yesterday we welcomed Oreo a broken black and Charly a chestnut agoutis litter of nine healthy babies! Milo would have been a grand daddy and Tessy and Max aunts and uncle's. this litter is very special to us as Charly is Milo and maileys only living offspring so this new litter brings more of their amazing personality to the rabbit world.
this morning we welcomed the much awaited litter of Lilly a broken Opal doe and tj a solid blue Buck. all ten babies look healthy and are doing well ♥
The National FFA organization is a youth leadership organization that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agriculture education.
FFA functions within the three-circle model of agricultural education as a student leadership organization that complements a student's classroom/laboratory instruction and supervised agricultural experience program. FFA members can compete in Career Development Events (CDE) that cover job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Some events allow students to compete as individuals, while others allow them to compete in teams.
Students are supervised by education teachers in cooperation with parents, employers and other adults who assist individuals in the development and achievement of educational and career goals.
FFA is represented at several different levels across the nation; FFA administration may change from state to state. The basic levels are the national level, serving all of the United States of America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; the state level, serving an individual state association; and the chapter level, serving a school or set of schools in an area. By definition, there can be three types of chapters at the secondary level, they are middle for middle school, junior for ninth grade and senior which can be either tenth through twelfth or ninth through twelfth depending on the school. Other levels include districts, subdistricts, sections, regions, areas, federations, etc.
Originally created to serve high school students, the FFA has recently moved into middle schools where membership may begin as early as age 12, allowing members to become active earlier and stay active for longer. Each chapter is chartered as part of the state association and national organization. Collegiate chapters exist as well.
Most states hold FFA conventions at least once annually, where members gather to compete, be recognized for awards, attend leadership workshops, debate organizational issues in a delegate process, and more. Nationally, the National FFA Convention & Expo is held once a year in the fall, and was originally held in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1928–1998. The convention moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1999 before moving again in 2006 to Indianapolis, Indiana. The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo will take place once again in Louisville, Kentucky in October 2013.
As the FFA is a member-led organization intended to serve youth around the Nation, it elects officers from its own diverse membership to certain levels of the FFA. At the Chapter level, and many other levels, officers elected are usually:
The most recognizable symbol of the organization is the blue corduroy FFA jacket that is worn by current FFA members. The back of the jacket features a large FFA emblem just underneath the name of each FFA member's state. The name of the local FFA chapter, district, region or area is embroidered below the emblem. The front of the FFA jacket features a smaller FFA emblem on the left chest and the FFA member's name, office and year on the right chest. FFA members are required to wear the FFA jacket as part of official dress while participating in all official organization activities.
Originally created to be worn by the Fredericktown Band of the Fredericktown FFA Chapter by Dr. Gus Lintner, the FFA Jacket was adopted in 1933.
The color of the jacket’s corduroy has ranged from shades of blue to shades of purple through the years. In 2004, the National FFA Organization worked with a supplier in North Carolina to set a new standard for the blue corduroy by using samples from archived FFA jackets. The jacket's color standardization was accompanied by a restoration of the embroidered FFA emblems and fit corrections led byClemson University's Apparel Research Center. The improved FFA jacket, produced in both Van Wert, Ohio and South Vietnam, was first made available in August 2005. Currently, all lettering, embroidery and finishing of FFA jackets is completed by Universal Lettering Company in Van Wert, Ohio.
FFA members are required to wear official FFA dress while participating in official organization activities. For females, official dress consists of a black skirt (black slacks may be appropriate for traveling and outdoor activities), a white collared blouse, an official FFA blue scarf, black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe, black nylon hosiery, and an official FFA jacket zipped to the top. Male official dress includes black dress pants, a white dress shirt, an official FFA tie, black dress shoes with a closed heel and toe, black socks and an official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
FFA members earn metal pins that signify achievement within the organization. These pins can be placed on the front of the FFA jacket, though official guidelines say no more than three pins may be worn at one time. The pins are placed beneath the FFA member's name on the right chest and can recognize the highest office, highest award, and highest organizational degree. Two exceptions exist within pin placement guidelines. When an FFA member earns a State FFA Degree or American FFA Degree, the award keys should be worn above the name on right chest or attached to the FFA jacket with a standard key chain.
As an organization, the FFA has many traditions and trademarks identifying it as an agricultural education organization:
The FFA Motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.
The FFA Mission: The National FFA Organization 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.
The Official FFA Colors: National Blue and Corn Gold (worn on the Official FFA jackets).
The FFA creed was written by Erwin Milton "E.M." Tiffany of Wisconsin and adopted at the 3rd National FFA Convention. It was revised at the 38th and 63rd National FFA Conventions by the assembled delegate body. It is recited by new members to the organization to reflect their growing belief in agriculture and agricultural education. The FFA Creed also must be memorized and recited to earn the Greenhand Degree.
I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds – achievements won by the present and past generations of agriculturists; in the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.
