Message from Ohio FFA President
Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…welcome to 2021! Many of us may have quickly put 2020 behind us due to the many hardships it presented. Nevertheless, it is important that we reflect on the great strides that our association has made and recognize the accomplishments of our members.
In a time when it would have been easier to close the door and say, “we’ll try again next year,” our association decided instead to think outside of the box and seek ways to continually offer unique opportunities to our more than 25,000 members. It is an honor to say that over the past year Ohio FFA has not cancelled a single state-wide leadership event, but instead transformed the delivery model. The virtual world we live in can be difficult to navigate but it also offers the unique ability to bring us closer together while still keeping us [physically] apart.
The largest virtual event Ohio FFA not only participated in, but experienced many successes throughout, was the 93rd National FFA Convention. The recognition we received from the big stage included an American Star Farmer Finalist, two Premier Chapter Finalists, 19 National Proficiency Finalists, 22 National Agriscience Fair Finalists, 33 Three-Star Chapters, 478 American Degree recipients, and we watched as Ohio’s very own, National FFA President, Kolesen McCoy wrapped up his year of service.
Watching our state accomplish so much at the national level is inspiring, but what’s arguably more encouraging is the progress made year in and year out at the chapter level. The accomplishments previously mentioned truly couldn’t be made possible without the desire for success fostered at the local level. Advisors continuously dedicate their time to ensure that their students achieve all of which they are capable. Community support serves as an investment in the next generation of leaders by providing chapters with the resources needed. And FFA members remain consistent in their push for excellence.
It is safe to say that the year 2020 handed us a fair share of challenges. With every challenge, however, a lesson was learned. Albeit the sense of normalcy we used to be accustomed to is now only a distant memory, it is the wisdom gained that will catapult us into future successes. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Ohio FFA has brought this quote to life throughout the past year. We’ve created new opportunities for growth (Chapter Presidents’ Summit), offered chances for connection (Leadership Nights and Chapter Visits), all provided to students in the comfort of their own homes.
On behalf of the 2020-2021 Ohio FFA State Officer Team, we thank you Ohio FFA for your continuous effort to make the most of these extraordinary times. We are grateful to lead an organization whose response to these new challenges has been filled with promise and executed with grace. We can’t wait to see the progress our association makes in the year 2021 and beyond!
2020-2021 State President
Ohio FFA Association
Important dates to remember:
2 – Nursery and Landscaping
13 – Agricultural Communications CDE
20-27 – National FFA Week
2 – Farm Business Management CDE
2 – Greenhand Quiz
5 – Agricultural Power Diagnostics CDE
6 – State Officer Practice Interviews
6 – Public Speaking CDE
13 – Agricultural Sales CDE
22 – Agronomy CDE
22 – Dairy Cattle CDE
22 – Equine Management CDE
29 – General Livestock CDE
29 – Milk Quality and Products CDE
29 – Poultry CDE
13 – Agricultural Mechanics Skills CDE
14 – Animal Behavior & Welfare CDE
14 – Animal Management CDE
14 – Aquarium Management CDE
14 – Grooming l & ll CDE
14 – Veterinary Science CDE
16 – Environmental and Natural Resources CDE
20 – Floriculture CDE
20 – Outdoor Power Equipment CDE
24 – Agricultural Issues Forum CDE
27 – Meats Evaluation and Technology
29 – Agricultural Mechanics Engineering CDE
29-30 – Ohio FFA State Convention