Poeschl Coming to Innovation Campus January 10th

Everyone is welcome to attend Mark Poeschl’s presentation for the UNL Heuermann Lecture series titled Leadership and Sustainability | Sustainability and Survivability: The Balancing Act to Feed the World. The presentation will take place on January 10th at 7:00 p.m. at Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. 

Poeschl was a FFA state president here in Nebraska in 1978-79. He graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and then moved to St. Louis to begin his career at Purina. Later he moved to Lewisburg, Ohio to work for an animal nutrition firm named Carl S. Akley, Inc. In 2007, he then became the CEO of North American Nutrition, and then in 2011 began working for Cargill Animal Nutrition. Poeschl is now the Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation. He is in charge of the long-term success of both the FFA organizations. He also assists in overseeing the family farm operation in Nebraska.

As you can tell he has had a big impact on FFA and Nebraska. You can  click here to find out more information about his presentation. Hope you can make it to Poeschl’s presentation on January 10th, but if not you can watch the presentation live if you  click here.



Nebraska National FFA Convention Results

Many FFA members, advisors and guests attended the 89th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis on October 19-22. Nebraska FFA members competed in contests during the Convention along with attended the career fair, listened to speakers and went sight seeing.


Here are the top results of Nebraska FFA members for the 2016 National FFA Convention:

  • Kourtney Kempkes of the Palmyra FFA Chapter was in the top 10 for the Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity.
  • Samuel Gifford, Benjamin Harms, Aaron Deunk and Adam Oldermeyer of the Norris FFA Chapter were the ninth place team in Farm Business Management.
  • Leigh- Anne Lehman, Colton Thompson, Riley Eisenhauer and Ayden Boller of the Eustis- Farnam FFA Chapter were the sixth place team in Meats Evaluation and Technology.
  • Colton Thompson of the Eustis- Farnam FFA Chapter placed as the second place individual in Meats Evaluation and Technology.
  • 147 American Degrees were awarded to Nebraska FFA members.
  • Jordan Paine of the Southern Valley FFA Chapter was an American Star Finalist in Agriscience.
  • Seth Janssen of the Waverly FFA Chapter was an Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship Proficiency Finalist.
  • Brent Miller of the Lyons- Decatur FFA Chapter was an Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Proficiency Finalist.

You can go to https://www.ffa.org/events/convention/2016-results to see the complete list of results.


(Photo credit: National FFA Organization)


Transform at the 2016 National FFA Convention October 19-22

In 1928, only 33 students attended the first National FFA Convention from 18 states. Those 33 young men elected Leslie Applegate as the first National FFA President. In 1929, the FFA colors officially became national blue and corn gold. The jackets worn today were adopted as official dress in 1933. Now, FFA programs are in all 50 states and two US territories. Across the United States there are 7,575 chapters. In Nebraska, there are 175 chapters with 7,400 FFA members.
Nebraska FFA members have transformed over the years to excel in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE), Career Development Events (CDE), Leadership Skills Events (LSE), community service projects and leadership in their communities.
Nebraska FFA has many members and chapters competing in events at National FFA Convention October 19-22 in Indianapolis.


  • 147 American Degrees will be awarded to Nebraska FFA members.
  • Jordan Paine of the Southern Valley FFA Chapter is an American Star Finalist in Agriscience.
  • Seth Janssen of the Waverly FFA Chapter is an Agricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship Proficiency Finalist.
  • Brent Miller of the Lyons- Decatur FFA Chapter is an Agriscience Research- Integrated Systems Proficiency Finalist.
  • 15 Nebraska FFA Chapters will be awarded with Star National Chapter Awards.

Boost Your Impact During FFA Week

FFA week is a time for FFA members to educate and advocate to their communities about agricultural education and FFA. FFA week began its tradition in 1947. They decide the dates of National FFA Week by when George Washington’s birthday is to honor him. This year, National FFA Week is February 20th-27th.

ffa week 2016

This year’s National FFA Week theme is “Amplify.” Amplify’s definition is: “to make larger, greater, or stronger.” This is exactly what everyone in FFA should do during FFA week. We want to make FFA known to all and how members benefit from the organization. Spread the word of FFA to make the organization larger, greater, and stronger. Nebraska FFA chapter activities can spark excitement by hosting an ag olympics, children’s barnyard, dress up days, newsletters, trivia competitions, quiz bowls, afternoon announcements, visiting the elementary school, handing out treats, and many other activities.

Hashtag #FFAweek on social media to share all of the activities you are doing to celebrate National FFA Week and boost your impact.


