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How Two Indiana FFA state officers will spend national FFA weekHow Two Indiana FFA state officers will spend national FFA week

Road trips, hockey, skiing and much more on tap for these officers.

Tom Bechman 1

February 19, 2016

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We are in the midst of National FFA Week. Chapters across the state celebrate in different ways. One thing is constant- they celebrate! Some have fun, some help others, some train themselves or honor parents, and some do all of the above.

One big part of FFA week is a visit to many chapters by a state FFA officer. Here are interviews with two state officers who are out and about this week. They each travel alone, and each will go to a different part of the state than where they’re from. Look for interviewers with other FFA state officers throughout the week.

First, meet Josh Calhoun, Hope FFA, state sentinel.

IPF: Josh, where are you traveling this week?


Calhoun: I’m going to northeastern  Indiana. Some of the chapters I will be visiting are Warsaw, Carroll at Ft. Wayne, Prairie Heights on the LaGrange-Steuben County line and Fairfield in Elkhart County.

That is a lot of chapters. Will you be going to other places too?

Calhoun: Yes, that is just a partial list. I also plan to go to Columbia City FFA, and will visit some other chapters as well.

What event are you most looking forward to this week?

Calhoun: There is an FFA night at the Indy Fuel hockey game at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Some FFA chapters will be attending, as well as staff members that support FFA. Eastern Hancock FFA is going to be there. This sounds like lots of fun.

Learn about Mason Gordon

Next, meet Mason Gordon. Mason is originally from Rushville FFA in east-central Indiana. He will be traveling to northwestern Indiana to get a glimpse of agriculture and FFA activities in that part of the state. He serves as the southern region vice president.

Which chapters will you be visiting this week?

Gordon: I will be traveling into District 1 in the northwestern corner of the state, and will also visit some chapters in District 2. West Central, South Newton and Tri-County are three of the chapters which I will visit.

Are there others on your list?

Gordon: Yes. I will be going to Argos and Culver in Marshall County in District 2, and I will be at other chapters as well. Sometimes we will lead leadership training activities. Other times we will participate with the chapter in their FFA week events.

What one event are you looking forward to the most?

Gordon: I’m going skiing with Tri-County FFA at the end of the week. We are going to Timber Ridge in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

So do you ski?

Gordon: Heck no. I have never skied in my life. I’m just hoping I don’t die! Still, it should be a lot of fun.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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