National FFA Week: For the Future and the Past

The Gettysburg address. 

The I Have A Dream speech. 

The first words spoken from the moon.

We all have memories of certain verbiage that will forever remain with us, because of the history or the profound impact they had. For those in agriculture, “I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds,” rings true as the opening lines of the FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany.

I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds –– achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.

I believe that to live and work on a good farm, or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement, I cannot deny.

I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so–for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.

I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.

In honor of National FFA Week, we celebrate our FFA heritage, for the future and the past. 

Co-Alliance’s employee group is rich with FFA alumni, each engaged today in agricultural pursuits through the cooperative. FFA taught us how to properly run a meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order, how to speak confidently in front of a group or even how to repair a small engine in record time. 

The next generation of FFA enthusiasts have since climbed the FFA ranks, and continue to do so as children of Co-Alliance employees.

Co-Alliance is committed to agriculture education because we know knowledge is empowering. We partner annually with local FFA chapters to not only provide financial support, but also facilitate educational events.

For the last 2 years our Rushville ag center and the Rushville FFA chapter have partnered for the Turn the Bag Blue and Gold program sponsored by Brevant Seeds.  Ryan O’Neal and Tiffany Miller of the ag center have worked with the FFA to make this a huge success for the Rushville FFA. Only seven chapters are chosen every two years to be involved in this great program. 

Our Greenfield Store has been an integral part of the local FFA chapters for some time. For the Livestock Skill-a-thon they have donated feed samples for chapters to utilize, employees have judged at District FFA contests, and they’ve provided items for silent auctions. Of course, perhaps their most profound contribution has been volunteer time where ever needed.

Our Limberlost location is also FFA proud by donating the time to prepare the food for the Jay County FFA banquet, and Limberlost also applies fertilizer and chemicals for the FFA farm ground. In addition to this, the Limberlost crew supports various judging contests throughout the year. 

Is here a good place to note that the 2019-2020 Indiana State FFA President, Dylan Muhlenkamp, is from our territory and his family are members of Co-Alliance? 

Co-Alliance is FFA proud. We’re empowered by the lessons taught through the organization and encouraged by the generations that will follow in the national blue and corn gold. 

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