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Advocate for all things agriculture and rural.
Advocate for all things agriculture and rural.
Tunis Sheep Hampshires heed
1/28/2016 24 Comments
You know, FFA is lame.
I've read the latest PETA post. I've read dozens of testimonies to the power of the FFA. And I thought about it.
FFA is an old organization, founded right here in Kansas City 88 years ago. When I thought about what the FFA does for kids, I realized- FFA is lame.
A high schooler being able to speak comfortably and intelligently in front of a crowd, by today's standards, is lame. It's much more hip to sit in the back of the room with your face buried in a phone while some else does the talking.
Being able to walk into an interview, composed and ready, with a resume chalk full of experiences and skills is probably lame. It's actually more modern to show up late and use things like "LOL" and "TTYL" to fill the white space on your resume. (Yes, texting lingo actually shows up on resumes.)
Having an ability to not only distinguish between species of livestock, but also having the unique ability to judge them is completely lame. It's much cooler to judge each other than it is to judge stock.
Knowing how to lead a group and inspire progress, even before having an official leadership roles or title - also lame. It's much trendier to be a blind follower these days.
Creating a network of friends across your state and across the country by actually traveling across the state and across the country? That's so lame when instead you could just log onto Twitter and follow someone you've never actually met.
Graduating high school with actual industry knowledge, about an industry besides the entertainment one, is completely lame. It's much cooler to head off to college thinking the worlds biggest problems revolve around "freeing the animals" and what the Kardashian girl was last wearing.
Learning responsibility for yourself, your chapter, your state, your country? It doesn't get much more lame than that. It's more popular to just blame your problems on someone else and protest for entitlements you so obviously deserve.
Actually taking care of animals in sub zero temperatures, in heat indexes of 100+, when they are sick, when they die? Ridiculously lame. It's much cooler to be like PETA, and just talk, and blog, about caring for animals instead of actually doing it.
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Bo Jackson, Jordy Nelson, President Jimmy Carter? They were all lame.
Me? I was lame too- it has served me well. Very well actually.
My kids? They will also be lame and my gut tells me it will work for them in the same way it has for the thousands of teens who have found themselves better prepared, better adjusted and happier after spending four (or more) years being lame.
1/28/2016 08:23:39 pm
Have never been worn FFA boots for sale, 9m $100.00 plus shipping.
C Y Speck
1/28/2016 11:10:32 pm
Julie, you might check for facebook pages for the counties close to you and post them for sale. I know McCulloch Co. TX4H has a page now.
1/28/2016 11:30:10 pm
Nice article. I did FFA soil judging. Dirt, how lame. And the very basis of our existence. PETA fights better than we do though, they capitalize on ignorance and emotion of the general public.
1/29/2016 06:19:33 am
As a team member of Tyson Foods, we are proud to support FFA members and their contributions to the agricultural industry. It may seem lame to some, as your article suggests, but it does teach life skills you may actually use in the workplace to help feed America.
1/29/2016 09:35:27 am
I love this, Kate! I know a lot of adults who wish they would've been in FFA. They see the benefits now that they didn't see before. I was in FFA and learned the Creed my Freshman year. And now, I'm living the dream. The creed is the life of a farmer every single day. And it's anything but lame.
1/29/2016 10:45:01 am
People don't realize how much good FFA and 4-H does for kids and teens.
1/29/2016 12:53:42 pm
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1/29/2016 03:16:29 pm
I don't think you understand how nice FFA is for students looking to get into groups. It's not easy being a new freshman and not knowing how to get into anything or make new friends. Since joining FFA, I have made my way up to Greenhand Degree. I'm proud of it and so are my FRIENDS that I made from it. You must have not gotten the full experience from it, and it's a shame. But anyways, thank you for showing me and the rest of FFA how life works. Uneducated people try to bring you down, but since we're smart we bring ourselves back up and are stronger from it. I am actually sorry for the fact that you are misinformed. I wish you all the best with your future.
1/29/2016 04:41:50 pm
1/30/2016 06:26:54 am
Did you not read the article??
2/20/2016 07:46:57 pm
Tongue in cheek humor can be misunderstood!
1/29/2016 05:18:30 pm
This is all so true! I'm currently a senior in FFA. After being one of Illinois' top 5 section Reporters, I have an internship offer before I've even graduated. FFA has changed my life for the better and no organization can argue that.
1/29/2016 09:38:07 pm
So That's what's Wrong with me! I've been LAME since 1977!
Proud FFA Member
1/30/2016 08:25:38 pm
I am a proud FFA member and i don't think FFA is lame at all...something my be wrong with their point of view...but mine is oh most certainly clear! The FFA Organization is a great organization to keep many students involved in a positive way of life that helps our future...Future FARMERS of AMERICA...how are people supposed to eat with out FFA...Farmers hello?! All the food that is in the United States comes from a farm or start from a farm...Yall can have all the vegan, tufu, cardboard crap all ya want...since FFA is soo lame why dont we close all the supermarkets and produce stores and make only available for ourselves...I will continue to eat my lame hand grown produce and meats! Ohh and im going to school to be a lame ag teacher!! #umo #imsiouan hello am i talking to anybody?
2/4/2016 08:02:53 pm
Can you not recognize sarcasm when you see it. This person is obviously a huge supporter of FFA.
1/31/2016 06:28:01 am
As a freshman I joined. I had suffered from a lisp my entire life. I wouldn't speak do to embarrassment. A teacher talked me into a creed contest, were I memorized and repeated it for a state competition. I spoke in front of over a thousand people. Placed third. It changed my life
3/21/2019 08:09:16 am
Actually Bob I think its pretty damn awesome. So what have you done constructively lately?
1/31/2016 03:16:06 pm
FFA is currently serving the third generation of the Lokai Family. The FFA has served our community well and continues to open new doors. As a retired career agriculture teacher room does allow me to explain the benefits from such a "LAME" experience for youth. Leadership - Agriculture - Motivation - Education are the keys to our future thanks to FFA.
2/4/2016 05:12:30 pm
I grew up a "city" girl! I thought FFA was lame! Little did I know how wrong I was! After completing my Home Economics Education degree I went to work in a rural Oklahoma town. Cultural shock for me but changed my life for the best forever! Met my soulmate while there. Guess his career. Of course he was an AG teacher!!! I learned what lame was. It was being teaching all day, checking projects, and being called in the middle of the night to help with many incidents with animals since he was closest to a vet in town. I loved being involved in all of the activities related to what I thought was lame! Now I'm proud to be lame! I learned so much and became a better person with by being part of the FFA family!
2/5/2016 07:21:00 am
I must be the lamest person alive
As a FFA alumn and a future ag teacher I love this so much. I was talked down to by teachers and told I was dumb because I was in FFA and a leader in my chapter. Little did those ignorant people know I was the first person to bring a state championship to my school in anything in the past decade.
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Kate Lambert grew up in northern Illinois, not on a farm but active in FFA and showing livestock.
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