3 Good Things That Happened this Year

We’re nearing the end of the year. A time when a lot of people reflect on the year as it closes and plan for big things in the coming new year.  What are three good things that happened to you this year?  How have those things changed your life or your way of thinking?  What are three things that happened in your life that were disappointments this year?  How did those things change your thinking, behavior, or attitude?  What did you learn from all of these experiences this year?

Your post is due Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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Arctic Apples

What are Arctic Apples?

Visit this site

Then, read this article.

Finally, read this article.

Visit the FAQ section of the Arctic Apple website, choose 8 of their FAQ’s and write about them on your blog. What are your concerns about the Arctic Apple? What things do you think consumers are worried about with regard to the Arctic Apple? How long does it take to get a crop of Arctic Apples?  Are there companies that are not wiling to add the Arctic Apple to their store shelves or restaurant menus? Are there alternative products to the Arctic Apple?  If so, tell me about it or them. What other Biotech foods are facing resistance in the marketplace? What are your thoughts? Is there room in the marketplace for GM crops and foods? Why or Why not.

Your post is due Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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The Power of Words

Gabe, Zach, Lindsey – how are you coming on Leadership CDE Prep?

For today, take a look at this video:


On your blog, react to what you saw.  How have words made a difference in your life?  Is there a time when a different set of words could have changed everything much like the new words in the video.  They basically said the same thing, but in a different way.  We use words everyday to communicate a host of different ideas, emotions, and information.  How could you choose your words more carefully to convey your meaning in a better way?

Your post is due Monday, October 30, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.


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Addiction Comes in all Forms

Gabe -the Ag Comm script needs to be finished by the end of the week.  Taylor has been working on it some.

Zach – Memorize your Ag Issues part.  Continue to research the school lunch program – specifically things that relate to your viewpoint.

Lindsey – you have Parli Pro to memorize and tests to work through.

Ashley and Connor – keep working on blog posts.  – Connor – don’t be a nuisance to those around you!

Make sure you are keeping up with the expectations for this class.  If in doubt, see them here.


For today, I’ve seen lots of stories lately about Cell Phone Addiction.  I witness it every block in my classroom.  Check out these four signs that you may have a problem:

  1. Do you panic when you’ve misplaced your phone?
  2. Are you on your phone during social situations or in the presence of family?
  3. Do you carry your smartphone everywhere, even to the bathroom?
  4. Do you go to sleep and wake up looking at your phone?

Watch the following video: (with earphones please)

On your blog – react to what you saw and heard. Do you exhibit signs of a cell phone addiction? What’s your plan for changing that habit?  If you’re not one of those addicted to their phones, tell me about your experiences with friends or family who are.  It always amazes me when my husband and I are out for dinner and the groups around us are all on their phones.  Seems they’d rather be with who ever they are texting than the people they are with.  It makes me wonder why they’re not with the person or people on the phone instead of the folks they’re with?  Does your family or your group of friends have any rules regarding cell phone use at meal time?  Tell me all about it.

Your post is due Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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DAPL In The News

Read this article

Read this article

On your blog, paraphrase each article.  Tell me what the story was about, what’s happening, who is involved, and why.  Why would a company like ETP be donating large sums of money to the areas that the pipeline crosses?  Find one more recent article (within the last six weeks) about the pipeline.  Provide a link to it and tell me what’s happening in the article.

Your post is due Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:15 a..m.

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Doing Things for Others

After you finish your blog post for today, please, do some work on your BIG Idea and/or CDE prep (for either nationals or this year.). New Ag Issues – we need our script written by this week Thursday!

National Ag Issues – Memorize!  Practice Thursday during SRB.

National Ag Comm – Memorize, study for tests.

Someone – please, turn off the coffee pot!

In the wake of the horrific attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, we’re seeing lots of stories in the news about heroes and those who are giving selflessly to help others.  What are some things that you enjoy doing to help others?  How did you get started in this activity, was it through your Church, a 4H group, Scouts, or on your own?  Why do you think that you enjoy this activity?  How does it make you feel to help others?  Have there been times when you have helped someone or done something nice for another and not gotten a thank you in response?  How did that make you feel?  Conversely, how often do you tell others Thank you for things that they have done for you?

Your Post is due Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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Standing, Kneeling, What do you think?

Unless you were living under a rock the last week or so, you’ve certainly noticed all the fuss about the National Anthem and the NFL – as well as other sporting events.  I’m interested in your thoughts on the subject.

Watch this video:

On your blog –  Share your thoughts on this matter.  Should people stand, should it be ok that they take a knee, should the NFL or other sporting groups take a stand and manage how their participants behave during the National Anthem? How do you feel about the President calling out the NFL on this issue?  Has the circus surrounding the National Anthem changed your viewing habits with regard to sport?  Is there a better way to make the point that Colin Kaepernick tried to make when he began this peaceful protest?  What was he protesting when he took a knee last season?

Your post is due Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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Things that make you crazy!

Congratulations to all the Homecoming Royalty!  We are especially proud of our own FFA members Tiffany, Derick, Gabs, Olivia, Isak, and Laura!

If you claim to have nothing to do:

  1. Memorize Ag Issues or Ag Comm Script for nationals
  2. Research to be better prepared to answer questions at nationals
  3. Study for your editing or communications quizzes
  4. Work on your BIG Idea
  5. Work on Leadership CDEs for this fall
  6. Work on your records in AET
  7. See the expectations for this semester here.

For today:

What qualities in people make you crazy?  Is it dishonesty, lethargy, selfishness, indecisiveness?  Do people who are always happy and bubbly make you want to smack them? What about those who appear to always be trying out for the role of “Mr. Crabby Pants”?  How do you deal with these people or their personality qualities?

Your post is due Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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The Man in the Red Bandana

Watch this video:

On your blog:

What traits or characteristics are exhibited by those who act in an heroic manner in difficult and/or dangerous circumstances?  What motivates a person to reach out and help others, including strangers, despite the fact that it may pose a danger?  What is your definition of a hero?  Who do you consider to be your hero?  Why?  What do you remember about September 11th?  How old were you?  While you may not have been aware of the September 11th attack or its affects on our daily lives, many things in our country have changed because of the events of September 11, 2001.  What has changed?

If you are interested in seeing more about the September 11th attacks, check out the timelines here.  

Your post is due Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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Will Irma Impact us in South Dakota?


Read this article

How are agricultural producers and processors preparing for Irma?  What protection can producers provide for their livestock?  What is the current economic impact of Harvey on Texas cotton producers?  Can sugar cane fields and orange groves be protected from Irma?  When is sugar cane harvest slated to begin?  What has happened to sugar and orange juice concentrate futures markets in the lead up to Irma?  What does this mean for you and I and our families?  What portion of the sugar produced in the US is produced in Florida?  Prices of what other commodity are closely tied with sugar?  Why?  What is the biggest risk to cotton production in North Carolina?  What percent of cotton acres are represented by North and South Carolina?  Where does North Carolina rank in hog and turkey production?  Who is the largest hog producer and processor in the country?  Who owns the company?  How could Irma affect you?  What could we expect to see in the coming weeks and months following what could be devastation in Florida and the southeast?

Your post is due Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

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