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Nebraska FFA state officer team announced at convention

An Ogallala FFA member was named president; seven new officers announced.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

April 6, 2023

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The new Nebraska State FFA officer team
NEW TEAM: The new Nebraska State FFA officer team includes Vice President Bethany Nichols (from left), Vice President Abby Hodges, Vice President Paige Bunn, Vice President Keetyn Valentine, Vice President Braydon Binger, Secretary Alex Boudreau and President Thomas Perrin. Emily Shook

Ogallala FFA member Thomas Perrin will lead the 2023-24 Nebraska State FFA officer team as president.

Perrin and six other State FFA officers were named in the final session of the 95th annual Nebraska State FFA Convention held the last week of March in Lincoln, with about 7,600 FFA members from across the state in attendance.

The state secretary is Alex Boudreau of Minden FFA. State vice presidents include Keetyn Valentine, David City FFA; Paige Bunn, North Bend FFA; Braydon Binger, Hay Springs FFA; Abby Hodges, Johnson-Brock FFA; and Bethany Nichols, Bridgeport FFA.

Retiring address

Just before the new officers were announced in the final session of the convention, 2022-23 President Lexi Bodlak, Pender FFA, gave her retiring address. As a cross-country runner, Bodlak talked about running a race, working through the 3 miles of the race and nearly winning, only to be passed in the final feet by another runner.

“I lost a race, but I ran the fastest race I had run all year,” she said. “It was a crushing disappointment, but it taught me the value of concentration and contemplation. During the middle of the race, it is best if we use concentration, to put all of our energy into that one task at hand. Once we end the race, we can begin to contemplate what went well and maybe what needs to change, perhaps to set another goal.”

She told FFA members to run the mile they are in, or in other words, concentrating and being present is important.

“If we don’t take the time to fully concentrate, then there will be nothing left to contemplate when our races are over,” Bodlak said. “So, let’s choose to run our races with joy and concentration. Let’s focus on what we can control, like having a positive attitude when we head into a classroom, before every practice or performance, and even in those unfamiliar situations. We all run countless races during our lives. Most of them we will win, but others we will lose. No matter what, we need to focus on the mile we are in.”

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Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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