The Laurens FFA is an agriculture organization that helps to teach its members about leadership, community involvement and agriculture
Community Service Activities
2 months ago
By Melanie Birchmore
Explore Agriculture Day
FFA Member taught kindergartners about different types of animals and plants at Explore Agriculture Day. 40 FFA members taught about 450 kindergartners about 12 different animals, kindergartners toured the greenhouse and put a plant in a cup to take home, and learned about how to take care of a garden. They also harvested lettuce to take home with them.
Agriculture Education in the Elementary School and Middle School
FFA Members developed different lessons to present in our local elementary schools related to agriculture. The lessons were given to children from 4 year old to students in middle school.
Day of Service June 13, 2019
FFA Members worked with Servants with Hearts to pack 15,000 meals for the hunger in our area. We worked with members from other chapters to put soybean meal, corn meal, dried vegetables, and rice.
Steps at Joe Adair Center
Laurens FFA worked to install steps at the picnic shelter at the Joe Adair Science Center
FFA Members enjoy the South Carolina Leadership Center for a week of educational and fun activities at the beach. Members participate in high ropes, low ropes, kayaking, team sports, and other leadership activities. In this picture an FFA member is starting the high ropes course.
South Carolina State Fair
Every year FFA members visit the South Carolina State fair. During the visit FFA members compete in Tractor Driving competition, visit and help man displays, and visit animal areas. Members have an opportunity to interact with members from around the state and learn about agriculture in South Carolina. Members also have free time to enjoy the rides and food the fair has to offer.
South Carolina Miss FFA Pageant and Mr. FFA
FFA female members have an opportunity to "strut their stuff" at the S.C. Miss FFA Pageant. This competition includes: an application, interview, and stage presence. It is a fun time for the girls to dress up and add to their FFA experience
Fun and fellowship at the Beach. FFA Members meet new people and have fun in the sun
Laurens FFA Swine Showing Team
Laurens FFA members worked together to grow and show swine.
Horse Judging gives FFA Members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge related to evaluating horse qualities, identifying tack and equipment, evaluating and processing a solution to a problem, and verbal expressing why they judged a class in a given manner.
The Tractor Driving CDE requires members to navigate a course safely without hitting cones and then back the trailer down an ally way.
The wildlife competition consist of members identifying different types of wildlife from their pelts, tracks, or mounts; score deer antlers; age deer by their teeth; evaluate habitat; and take a wildlife related test.
Dairy Judging and Dairy Handling
Dairy Judging consist of FFA Members judging different breeds of dairy cattle. Along with the judging, members also give oral reasons, take a test, and develop a solution to the team problem they are presented. Laurens FFA finished first place in the State FFA Dairy Judging Career Development Event. Matthew Brownlee was high individual.
FFA Members judge beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and give oral reasons explaining their placings. The participants also have to take a test related to the livestock industry and evaluate genetic information.
The Public Speaking CDE is broken up into various sections: Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, and Creed Speaking. This is an individual event that allows FFA members to demonstrate their speaking ability.
Vet Science Career Development Event
This is the newest CDE introduced in South Carolina. It focuses on skills needed to work in the Vet industry. This is the 2021 State winning team.