Annual Tire Auction to Include Harley-Davidson and John Deere Gator and Online Streaming

(LINCOLN) – Titan Tire Corporation, a subsidiary of Titan International, Inc., will be hosting a tire auction for Nebraska FFA at Husker Harvest Days on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. In its fourth year, the 2016 auction will also include a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle and John Deere Gator.

“We take great pride in supporting the FFA and helping to benefit the next generation of growers,” says Scott Sloan, agricultural product manager at Titan International. “FFA is a great leadership program for students looking to continue in agriculture and ag business fields. If you spend any time with these kids, you can see that the future is bright for agriculture, and Titan is glad to help them along the way.”

To participate in this year’s auction:

  • Sign in at the FFA registration desk for a bid number to participate in the auction in person. Can’t make it to the sale? The auction will be streamed live on bigiron.com. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
  • Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, participants can place bids on a selection of Titan and Goodyear Farm tires, as well as a John Deere Gator and Harley Davidson motorcycle. The highest bids win and all proceeds support Nebraska FFA members.
  • The list of tires that will be auctioned off and details on the John Deere Gator and Harley Davidson can be downloaded here.
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DuPont Pioneer Recognizes Future Leaders

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DuPont Pioneer knows that Nebraska FFA students will be leaders that will be able to lead the future agricultural industry. They recognize the skills that students develop through FFA programs. They especially recognize the agricultural science education taught in the classrooms that teaches them leadership skills, science skills, and practical knowledge learned through SAE projects. They believe that it is a benefit to support students because they want students to be able to have the entire FFA experience. Mark Deterding, DuPont Pioneer Commercial Unit Lead said, “Being a supporter of FFA allows us to help prepare the next generation of agriculturists and community leaders.”

DuPont Pioneer and their independent sales representatives support numerous local FFA chapters. They have provided local grants for many years to chapters. They have also provided more than $1,000,000 to support CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) nationally.

DuPont Pioneer is a sponsor for the Nebraska FFA AgriScience Fair. They believe that being a sponsor of this contest is essential for students to have an understanding of the scientific side of agriculture. Deterding said, “We need innovative thinkers working for companies like DuPont Pioneer developing the next break through that will help farmers be more productive and efficient on their acres. The AgriScience Fair allows us to help inspire students to think of the many different ways they can work in agriculture. The innovative ideas developed by students in the AgriScience Fair show the amazing potential these students will bring to the industry.”

The Nebraska FFA Foundation would like to thank DuPont Pioneer for their generous donations.

Supervised Agricultural Experiences a Vital Component of Agricultural Education and our Communities

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The three-circle model illustrated here is what makes agricultural education unique.

The summer issue of New Horizons, the publication for FFA members, is out and we couldn’t be more proud. Front and center is one of Nebraska’s own FFA members. Jared Knobbe’s story does a great job of modeling the impact a Supervised Agricultural Experience, or SAE, can have on agricultural education students. As the three-circle model of agricultural education illustrates on the right, students can incorporate the skills they’re learning in the classroom and the leadership qualities they’re developing in FFA into practice with their SAE. It also brings value to a community and encourages FFA members to find and pursue the career path that’s right for them. It turns out that with a little hard work, you can put yourself through college too!

Hop on over to the FFA New Horizons website to read the full story.

Meet Your State Officer: Paige Dexter

This post is the last in our series of Nebraska FFA Officers where you get to know the 2014-15 team. This month, let’s meet State President Paige Dexter from the Chambers FFA Chapter.

Paige Dexter, Nebraska FFA PresidentWhat FFA activities were you involved in during high school?

Since FFA was new to my school, I wanted to try as many activities as possible. I enjoyed competing in Livestock Evaluation, Job Interview, Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Communications, Ag Biotechnology, Meats Evaluation, Farm Business Management, and Veterinary Science. These were all great activities that encouraged me to learn about the many aspects of the agriculture industry and put my knowledge to work through application.

In high school, who did you look up to as a role model and why?

During high school, I looked up to my band instructor, Mr. Duane DeVries. He has always been a man of service, where he would go the extra mile in order to help a student, faculty member, or friend succeed. A bright smile and a friendly hello was his signature greeting. I admired his dedication to his program and its students, and I appreciated his excitement in everything he did. With over 40 years of teaching under his belt, he still held his students to the highest standard and was excited to hear his band perform every single day.

What do you do for fun?

When I get the chance, I love to make use of my creativity and craft making abilities. Whether I have paper, wood, or paint, I enjoy constructing handmade crafts. Music is also a big part of my life. I pull out my guitar and strum a chord or two whenever I get the chance. Since I taught myself a few years ago, I’ve always found it a challenging way to test my patience, yet take a relaxing break from reality.

What were your Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) and how did you become involved in them?

Growing up on my family’s ranch, one of my SAEs was helping raise our cow/calf herd, as well as hay during the summer months. I also worked with my dad in his custom hay equipment business, selling parts and fixing machinery. Lastly, during my senior year, my ag advisor encouraged me to become involved in agricultural education as I paired up with my school’s Kindergarten students, planning and teaching lessons on agriculture, while incorporating technology in the classroom.

