Sitting at my desk minutes before the bell is going to ring, I hear my students talking about the most recent attempts by PETA to attack the agriculture industry through a post on Facebook. This is not uncommon but it has caught the attention of some of my students.
They have begun to realize the impact that an organization is having on something they love. As we began discussing the article they were shocked that someone would take the principles of FFA and create such a disturbing article about it! They could not believe individuals would actually think the FFA would hurt or abuse what they use to sustain their livelihood.
FFA is a dynamic organization that has helped students grow into leaders, advanced public speakers, and advocates for an industry that they love. I was able to share my passion this fall at National FFA Convention. I wanted to show my students that you need to stand up for what you believe in. Through personal growth, career success, and premier leadership FFA has changed hundreds of thousands of lives all over the country!
Each activity we do as a chapter my students learn responsibility and valuable life lessons that can help them in the future. Whether it be through a Career Development Event, Leadership Development Event, Chapter or National event our chapter and students strive to create a positive imagine and role model for the agriculture industry. I stress to my students that even when we are having fun people look up to them.
Our chapter took 40 members to National FFA Convention where they attended leadership sessions, toured a dairy farm, and learned about agriculture on a national level.
FFA is not just a career for me, but it was a club I enjoyed in high school! Nicole and I were both active in FFA. We served our chapter on at Career Development Events and as Chapter Officers. It guided me to my future career and a job I love waking up to each morning.
My goal for each one of you is to start a conversation about agriculture or even the FFA with someone else! If we don’t share the positive impact FFA makes in our own lives and the lives around us, who will?
I have been changed for the good.”
Mom took Nicole and I to see Wicked at the Fox Theater for Christmas. As we were listening to the songs and the plot unfolded, one song really stuck with me. It was the song “For Good.”
Wicked – For Good (with lyrics)
With the start of second semester of school this song rings true to me each and every day. As a teacher, I have the impact on students and I get to choice whether or not it is good. Not only do I have the opportunity, but Nicole and I also try to change individuals minds about the agriculture industry. If we, and others, don’t speak up those around us will be changed. But who can say they have been changed for the better? By educating others about our passion, agriculture, we hope to help them in return and mold them into who they will become.
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
As you read through the lyrics you can see how each and every day we have will change someone and it is up to us to decide whether it will be for good for not.
My challenge to you, at the start of the new year, is to think of this song and its lyrics each day you roll out of bed. You will change somebody each day, whether you realize it or not. Who can say if you have changed them for the good?
Hello! I’m Nicole, the youngest of the Show-Me Sisters.
My sister, Bethany and I have always been a part of agriculture. We grew up on our family farm in central Missouri where we have beef cattle, two horses, a dog and a small herd of cats. As kids, we had the typical farm life, jumping on hay bales, playing in creeks, and roaming the woods. We were in 4-H and eventually FFA. As kids, we were inseparable and to this day, are as close as sisters can be.
College is where our lives decided to take slightly different paths. Bethany got a degree in agriculture education while I went with Agriculture Business. I started college as a freshman who didn’t think they could handle one semester away from the farm and ended three years later, as a girl ready to take on the world.
Now, almost a year later, I finished a couple of internships and landed a job with MFA Inc. God truly blessed me when he placed me in this small town grain elevator!
You are probably wondering how we ever came to the idea of blogging.
Last week, Bethany texted me that she wanted to start a blog. Minutes later, the Show Me Sisters were born.
So strap in and join us on this crazy thing called life. Let us show you what it’s all about in our little slice of heaven!