Austin – Throughout the school year, the Texas FFA Travel Team visited 301 schools and traveled more than 32,000 miles across the Lone Star State in the Texas FFA Ford truck.
The Travel Team consists of Texas FFA State President Blake Vineyard and Texas FFA State First Vice President Tyler Reiley.
During the chapter visits, the officers’ conducted a presentation focused on passion, as well as developed personal relationships with FFA members and teachers.
“We wanted to motivate the members to determine what it is they are passionate about and learn how to pursue that passion,” Vineyard said.
The association is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
“It was a life changing experience getting to visit FFA chapters and see agriculture from all across the state,” Reiley said.
The Texas FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools, in addition to the rural communities from which FFA rose in 1929.
“We visited several nontraditional agricultural programs and viewed their many successes. This shows just how powerful the organization is and the numerous opportunities available to the members,” Vineyard explained.
Blake Vineyard, a 2012 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Lubbock, Texas, is the son of Monte and Karlee Vineyard of Acuff, Texas. Blake will be attending West Texas A&M University in the fall studying Plant and Soil Science.
Tyler Reiley, a 2012 graduate of Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, Texas, is the son of Randy and Doris (Hohn) Reiley of Helotes and the grandson of Henry and Lola Hohn of Mason. Tyler will attend Texas A&M University in the fall majoring in Agribusiness.
The 2013-2014 Texas FFA Travel Team will be elected at the 85th Texas FFA State Convention held July 8-12, 2013, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas .
In addition to school travel, the Texas FFA Travel Team got involved with the FFA on a National scale. They had the opportunity to go to the State Presidents’ Conference in Washington, D.C. where they met with state officers from all across the USA. They addressed issues on the National FFA level and got to meet with some of the legislatures in the capitol building.
They also attended the National FFA convention with the 60 Texas FFA delegates in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they served as the voice of the Texas FFA on a national level and helped decide the future of the National FFA organization.
In the spring when they weren’t visiting schools, they went to several major Texas stock shows to help celebrate with members their completion of their supervised agricultural experienced projects. They also went on business and industry tours and visited new corporate sponsors, visited marketing teams, and met some progressive agriculturists.
The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 94,000 and more than 1,000 FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA Association, visit www.texasffa.org.