Where are you attending college and what are you majoring in?

I am attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I am majoring in Agricultural Education, with a minor in Entrepreneurship.

What activities are you becoming involved with as a college student?

At the University, I am becoming involved in the Ag Ed Club, the Engler Entrepreneurship Program, and Nebraska Human Resource Institute (NHRI). I look forward to being involved in many other service and volunteer activities, spreading the knowledge of agriculture to all ages and interest groups.

What are your future career goals?

With my intended major, my career goal is to become an agricultural educator. I will help others develop as unique individuals, find their personal leadership styles, and encourage them to follow their passions in life through agricultural education and FFA.

What inspired you to run for a state officer position?

During my junior year, I had the opportunity to attend the National FFA Convention. Watching those genuine, down-to-earth National Officers on stage inspired me to take a higher step of leadership within FFA. Later on that year, at the Nebraska FFA State Convention, I decided that running for state office was in my future. I wanted to impact student lives, helping those individuals realize their leadership opportunities and potential.

What has been the best part of your officer year so far?

The overall, best part of my officer year so far has been the opportunity to connect with so many individuals involved in FFA, not only within the state, but throughout the nation. I am intrigued to hear about their varying backgrounds and cultures. These connections allow us to grow as individuals, realize the diversity of our world, and form an even greater organization dedicated to unity and service.

What words of advice do you have for FFA members across the state?

Everything happens for a reason, and absolutely anything is possible. If someone would have asked me one year ago where I saw myself one year down the road, “being a state officer” would have been the last answer to come to mind, even though it was a significant goal of mine. FFA was established two years ago in my school. I knew that I would have to overcome many hurdles in order to run for state office. Fortunately, one year later, after pursuing my dream, I now am honored to serve as the Nebraska FFA State President. I don’t believe that I was lucky, I believe that this was God’s plan all along.

What has been your biggest moment of learning as a state officer?

In July, I was fortunate enough to attend State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C. This week-long leadership conference was a learning moment from the time I left home, until the time I left D.C. From traveling all by myself, to engaging in the most thought-provoking leadership conference, I learned a lot about who I am as a person and as a state officer, as well as how I will help lead Nebraska FFA this year. This week helped me realize that life is all about breaking out of our comfort zone, for that is where we become the most vulnerable and make the greatest changes.

FFA Members Go All Out! This Week

FFA-Week_Go-All-Out_VerticalFFA Week isn’t just about the fun it brings to local chapters across the country, but about keeping the tradition and continuing the legacy of agriculture education. The purpose of FFA Week is to bring FFA members, alumni and sponsors together to advocate for FFA and agriculture education.

“Learning to do, Doing to learn, Earning to live, Living to serve.”- The FFA Moto. This moto gives students and advisors the core foundation to why they are involved in agriculture. This foundation gives purpose to the importance of FFA week and the impact it has on local chapters and their communities.

FFA Week originally started out at FFA Day at the 1933 National FFA Convention in hopes of having a special Future Farmers Day in the future. This week long event takes place during George Washington’s birthday, in recognition of his memory and legacy of his agriculture and farming background. George Washington, born on a plantation in Virginia, was one to the first to create interest in agriculture throughout the 1700’s.

This year’s National FFA Week theme is “Go all out!” encouraging students to promote agriculture education and FFA. FFA Week provides many opportunities for chapters to create a variety of events to help “Ignite” a passion for agriculture, which was last year’s theme. These events can be hosted by students, alumni or sponsors in the classroom or in the community. Different events chapters have done in the past have been Ag Olympics, children’s barnyard, dress up days, newsletters, trivia competitions, quiz bowls, and morning announcements sharing information.

Over the years FFA Week has “Ignited” the passion of agriculture and encouraged many to “Go all out!” to advocate for agriculture education.

Introducing the Refreshed FFA Emblem

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A prevailing truth about human nature is that change can be tough. That’s especially true when it comes to iconic imagery that inspires pride, reflection, motivation and plenty more inside millions of people.

The FFA emblem is all of those things. It’s a mark that has stood the test of time, a familiar friend that  takes us to our roots and stands for our pursuit of premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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I Believe in the Future of Ag Video Contest Underway

I-Believe-in-the-Future-of-AgThis December marks the second year the Nebraska FFA Foundation hosts a video contest for FFA chapters as part of the I Believe in the Future of Ag program.

Nebraska FFA chapters were challenged with creating a 30 to 60 second video. The video must display what their FFA chapter would do with $1,000 in their community and four videos were selected for the voting round.

The Ashland-Greenwood FFA Chapter would plant a garden around the new Ashland Community Center.

The Blair FFA Chapter would like to expand their local garden to donate more produce to the local food pantry.

The McCool Junction FFA Chapter would like to start a live animal lab, in honor of Clayton Real, a former FFA member.

The Sandy Creek FFA Chapter would create garden beds for the Pre-school to grow produce, providing food to donate to the local food pantry, send gift baskets overseas and donate gifts to the giving tree at Christmas.

Click here to hop over to the Nebraska FFA Foundation website, watch all four videos and vote for your favorite. Then come back each day to vote again. The contest ends on December 31, 2014.