New Mexico FFA
Archived Reports from 2014 - 2018
Over 1300 middle and high school FFA (“Future Farmers of America”) students from all over New Mexico came to Las Cruces to participate in Career Development events such as agricultural mechanics, livestock, land and wool judging, food science, and identification of insects, flowers, and dairy products. You may have noticed the sea of blue and gold jackets around campus from Wednesday to Friday as students congregated in hallways of the Corbett Center, Pan Am and Gerald Thomas Halls – many of these students are future Aggies and they will be our leaders in agricultural literacy in schools communities around the state. The mission of Agriculture Education and FFA in New Mexico is to prepare today’s youth for careers in tomorrow’s global agriculture industry. See NMFFA Org for more information.
ACES hosted the New Mexico FFA State Career Development Events on April 6-8. More than 1,550 junior high and high school FFA members attended the conference where they competed in contests all designed to prepare students for careers in the food, fiber and natural resource industries. In addition to the contests, the College of ACES and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture hosted a BBQ lunch and street festival with NMSU clubs/organizations, departments, and other colleges across campus. Festivities included carnival-type events, such as, bobbing for produce, ultimate tic-tac-toe, gunny sack races, etc. Admission was $1 or a can of food to be donated to the Casa De Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, and nearly 400 cans of food and $550 were raised from the event.
National FFA Convention: Frank Hodnett, Dr. Carlos Rosencrans, Kristy Mason, Shannon from both the Academic Programs office and the department of Agricultural and Extension Education attended the National FFA Convention October 27-31 in Louisville, KY. There were 10 students who represented the College of ACES Ambassadors and NMSU Collegiate FFA. Each of the students competed at the Alpha Tau Alpha Conclave. The College of ACES set up a recruitment booth at the National FFA Expo where participants could explore career and educational opportunities from over 450 exhibitors. This year’s convention brought in just over 66,000 FFA members, advisors and guests. Caleb Gustin, a junior in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business, was one of six National Officers to host the event, concluded his year as the Western Region Vice-President.
Caleb Gustin, an Agricultural Economics/Agricultural Business major, received the prestigious title of Western Region Vice President of the National FFA (Future Farmers of America). National officers commit to a year of service with the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The New Mexico FFA Association annual state convention was conducted on the NMSU campus. A total of 577 FFA members and 380 guests were in attendance for the proceedings. Dean Lowell Catlett offered the official "Welcome to the University" during the first general session at the 86th NMFFA State Convention. He also accepted the sponsorship award on behalf of NMSU and the College of ACES, recognizing the universities support as a 1 Star Partner through our New Mexico FFA Foundation. NMSU is FFA's largest foundation contributor, and the only organization in their 1 Star Partner Categories. Ten leadership competitions were conducted with the winning teams or individuals qualified for national competition in Louisville Kentucky in October. The Agriculture Science fair was also conducted with first place teams and individuals qualified for national competition. Eighty four FFA members received their state FFA degree which is the highest level of membership that a student may receive from their state association. Ten adults from across the state were installed as honorary members. Guest speakers for the event included: Wile Baily former national FFA officer, Matt Rush former director of the New Mexico Farm Bureau, Jeff Witte New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture and Jason Wetzler current National FFA officer. The convention concluded with the election of new district and state FFA officer teams. Mr. Tom Dean, Southwest District Director, received the State FFA Honorary Degree Award for his outstanding support to New Mexico FFA.
ACES Collegiate FFA has taken 15 members to T or C and will take 15 members to Carrizozo to assist with the New Mexico FFA Career Development Event invitational. These members assist with putting on the contests that give High School FFA members the opportunity to master skills that they have learned in the classroom. When the members are not helping with the contests they are visiting with High School students encouraging them to consider NMSU and the College of ACES for their choice for further education.