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How FFA Benefits Southern States

"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"

The FFA motto has been recited by millions of Future Farmers of America members throughout the decades. Its mission is to offer members an opportunity for personal growth and develop a potential for leadership through agricultural education. Membership in the FFA organization has transformed lives and influenced the careers of its members since 1928, including many current Southern States' executives and managers.

At our corporate office and in our locations throughout the Southern States operating territory, many members of our management team were FFA members while in middle school, high school and even college. Their memories of time spent in the FFA can definitely be seen as what has helped shape their lives and led them to where they are today. Our team gives credit to FFA for teaching them teamwork, leadership, public speaking skills, as well as the ability to effectively run meetings.

Jessica Lohman, Manager of Marketing and Promotions in Commercial Livestock, fondly remembers her time as an FFA Member. "I truly valued my time in the Clarke County (VA) FFA Program. Being in FFA prepared me for knowing how to run effective meetings, putting together project plans and outlining strategic business models. Being on judging teams in FFA laid the ground work for my involvement in Block & Bridle and collegiate judging teams at Virginia Tech and ultimately got me introduced to the contacts that spurred my career at Southern States Cooperative!"

Jay Cleaton, Project Supervisor for Real Estate and Construction, said about his time: "One of the benefits from FFA was participating on the various judging teams that instilled in me the importance of teamwork."

Another FFA alumnus, Jason Callicutt, Feed Sales and Tech Rep, says "The time I spent in the FFA deepened my passion for Agriculture. It gave me valuable opportunities and skills – leadership, teamwork and knowledge of different agriculture markets - to better prepare me for the job I have."

Mark Camp, Agronomy General Manager, participated in FFA at Milton High School in Alpharetta, GA serving as both Chaplain and Treasurer while in school. "Not coming from a farm, being in FFA channeled my interest to agriculture and was the key factor for later majoring in agriculture and pursuing a career in agribusiness. The program is unlike any other school activity because it brings class room instruction, supervised agricultural experience, and competitions sponsored by FFA to encourage and award students to do their best."  Mark Camp is still involved in FFA through his local Alumni chapter, GA FFA Foundation Board, GA FFA Sponsors Board (past chair), and the Board of Directors for Camp John Hope and the GA FFA/FCCLA Center. He is the recipient of two Honorary Chapter Degrees, an Honorary State FFA Degree, and the Honorary American FFA Degree.

Brittany Chester, Feed Sales and Tech Rep, credits FFA for preparing her for her current career. "Being raised on a dairy farm, I had the love for agriculture, so it made sense to join FFA, but I never expected it would prepare me for careers that didn't necessarily have to do with farming." Brittany gives credit to her participation in the dairy judging team, and later running for state FFA office in NC, for giving her confidence as a public speaker. "I am still reaping the benefits that FFA has provided for me. Here at SSC, I am confident in my ability to represent myself and the company in a positive and ethical manor to better the agriculture of North Carolina that I love." Brittany Chester is currently serving as the West Rowan FFA alumni president.

Blair Davis, Feed Sales and Tech Rep, says his experience in FFA helped develop skills and professionalism that are valuable in his career today. His involvement in FFA started in middle school and continued in college where he earned his American FFA degree. "I participated in several Career Development Events including Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Agribusiness Management, and Ag Sales and Services. My FFA experience in livestock judging and showing livestock has been very important throughout my time with Southern States working with livestock customers. FFA develops confidence and behaviors in youth that build stronger citizens and leaders."

David Baber, Feed Sales and Tech Rep, participated in FFA in high school and went on to major in vocational agriculture in college. David continued his involvement after college by serving as a Vocational Education teacher and advisor in Christiansburg Middle School's FFA program. He says of his experience: "The FFA taught me parliamentary procedure – how to conduct meetings - and public speaking skills that I use often today. The FFA instilled in me a good work ethic as well as responsibility for self and others."

Brian Kiser, Dealer Sales Manager, was a Chapter FFA Officer in high school and then went on to serve as a State FFA Officer for Virginia while in college. He participated in multiple different FFA activities and competitions: Public Speaking, Parliamentary Procedure, Livestock Judging, Forestry Judging, and Fruit Selling Fundraisers." As a student in the FFA, I traveled extensively throughout the country, and the FFA showed me a much larger world outside of my hometown which helped prepare me for a global marketplace when I began my career. I owe a lot of my people skills, speaking skills, and appreciation for Agriculture to the time spent in this organization as a student."

The legacy of FFA has made its impact on Southern States and all across the country.  In honor and recognition of the organization's positive influence on our nation's children, the annual I'm Supporting FFA Campaign gives the Southern States community an opportunity to support the good work of the FFA organization. During this campaign, our stores sell paper FFA logo emblems. For every dollar received, 50% will go to National FFA Foundation. The remaining 50% can be designated by the store for either their local chapter or their state FFA Association.

We are proud to support FFA. We believe this campaign directly benefits young members who may one day be our nation's farmers. It also instills a love of agriculture and offers unique experiences and valuable training to children who could be our future executives and managers at Southern States. Visit for more information.The 2016 campaign will run from March 1 – 31. For information on how you can participate in the I'm Supporting FFA Campaign, contact your local Southern States store.

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