About

The Ballard FFA Chapter was chartered on October 9, 2014 and currently provides leadership opportunities to members at local, district and state levels. The Ballard FFA Chapter makes a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

The Ballard FFA Chapter is part of the Ballard High School Agricultural Education program. The program offers classes for high school students in the areas of animal science, plant science, agribusiness and agricultural leadership. All FFA members of the Ballard FFA Chapter are enrolled in at least one semester of an agricultural education class.

In addition to agricultural education coursework, members participate and keep records for individual supervised agricultural experience programs. These programs range from animal and wildlife entrepreneurships to landscape placements. 

History

September 2014:

The first in-house Ballard Agricultural Education class was held on September 16, 2014.

An open house was held to build awareness of the new program on September 24, 2014 in the high school commons. Parents, students, school members, community members, state FFA representatives and Iowa State University faculty were present.

October 2014:

The Ballard FFA Chapter was chartered on October 9, 2014.

The first officer team of the Ballard FFA Chapter was installed on DATE by South Central Vice President Hunter Moore (Centerville).

Five FFA members attended the South Central Greenhand Fire-Up Conference.

November 2014:

Members attended a press conference for the ground-breaking of a new facility at Kemin Industries in Des Moines.

Four members attended the 212* Conference and two middle school students participated in the Discovery Conference.

December 2014:

In December, the chapter held its first fundraising event. A pork chop dinner was held as a tailgate-type meal before a Ballard Varsity Basketball game double-header. Members also made and sold jar-mixes to raise funds for the newly chartered chapter.

January 2015:

Ballard FFA sent eight kids to the Pork Congress to compete in the Judging Contest.

February 2015:

Two members competed in Leadership Development Events. View complete Awards results here

April 2015:

Fifteen FFA members attended the State Leadership Conference in Ames, Iowa. Three members competed in State Marketing Plan and the Ballard FFA was recognized as a newly charted chapter during the first general session.

Four FFA members helped the city of Huxley clean up tree branches. 

May 2015:

The first Ballard FFA Parent-Member banquet was held at the high school. Over 60 members, parents and guests were present. 

June 2015:

Three FFA officers attended the South Central District Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) in Knoxville.

August 2015: 

Two members participated in the Grandstand Usher program at the Iowa State Fair.

One member exhibited photography at the Iowa State Fair in the FFA Division.

September 2015: 

Ballard FFA sent 18 members to CDE day in Osceola. 

Three Members attended South Central Soil Judging in Knoxville.

October 2015:

Five members attended Greenhand Fire-Up at Indianola High School.

Ballard FFA had 15 members welcome guests at the Ballard Education Foundation breakfast.

Four members sat in on the Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture, Rural Town Hall meeting in West Des Moines.

Ballard FFA celebrated its third birthday with a Birthday Bash - Pork Chop Dinner and Pie Auction in Slater.

The Ballard FFA sends representatives to the National FFA Convention and Expo for the first time. Eight members traveled to Louisville with the Indianola and Wayne chapters. Members toured the John Deere Pavilion, Hummel Livestock, Crossroad Genetics, Not Just Popcorn, Louisville Slugger and LP Sipes Tobacco Farm.

November 2015: 

Three members attended the 212* Conference.

December 2015:

Members sold and distributed fresh pine wreaths for our fall fundraiser.

January 2016:

Three members attended Legislative Symposium in Des Moines.

February 2016:

Members celebrated National FFA Week with dress-up days, daily activities, and pep assemblies at the high school and middle school.

Eight members welcomed John Deere employees on Tuesday of FFA Week.

Five events competed in Leadership Development Events. Four events advanced to districts.

September 2016:

Fourteen members participated in South Central CDE Day in Osceola.

Five members attended Greenhand Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

Three member attended Greenhand Fire-Up in Indianola.

November 2016:

Three members attended the 212 leadership conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

One member attended the 360 leadership conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

 

January 2017:

Three members attended Legislative Symposium in Des Moines.

Eleven students participated in the Pork Congress Judging Event.

 

August 2017:

Chapter officers attend Officer Retreat at the FFA Enrichment Center.

 

October 2017:

Five members attend Greenhand Fire-up at Indianola High School.

Eleven members compete at the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Agriculture Communications places 10th at National Convention.

Marketing Plan advances to semi-finals and earns a silver rating.

November 2017:

Members participated in FFA Night at Cyclone Hockey. After the game members ice skated.

December 2017:

Members celebrated their birthday again with a tailgate dinner. Pulled pork sandwiches and corn mac was served to basketball patrons and two 4'x4' barn quilts were auctioned off during halftime.

January 2018:

Members attended the 212 and 360 leadership conferences at the FFA Enrichment Center.

February 2018:

Members collaboratively made tie blankets and donated them to the Blank Children's Hospital during FFA Week.

Ballard FFA celebrates National FFA Week by planning activities and dress up days for the whole school.

Members competed in eight of the nine leadership development events at PCM High School for sub-districts. Seven events advanced.

March 2018:

Members attended district leadership conference at Grinnell High School.

Our first two district officers were elected: Joseph Jordan for district sentinel and Grace Long for district reporter.

Over 200 FFA members, parents and guests attended the fourth annual chapter banquet held at the high school.

April 2018:

Twenty members attended State Leadership Conference.

Marketing Plan and Agriculture Communication advance to the Nationals.

Greenhands take a field trip to Monsanto to learn about crop production

June 2018:

Four chapter officers attend COLT conference.

July 2018:

Ballard FFA holds a Pie Baking contest

 

October 2018:

Four members place first at livestock judging.

Greenhands receive their official FFA jackets.

Eight Greenhands attend South Central Greenhand Fire-Up.

Eight members travel to Indianapolis to attend the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo.

 

November 2018:

Five members attend the Amplify Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

 

December 2018

Ballard FFA hold annual Birthday Bash at Ballard High School.

January 2019:

Six members attended Pork Congress at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.

February 2019: 

Twenty three members competed at Sub-Districts at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

March 2019:

Members competed at the South-Central District competition help at Indianola High School.

Three members advance to the 2019 State Leadership Conference.

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