Independence FFA Reporter
Independence FFA Year In Review
The 2017/18 school year has been a successful and exciting year for the Independence FFA Chapter. The year started with an officer retreat for the new officers where they bonded as a team, and worked on leadership skills. The first chapter event was a back to school barbecue, where new and current FFA members met and talked about plans for the year. This year, the FFA Chapter were able to build on their community service project Fed in the Field. This year for Fed in the Field, over 100 meals were delivered to local farmers while they were harvesting. Chapter members also got to participate in the planting and harvesting of the FFA test plot this year, which was very successful.
The chapter has competed in many different events including state meat judging, state soil judging, dairy judging, pork congress, vet science CDE, and nursery landscape CDE. This year, the marketing plan team placed second at state, meat judging team received sixth at state, the nursery landscape team placed sixth, and the vet science team placed ninth. Members also attended Legislative Symposium in Des Moines recently, where they advocated for agriculture education while speaking with local legislators. Many chapter-bonding events were held including pumpkin carving, and Christmas cookie decorating. Many FFA members showed at county fair this year, and five competed at state fair. 14 members attended National FFA Convention this year, where they attended workshops about leadership and other topics. February 18th – 23rd is National FFA Week, and it is jam packed with events this year. The 19 members competing at Sub-Districts on February 21st, at Hawkeye Community College are preparing for the first leadership CDE contest of the year. The entire chapter is also preparing for their banquet on April 15th.