Learning leadership and responsibility through FFA

Learning leadership and responsibility through FFA

 

Becky Walz
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

“FFA has helped me focus on my future goals,” said Ashley Bushman, who recently obtained her American FFA Degree at the National Convention in Louisville, Ky. “I always knew I wanted to be involved in agriculture, but FFA help me choose what part.”

Growing up on a farm just south of Calmar, Ashley, along with parents Todd and Connie and sister Megan, milks 250 crossbreds, registered Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Holsteins, Jerseys, and Milking Shorthorns. They also farm 400 acres of corn and rye.

As a freshman, Ashley joined the South Winn FFA chapter because it seemed like just the right choice after being involved in the 4-H and dairy judging for many years.

“The wide variety of activities that members get to do in agriculture also intrigued me,” noted Bushman, now an ag business and dairy science major at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar.

 After obtaining her State (Iowa) Degree in April 2012, Bushman set her sights on earning the American FFA Degree to join her father, Todd, and uncle Stacey, among the elite ranks of recipients.

“It was something I had always wanted to do, and I know it looks good on job resumes and college applications,” acknowledged the six-year FFA member.

As a member of the South Winn FFA chapter, Bushman had served as the sentinel her senior year and earned various awards including the Dekalb Award, and Top Officer Award, and she was a Star Chapter Farmer in 2012.

In order to earn her American FFA Degree, Bushman had to earn $1500 and contribute 2250 hours to a project, which was easy to do while working on the family dairy farm milking cows, feeding calves, and a doing wide variety of other jobs.

Bushman’s future plans are to someday operate a dairy farm of her own and work for an animal drug company, animal feed company, or a dairy stud company.

“FFA has taught me leadership, responsibility, and good recordkeeping skills,” concluded Bushman.

Since the South Winn FFA chapter became chartered in 1940, Bushman is just the eighth individual to earn her American FFA Degree. Other recipients include Warren Clarke, Mark Kuhn, Scott Stendel, Todd Bushman, Stacey Bushman, Melissa Brincks, and Devin Brincks.

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