Nebraska FFA Boosts Their Impact At National FFA Convention

National FFA Convention begins in 2 short days! National FFA Convention will host over 60,000 FFA members and guests throughout the time the convention is going on. You are able to watch the broadcasts at www.FFA.org/convention. There will be a button you can push to watch the videos live. You are also able to watch all of the convention sessions on RFD-TV. If you are attending the National Convention, you can download the convention app, which is free, to see the activities and maps of the convention.


Nebraska FFA will be well represented at National FFA Convention this year! We have numerous FFA members and guests attending from Nebraska. Many students will be competing in events at convention.

  • Nebraska has 151 students earning their American FFA Degree.
  • Logan Peters from the Pender FFA Chapter is an American STAR Farmer Finalist.
  • Andrea Wach is the Nebraska representative to try for a National FFA Officer Position.
  • Jocelyn Sukup from the Creighton FFA Chapter is a national finalist with her Agricultural Processing Proficiency.
  • Ryan Schroeder from the Wisner-Pilger FFA Chapter is a national finalist with his Agriscience Research- Animal Systems Proficiency.
  • Benjamin Rice from the Norris FFA Chapter is a national finalist with his Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management Proficiency.
  • Brandon Funk from the Elgin FFA Chapter is a national finalist with his Grain Production- Placement Proficiency.

Congratulations to everyone and good luck competing!



Get ready to see some active FFA members in your communities. It’s National FFA Week! This week provides an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and supporters to advocate for ag education and FFA. Each FFA chapter sets up their own programming for the week, but we know some will be doing community service projects, doing “Ag Olympics” competitions and hosting appreciation breakfasts for their communities or teachers.

Want a quick history lesson?

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event, but a National Day. According to the National FFA Association, National FFA Day started in 1933. The week-long tradition began in 1947, when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week. This was to recognize Washington’s legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first official National FFA Week was in 1948. Today, the Week always starts on a Saturday and ends on a Saturday and includes George Washington’s birthday.

You can get in on the action on social media. Post your FFA memories, photos and what’s going on with FFA in your own communities on social media using #ffaweek. Let’s all join together to ignite FFA and agricultural education.

Celebrate the Successes of 2013 National FFA Convention

IgniteThe Nebraska FFA Foundation is very excited to share successes from the 2013 National FFA Convention. This year’s convention was held from October 30-November 2 in Louisville, KY. Over 60,000 members and guests attended to participate in general sessions, competitive events, educational tours, leadership workshops, career shows, volunteer sessions and much, much more.

Please join us in congratulating all students who competed in this year’s convention. They put a lot of time and hard work into these competitions!

Here are a few items to note of this year’s convention:

Nebraska had two Stars Over America Finalists. This award recognized outstanding achievements in Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE). Only sixteen individuals are chosen as finalists at each convention.

  • Star Finalist in Agriscience – Mark Keck, Plainview FFA
  • Star Finalist in Agribusiness – Eric Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA

Three students from Nebraska were chosen as National Proficiency Award Finalists. FFA members who excel in their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) programs can be recognized through the proficiency award program. The program encourages members to develop specialized skills towards a future career and members are recognized at the local, state and national levels.

  • Goat Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Area – Alyssa Hambleton, Fullerton FFA
  • Agricultural Services-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Area – Jared Knobbe, Imperial FFA
  • Agriscience Research-Animal Systems Proficiency Area – Patrick Arkfeld, Syracuse FFA

Brennan Costello of the Gothenburg FFA Chapter finished his year on the as the National FFA Central Region Vice President.

Three Nebraska FFA Chapters were finalists in the Model of Innovation – Community Awards. These National Chapter Awards recognize chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities, which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team and to serve others.

  • Conestoga FFA
  • North Bend FA
  • Plainview FFA

One Career Development Event team received a gold and placed seventh in this year’s competitions.

  • Agronomy Career Development Event – Twin River FFA (Gus Cromwell, Paul Jaixen, Preston Nelson, and Bryan Kummer)

Nebraska had thirteen students selected for the National Agriscience Fair this year, two of which received gold medals in their area.

  • Power Structural and Technical Systems – Brent Miller, Lyons-Decatur Northeast FFA
  • Environmental Systems – Brooke Pieke, Newman Grove FFA

Nebraska was well represented with five National FFA Band members and six National FFA Chorus members.

Former Executive Director of the Nebraska FFA Association, Donelle Wolters received her Honorary American FFA Degree.

And last, but certainly not least, 155 Nebraska FFA members received the American FFA Degree, the highest degree an FFA member can receive.

To view the comprehensive results document for Nebraska FFA, you can download it here.