If you live in Montgomery County, you can already order fruit for early winter from Southmont FFA members. There's not a surer sign that winter is on the way than that most chapters will begin selling fruit in late October or early November, with delivery usually coming in early December.
Selling fruit is one of the ways that local chapters help support the Indiana FFA Foundation. A portion of each box sold from most fruit companies supplying fruit to Indiana chapters goes back to the Indiana FFA Foundation. The chapter also prices the fruit so they can use it as a local fundraiser as well.
The other sign that the FFA year is in full swing is that the Indiana State FFA officers are winding up a four-week blitz of all 12 districts in the state, hitting dozens of chapters for inspirational visits during the day, then holding kickoff meetings for the entire district, members and advisors, at a centrally-located school at night.
Part of the reason for the visits is so that members can get to know the state officers better, says Allie Abney, Indiana FFA state present. Abney will share her thoughts about traveling the state and meeting so many FFA members in so short of a time in the November issue of Indiana Prairie Farmer. Her column will renew the series FFA Corner, which will feature an article each month form a different Indiana FFA state officer. Learn more about the officers themselves and about the activities they carry out during the year to help the Indiana FFA and its members in these articles.
Abney is from a cattle farm in Johnson County. She attended Franklin Community High School. She is leading Indiana FFA this year along with six other young people. Look forward to hearing from each one as the year progresses.