SAE, State Degree, Stars, Proficiencies, etc!

We’re going to use part of today to work in AET on our SAE records.


Seniors in their 3rd or 4th year of membership will be completing the State FFA Degree application.  There are several of you that should also complete the Star Battery for Star Farmer, Star Placement, or Star in Agribusiness.  There may even be a long shot Star in Agriscience??

The Star Battery is very similar to the proficiency apps we completed last year.

All Ag Leadership students will be completing a Proficiency app – or two!  We may not submit all of them for state judging, but, everyone will complete at least one.  Those of you who did proficiencies last year – you’ll need to update the one you did last year AND do another one – so start thinking about what area or areas you can fit yourself into!  Here are the 2017 descriptions

All of these applications will be completed in AET.  We will break things down into chunks, each with a corresponding due date.  More on that in another post.

Please refer to this sae-idea-sheet if you need to get some ideas for where what you are already doing fits into an SAE.

Before we do anything, we need to get our records in order.  See the Student Help section of AET here.

For accountability purposes, today’s blog post will be answering the following questions on your blog.

1. Your SAE – describe it, give an idea of its scope (size) how many acres, animals, square foot, hours etc.

2. What career cluster your SAE fits best into – use the SAE Idea Sheet linked above.  You may fit in several Clusters.

3. What Proficiency Area or areas will you apply in?  What area did you apply in last year?

4.  How far are you on completing your records?  You’ll need to have your records complete for each year you have been in FFA?  Let me know – done with sophomore year and half way with junior year etc.

Your post is due Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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What are the facts?

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been in the news. A LOT!  So – what’s fact and what’s fiction about the Pipeline?


Read this article

Read this article

Read this article

Finally, read this article.

So – what’s fact and what’s fiction?  How will the pipeline impact those in it’s path?  Will Agriculture, the environment, or the economy be impacted – how or why not?  What things did you believe to be true that you learned the opposite about? What’s the current status of things with the pipeline and the protestors?  How much of the pipeline has yet to be completed?  How with South Dakota’s economy be impacted by the pipeline?  What are your personal feelings about the pipeline?  Have you personally been effected?

Your post is due Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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20 Things We Should Say More Often!

Continue preparation for Leadership CDEs!  I need to put some grades in the book relative to your Leadership CDE requirement.  SO – review this post.  Specifically this portion:

Prepare for Leadership CDEs – whether competing or not, everyone will complete at least the following prior to November 1, 2016:  We will discuss how these items will be handed in……

If you have handed things in, remind me.  I know that I have material from Nichole, Sam, Carson, Dalton, Lauryn, Kyle and Ellie?  Anyone else?  I have half of the assignment from Jake, Kenzie, Emma, Jared, Shane, Branzon, Hunter, Carter, Tyndall, and Cassia.

Mid-Term is upon us!  How are your grades?  Will you be eligible?  Get busy!

I am caught up with grading blog posts – are you caught up?

Next week – we’re going to start spending a lot of time in AET – TOGETHER!  That means I will be guiding you step by step and we will all work in AET at the same time.  Don’t plan on getting other homework done during Ag Leadership for a while!  We’ll be working on updating records, State Degrees – for seniors with 3 or more years of membership – sorry Paige, National FFA Scholarships – all Seniors, Proficiency apps – all of you! Let this be your notice that you will need pictures!  At least 6 of them!

For today:

What things does the Kid President talk about being important to say more frequently?  Are there additional things that you think he missed?  How can you put the Kid President’s advice into action in your life?  Would an extra corn dog or two in your life make things better?  What’s really the big message of this video? You are awesome!

Your post is due Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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Ag Communications – Carson, Emma, Jake, and Lauryn – check your email.  Please – run through your presentation a couple of times during class today.  Study for your editing test and communications test.  There are 3 teams at district.  You have to be in the top 2 to make it to state.

Market Plan – Kenzie, Nic, and Sam – finalize what you want on your tri-fold and we will start cutting things out Wednesday and Thursday this week.  Run through your presentation a couple of times too please.  I will need your final version of your written work on Thursday. There are currently 2 teams at district.

Job Interview – Carson and Dalton – I need your letter, resume, and handwritten job application on Thursday.

Sophomores and Juniors – So far two of you have downloaded the SAE Grant application.  They are due next week Tuesday – November 15th.  Some of you have A LOT of work to do!  There are currently 10 grants with NO applicants! and only two grants with more submissions than awardable grants.  Free money folks – come get it!

BIG Idea judging is happening right now. The goal is to announce the 8 finalists by this Friday!

14390663_1454392317910279_7036770004307655959_nWhat is the best decision you’ve ever made?  Why do you see it as your best decision?  Was it a decision that you struggled with or was it an easy one to make?  Was your decision unpopular with your friends?  Did you have to convince your parents that this was the right choice?  Tell me all about it.

Your post is due Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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What Stands Out?

If you are available to help with a fundraiser at Sunshine tomorrow – November 5th from 9:30 – 1, please let me know.  We need at least 8 people.  It’s a lot of fun and pretty easy – you just stand at a station in the store and hand out samples of yumminess!  We’ll take turns running different sample stations so you’ll get to try everything.  Take my word for it – you won’t need to eat lunch!