I believe that to live and work on a good farm or to be engaged in other agricultural pursuits, is pleasant as well as challenging; for I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life and hold an inborn fondness for those associations which, even in hours of discouragement I cannot deny.
I believe in leadership from ourselves and respect from others. I believe in my own ability to work efficiently and think clearly, with such knowledge and skill as I can secure, and in the ability of progressive agriculturalists to serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.
I believe in less dependence on begging and more power in bargaining; in the life abundant and enough honest wealth to help make it so-for others as well as myself; in less need for charity and more of it when needed; in being happy myself and playing square with those whose happiness depends upon me.
I believe that American agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national life and that I can exert an influence in my home and community which will stand solid for my part in that inspiring task.
FFA Career Development Event, or CDE's, are contests that members compete in to test their skills learned through agricultural education instruction. They vary at the different levels of the FFA, and some are competed in only at certain levels and certain states, districts, areas or federations.
At the National level, there are 23 CDE's:
To be an active member in the National FFA Organization, a member must have an Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. The projects involve hands-on application of concepts and principles learned in the agricultural education classroom, with guidelines for the SAE projects governed by the state FFA delegation. SAE programs are grouped into four different areas:
Caring for a pet rabbit properly isn't that difficult but, surprisingly, a lot of rabbit owners don't care for theirs very well. If you just got a new pet rabbit and are not sure how to take care of it, or if you're already a rabbit owner who feels you may not be taking care of your rabbit correctly, read and follow these quick rabbit care tips. You'll soon find your rabbit is happier and you'll feel more comfortable that you're taking care of your rabbit properly.Feed your rabbit correctly - Taking care of your pet rabbit correctly means being concerned with how well your rabbit eats. An average sized rabbit should eat three quarters of a cup of rabbit pellets every day, plus at least 5 or 6 types of chopped up vegetables. I feed mine twice a day and they usually get a selection of vegetables like kale, carrots, cilantro, chinese celery (especially the leaves, which they love), bean sprouts, green beans (not too many as rabbits cannot pass gas, so these can give them a bad stomach ache), basil, parsley etc. I also give my four rabbits two pieces of banana every other day, which is absolutely their favorite treat in the world. Just make sure you don't give them too much of it as they will get fat and be less healthy.
Give them fresh water twice a day - Make sure you check their water a couple of times a day and change it if it has hay, wood shavings, food or poop floating in it. For some reason, my rabbits always seem to get a piece of poop in their water. Don't know where it comes from, but that's why I always check that their water is clean. You can also use a water bottle rather than a bowl, although, when I tried that I discovered they kept knocking it onto the floor no matter how securely I tied it and then none of them could have a drink.
Buy a good cage - If you're going to take care of your pet rabbits correctly, they need a large enough cage that they have room to move around. My rabbits started out in a cage about four feet by two feet but, with four of them, I quickly realized it was too small. Mine are now in a pen that I made out of cube shelving. You can buy cubes of wire shelving at most hardwear stores or Target and then make a cage out of them yourself (which is great, because you can design any shape or size you want, just buy more shelving cubes!). My 'pen' is around seven feet long and four feet wide, and it has two storeys at both ends of the pen, so that the rabbits have something to jump up on and can sit off the ground if necessary. Whatever you use, make sure it's easily cleanable and that your rabbits have enough room to move around.
Secure electric wires - If you let your rabbit outside his cage and into the house, make sure you have all the electric wires taped up and away from him. Rabbits chew through everything and a quick chew through an electric cord while you're not looking could send him quickly to bunny heaven.
Make sure your pet rabbits have enough toys - Rabbits get bored very easily, so sitting around all day in a cage isn't good for them. Make sure your rabbits have enough toys - plastic balls, hay balls, cardboard boxes, old books they can chew on, newspapers, etc. They need toys so they can wear their teeth down, if not, they get too long and can cause health problems.
Pick up your rabbit carefully - Most rabbits don't like being picked up, so make sure you pick yours up properly. Do not pick your rabbit up by the scruff of his neck. It's cruel. Pick him up with his bottom supported by one hand and his front end supported by your other hand and press him into your body so he feels completely supported and not in danger of falling.
Trim your rabbit's nails - Make sure you trim your rabbit's nails often. House rabbits, especially, get nails that grow very fast as they aren't able to wear them down. This is very unhealthy for a rabbit as it can cause feet problems, so make sure you check your rabbit's nails at least once a month and snip them slightly with small nail clippers if they're getting too long.
If your rabbit is sick, take him to a vet - Many rabbit owners try to nurse their rabbits themselves rather than take them to a vet. If your rabbit stops eating for more than 24 hours, gets diarrhea for more than 24 hours, or is generally looking ill, take him immediately to a vet. This really can be the difference between life and death as rabbits have a tendency to get sick and die very fast. Sure, it may cost you some money, but isn't that better than losing your pressure rabbit?
All in all, following these common sense tips on how to properly take care of a rabbit will make sure your rabbit is happy and healthy and you enjoy having him as a pet too.
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