FFA: Enjoy It While You Can

Like many other Missouri State Agriculture students, I have spent the past few days helping with the FFA District judging contests. These contests, held during the first of April every year, bring in high school FFA students and advisors from all over southwest Missouri. With this flood of students to the Missouri State Campus and the Darr Agricultural Cener, also brings back so many memories I had during my FFA years.

I helped work the dairy and equine contests. During the equine contest, I helped by riding horses in the performance class, making sure students were not talking and organizing score sheets. In the dairy contest, I helped by organizing showmen, leading cattle for students to judge and taking reasons. It was definitely a long day; however I really did enjoy it. It brought back so many memories, as well as allowed me to see what the future of agriculture looks like. I also had the opportunity to watch my little sister judge horses, which is a very proud moment for a big sister to watch! 🙂

Being able to still be a part of the FFA by helping with contests is something I am grateful for. Seeing students work so hard to represent their chapter well and hoping to make it to state contests is just so humbling for me to watch. Just seeing so many high school students participate in these contests is a great feeling in itself.

With all this being said, I made the decision that I sure do miss the FFA. Early mornings to head to contests, roadtrips to convention, weekend stays in Columbia, long days spent in official dress, wearing my blue jacket, memorizing speeches, FFA camp and the list goes on and on. FFA has done so much for me and has opened so many doors. Looking back, I wish I would have not taken those years for granted…

 Once again my AGventures has led me to an experience that has the wheels in my head turning. The time I dedicated to working contests these past few days has me really thinking about what FFA has done for me. It also has me thinking about how it needs to be stressed to current members about how they will miss FFA one day. If you are one of those current members, I advise you to enjoy every second! If you are like me, I encourage you to reflect, as well as encourage those current members you know.

So I leave you with this: What has FFA done for YOU? Think about it. You never know where your thoughts will end up.

Until next time…  Ali


  1. i miss it too it was so much fun doing contests wither it was a speech of a judging contest and i made many friends in them some i am still good friends with today FFA has made me who i am today.

  2. Much like you, I was able to help with district contest this week, although I helped with speaking on Saturday. It’s so much fun to see FFA members anxiously waiting for their turn to give their speech or for their contest to start….reminds me of the many butterflies I’ve had over the years before FFA interviews and contests. I learned SO much through my FFA experiences, and I’m blessed to be able to share my knowledge with members, whether it’s through tips on a speech or tips for an interview. It’s so rewarding to see them succeeding.

  3. It was a lot of fun and definitely brought back many memories!!!

    It is also very rewarding to see FFA students today succeeding. FFA has also taught me a lot, and I am very thankful to have been a part of it.

    Thank you both for your comments!

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