January 2006
The Business of Farming

It’s Convention Time!

   Randa Owen from DeKalb County was selected as the Supreme Champion Showman at the Alabama Junior Beef Expo held March 10 through 12 at the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Pictured with her are show judge Clint Rusk of Indiana and her parents Kelly and Randy Owen.
It’s Convention Time!

Since I have been devoting so much of my time in preparation, I felt compelled to write this article about our 77th Annual Alabama FFA Convention. The convention will be held at the Student Activities Center on the campus of Auburn University for the third year in a row. The location was changed due to the renovation of the Montgomery Civic Center, which had been the home of the convention since 1977. More information about the past convention locations can be found on our website http:www.alabamaffa.org in the history section. The dates of the convention are May 31 – June 2, 2006. Most of the state Career Development Events will be held on May 30.

In previous articles I have been informing you about some of the activities in which FFA members participate. I would like to inform you that we are excited about presenting prize money and/or awards to FFA members from all across the state for their participation in FFA activities. FFA members will compete in fifteen different Career Development Events, 25 different Proficiency Award areas, Crime Prevention Awards, M.K. Heath Animal Health Award, District/State Star Farmer Awards, Mindy Stringer Memorial Scholarship, National Chapter Awards, Francis Mizell Memorial Scholarship, Bob’s Fundraising Scholarship, and Future Farmer/Agribusinessman of the Year Award this year at the state level.

The most important thing that you need to know about all of the prize money, banners, plaques, scholarships, etc. awarded is that they are made possible through the efforts of many partners in education that the FFA Association has developed over the 77 years of its existence. One of the partners that we are referring to is Alabama Farmers Cooperative. They have been a generous sponsor of FFA activities for many years. Without the financial backing of our partners and the wonderful assistance of the 335 local agriscience teachers in this state, the Alabama FFA could not offer all of these opportunities to its members.

Another activity of FFA and 4-H members in our state that I wanted to mention in this article is the youth livestock exhibitions. There are various shows around the state in which students have the opportunity to compete and learn valuable life lessons in the process. The time, effort, skill, and money that goes into youth livestock projects across this state is helping to develop the future citizens and leaders of our state. The livestock program in this state also has its fair share of partners that make it possible for that program to exist including, again, Alabama Farmers Cooperative. We don’t take the time to thank those that sponsor the activities in which our youth in Alabama benefit. I don’t want to list, for fear of leaving some out, all of the sponsors of activities that FFA members are privileged to participate in, but I do want to take advantage of this opportunity to say to all of the sponsors a heart felt THANK YOU for your contribution to worthwhile activities for Alabama’s youth.

Jacob Davis is the Executive Secretary for the Alabama FFA Association.

FFA Events to Remember:

State FFA CDE Competitions
May 30, 2006
Auburn University & Surrounding Area

District & State 4-H/FFA 
Dairy Judging Contest

May 30, 2006

Alabama FFA Convention
May 31, - June 2, 2006
Auburn University Student Activities Building

South Alabama Market Hog Show
June 12 - 13, 2006

Alabama National Fair
October 6 - 15, 2006

To see further information about youth animal science activities in Alabama, go to the following website: http://www.aces.edu/~rebert/ . This link will take you to the web page for Bob Ebert, Extension Livestock Specialist, with the Auburn Extension Service.)