emphasize and facilitate the recognition process. We can take student development and the level of instruction we’re delivering to the next level. I’m going to do my part from the state office to provide as much support as possible, and as a state we can continue to grow the value of what we do for our students and our chapters.
A little success brings a desire for greater success – and this is an exciting time to not only celebrate what NY FFA has already accomplished but to envision where we will go, together. I believe we’ll see schools making impacts in their community’s fight against hunger; students developing better speaking skills than we’ve ever seen on the local level; SAE projects that are garnering attention beyond our state convention stage and chapters being recognized for the full value of what they are delivering.
Let’s start by telling our story. I’d encourage you to have your students write an article about their convention experience and send it to local media. Have them connect with your local supporters – partners, administrators, school boards – to share with them the value of what they just did. Sit down with your chapter officers to identify how they want to grow their membership and grow your chapter’s success. Capitalize on the post-convention enthusiasm. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Congratulations on all the success you earned this week in Indianapolis. Thank you for making me proud to say that I represent NY FFA.
NY FFA Executive Secretary
Here is where to find everything about New York going on at the 2012 National FFA Convention!
2 Highlights that I would point out right now...
- New York State Photo is Friday, Oct 26 – 1:45 pm!
- Retiring Address Ken Quick, Thursday, Oct 25, Session 2, 2pm
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