When Paul Harvey gave his infamous FFA speech in 1978, “So God made a farmer,” little did he know that those words would have such an impact. Since then, his speech has inspired a truck advertisement and, more recently, the Louisa FFA Chapter’s tee-shirt design and slogan, “Feedin’, seedin’, weedin’ and breedin’ since 1928.”
That tee-shirt was entered into the National FFA Organization’s annual Chapter Tee-Shirt Contest, in which designs are scored and narrowed down to 12. The final dozen are then put up for an online vote to determine the top six designs in the nation. The Louisa FFA Chapter’s submission was among the top six.
Hunter Watkins, FFA Chapter president, reported at the Louisa FFA Chapter’s annual banquet that the tee shirts can be purchased online, and the local chapter will earn half of the first year’s profits in sales. In addition, 2014-2015 FFA officers will be featured on the National FFA website and magazine modeling the attire.
“This has been a very exciting opportunity for our chapter!” Watkins said.
But the tee shirt design project isn’t the only thing that Louisa’s FFA Chapter has been busy with this year. Members have done everything from livestock judging to horticultural demonstrations to tractor trouble shooting and garden competitions, to name a few.
And the FFA alumni have been there every step of the way supporting the students in various endeavors, including preparing the meal for the banquet and raising funds throughout the year at various events.
This year’s Outstanding FFA Alumni Award was presented to Debbie Hoffman, whom Watkins said embodies the organization’s motto of “living to serve.”
“From ordering supplies, to delivering meat, to cooking those amazing mashed potatoes … she is an advocate for FFA and agriculture serving on the Louisa County School Board, and is dedicated to both FFA and 4-H” Watkins said. “There is not enough we can say to express our gratitude and appreciation. All we can say is from the bottom of our hearts—thank you, Debbie.”
The FFA alumni started a new tradition with this year’s awards banquet in honor of the late Brian Huffman, the Louisa County School Board member who died suddenly on New Year’s Eve. The alumni presented a blue jacket to the FFA member that they agreed exemplified the spirit of the FFA—Amber Brookman.
To read the entire story, see the June 26 edition of The Central Virginian.