Deuel School FFA Chapter
FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership, designed to educate and inspire youth interested in a variety of agricultural subjects. We engage students in activities such as community service, leadership conferences, competitions, recreational activities, and official conventions to expand leadership skills, career opportunities, and personal growth. Not only do we inspire future farmers but also the next generation of engineers, scientists, educators, and business owners. FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world.
Known nationwide as Future Farmers of America, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 to “National FFA Organization”, now commonly referred to as FFA. This change reflects the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.
The FFA operates on local, state, and national levels, founded in 1929. Student members, ages 12-21, belong to chapters organized at the local school level. Today, the National FFA Organization is a premier youth leadership organization with 507,753 members in 7,439 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Deuel FFA was Chartered in 1954 as Clear Lake FFA, changed to Deuel FFA when the high school underwent name change. Annual membership averages 75 students in grades 7-12.
Students can become members starting 7th grade if classes for middle school are offered. Membership can continue during the 8th grade if a class is offered. In high school, students must have 1 semester of an ag class per year to maintain membership. Students can have continuous membership or start and stop membership based on class choices each year of high school. The deadline each year for joining is October 1st. Dues are covered through participation of the annual fall fruit sales.
FFA has monthly meetings and activities. We have many events throughout the school year including land judging, leadership development events (LDE’s), and career development events (CED’s). Some of the LDE events include parliamentary procedure, ag sales, creed speaking, and ag broadcasting. CDE’s are held in the spring and some of the events include horse judging, cattle judging, floriculture, and veterinary science.
Other events include community service activities, including adapt-a-highway, summer leadership camps, state and national convention and local events which vary from year to year, including annual FFA Week activities during the 3rd week of February.
The FFA Mission Statement - "FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership personal growth and career success through agricultural education."
FFA Motto - Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
FFA Colors - National Blue & Corn Gold
2022 / 2023 FFA Officer Applications
Applications for the 2022/2023 FFA Officers are now being accepted until Wednesday, April 27th. Due to Advisor Marie Jaacks being out on leave there will be no interviews. Officers will be slated bases on application answers.
Those who will be in an ag related class and be in 8-12 grade for the 2022/2023 school year may apply. Applications with signatures need to be Mrs. Mueller by 3:45 PM, April 27, 2022.
New officers will be inducted at the FFA banquet on Monday, May 2. Must be present to obtain office.
“I look forward to the applicants and next year’s leadership potential,” said Mrs. Jaacks.
2022 Upcoming Events
March 22 – Howard CDE
March 24 – Flandreau CDE
March 28 – Tri-Valley CDE
April 4 – Groton CDE – the qualifying event to determine the top 5 teams in the district to compete at the FFA State Convention
April 6 – FFA Science Fair in Chamberlain
April 24-26 - FFA State Convention, April 24-26 in Brookings, SD at South Dakota State University
More information on those events at: https://www.sdaged.org/fall-cdes and https://www.sdaged.org/spring-cdes