All written materials for District Leadership need to be turned in by next week Thursday.  this means Job Interview, Prepared Speaking, Ag Comm, Ag Issues, and Market Plan.

Job Interview people will also have to complete their hand written job application.

Underclassmen – sophomores and juniors – get going on your SAE grants please.

14117824_1434533003229544_1987374976325804831_nWe’ve had a pretty eventful month here at WC!  In good ways and bad ways we’ve experienced things that we’ll remember for quite some time.  When you look back over the past month, what moment or moments stand out for you?  Why? Are there moments you never thought you’d experience?  Did things happen that took you to a place you didn’t expect to be?  Have the events of the past month left you feeling good about your life, hopeful, proud, or sad and disappointed?  Tell me all about it!

Your post is due Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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The Ugliest Woman in the World

I will need Job Interview letters and resumes, Market Plan Written material, Ag Comm Media Plan, and the Ag Issues Portfolio TOMORROW – October 26th.  I will need to convert to pdf, compress, and email along with our final registration for Jackrabbit Leadership Invite.

Remember – the requirements for Leadership CDEs for this class are due November 1.  Please send them in ONE email.

Sophomores and Juniors – How are you coming on your SAE grants – they are due November 15th. So far, only one student has created the application in AET!

There’s been a lot of great things and a few really not so great things happening in our lives lately.  Sometimes I find that I need to take a step back and try to put my life and my struggles into perspective.

Watch this video:

We all have things about ourselves the we may not like.  For instance – I really dislike my nose!  Seeing my profile in Liz’s Star video makes me cringe!  What things does Lizzie find as up-sides to her condition?  What does the video make you think about?  How does it make you feel?  Does it make you feel guilty about those times when you’ve been the person saying negative things about another’s appearance?  How do you feel about your physical shortcomings after watching this video?

Your post is due Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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Learning That Leads to Change

All printed or written material for Leadership CDEs for those competing at Jackrabbit Invite are due October 26th before noon!  I have to submit all the materials at the time of our final registration. That only gives us a few days after returning from National Convention.  This means Ag Issues Portfolio, Ag Comm Media Plan, Market Plan, Public Speeches, and Job Interview things.
14067505_1430633863619458_7215226678568773308_n-1What have you learned recently that has changed the way you live?  Or changed your outlook on something or the way you feel about a particular issue?  Have you had a “life changing” experience that put things in a new perspective for you?  If so, what happened?  Are you disillusioned by the current Presidential election?  Do you doubt the importance of your solitary vote in the grand scheme of things?  Do you look at certain things differently than you used to when you were younger?  My opinions on a lot of things have changed over time, perhaps I’m just more cynical?  What about you, is there something you used to things was the absolute best that you’re not as fired up about now?

Your post is due Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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In the Future

If you are interested, the National FFA Convention sessions will be streamed online at  It is also available on DISH and Direct TV on RFDTV.  Liz Renner will be on stage as a Star in AgriScience finalist on Thursday night during the 7:00 session.  Indy is on Eastern time, so when it’s 7:00 p.m. there, it’s only 6:00 p.m. here at home.

14292414_1454395141243330_4541265527436330543_nIt’s time to polish up your imagination and do a little bit of day dreaming.  What do you see when you look to the future?  Is it the kind of world you want to live in?  Why or why not?  Are there events that you think may change our world for the better or worse?  What will the industry of agriculture look like 25-50 years from now?  How do you think technology will be different, more advanced, more intrusive in that same time frame? Spend some time dreaming and imagining and tell me all about it!

Your post is due Friday, October 21, 2016b at 8:15 a.m.

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Backpacks full of dreams

National Convention – We leave a week from today!  Tuesday, October 18, 2016.  Be at the airport at 4:00 a.m. ready to go.  Don’t forget your driver’s license.  The balance of your payment is due this week!

Keep working on Leadership CDE materials.  Make sure your name is on the sign up sheet on the door for the event or events you’ll be entering.  I will register our chapter on Friday – October 14th.

BIG Ideas are due Thursday!  So far – Four BIG Ideas have been submitted!


For today:  If you were forced to eliminate everything in your life except what could fit into a single backpack what would you put in it?  Why did you choose the things that you did?  Why are they important to you?   What would you use them for?  How would they improve your quality of life?

Your post is due Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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In Over Your Head

Keep working on your BIG Ideas.  They are due next week Thursday!

Keep working on Leadership CDE materials.  We have to register next week Wednesday – and will have to submit any written material for judging at that time – Job Interview, Market Plan, Ag Issues, and Ag Comm. Carson, Lauryn, and Emma – PLEASE – sit down together and force yourselves to get some writing done. Use old media plans as your guide.

Keep working on your SAE records in AET.

Sometimes it’s easy to get in “Over your head”.  Describe a situation where you had to request help of assistance on a project or assignment.
shutterstock_69626902What caused you to get in over your head?  Who was or is to blame?  How did you react to the situation?

Your post is due Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

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