The Collins-Maxwell Agriculture Department and FFA were established in 1997. There has been a continued increase in activities since the first year. We have 35 FFA members in the chapter this year. FFA members are becoming more involved and are looking to try new activities. The chapter participates in sub-district, district and state FFA CDE’s (Career Development Events). Some of these Leadership events include Ag Broadcasting, Greenhand Quiz, Chapter Quiz, Ag Sales, Program of Activities, and Ag Issues and Perceptions. Agriculture Skills events include Livestock Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Landscape and Nursery, Horse Evaluation and Agronomy. The FFA is also involved in many other fun and exciting local activities. Attending the National FFA Convention is among the most exciting activity of them all.

FFA members have many opportunities to learn in the classroom, working with their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects, and participating in FFA activities. FFA members and agricultural students learn about job getting skills, job keeping skills, occupational skills, and numerous leadership skills. The skills that they learn will be used the rest of their lives.

FFA Week is a time to celebrate and promote this great organization. FFA week activities include Ag Appreciation Breakfast, daily school trivia questions, tractor day (depends on weather) and dress-up days. This year we will have Ag Olympic events to close out FFA Week. We encourage all middle school and high school students to participate in these activities. They can win prizes for answering questions right and awards for being the “Best Supporters.”

The Ag Program has added two tremendous instructional tools. First, the greenhouse was operational last year and we held our first annual plant sale that was a great success. The greenhouse is used for other class research projects. This year we will be growing some new plants that individuals asked for or would like to see. Second, the CNC plasma machine is fully operational. Students have been learning some basics of metal fabrication. They will learn to operate the CNC machine and prep metal for painting.

The Collins-Maxwell FFA would like to thank the communities of Collins and Maxwell, Collins-Maxwell school administration, and Collins-Maxwell school board for all of the support. We want to continue making the Collins-Maxwell FFA and agriculture programs the best they can be.