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									Agriculture Education
Kathleen High School and
Lakeland High School
   Kathleen High             Lakeland High
    School operates a               School has
    metal fabrication             developed a
    business. They         veterinary assisting
    build barbeque             academy. They
    grills and other         board and groom
    welding projects        dogs for Lakeland
    that are sold to the          High School
    public.                           teachers.
Bartow High School

   Bartow High School Has a Plant Rental
     Business. They grow palms and other
      foliage plants that they rent out for
            weddings and banquets.
Lake Region High School and
Fort Meade High School
   Lake Region High               Fort Meade High
    School operates             School does a project
    Thunder Auto with             in partnership with
    their Ag mechanics           Florida Flywheeler’s
    classes. They do repair          Association. The
    and maintenance for       restored tractor is then
    cars and trucks. They        raffled off as a fund-
    also do an antique                           raiser.
    automobile restoration
    project each year.
USDA Ag Challenge Grant

   Haines City, Lake
    Gibson Sr. and Bartow
    High Schools received a
    USDA Ag Challenge
    Grant. The Grant
    focuses on Ag Teacher
    Agriscience Fairs and
    Horticulture Industry
Homeland Farm Facility
   Mulberry, George Jenkins, Auburndale,
    Kathleen and Lake Region high schools keep
    cattle and a horse at the Homeland Farm
    Facility. The Homeland farm is 200 acres that is
    leased from the State. We work cooperatively
    with the Division of Environmental Protection.
    In addition, we are working with the Polk
                      County Board of County
                      Commissioners to install a
                            canoe launch on the
    Peace                        River at the
    Homeland Farm.
Roosevelt Farms at Roosevelt Academy

   Roosevelt’s horticulture program covers
    several areas related to horticultural careers.
    Roosevelt Farms began in 1995, as a school
    based business to enhance the skills required
    for employment in various vocational fields.
    Areas of instruction include: plant production,
    row crop production and landscaping.
   Throughout the year they are able to provide
    landscaping services to local schools and
Roosevelt Farms At Work
Karen M. Siegel Academy Rain
                 The Karen M. Siegel Academy
                  FFA painted and retrofitted
                  barrels to be used for storing
                  water for plants during the dry
                  months (rain barrels). The barrels
                  were part of the recycling the
                  students are doing on the campus.
                  The barrels are sold as a
                  fundraiser and to purchase
                  supplies needed in their assembly.
                  Three barrels were displayed and
                  sold to the public as part of the
                  City of Lakeland’s Spring
                  Obsession. The barrels each
                  received a ribbon and the money
                  benefitted the Florida Friendly
                  Yards and Neighborhoods
                  program from the Polk County
                  Extension Service and University
                  of Florida/IFAS.
FFA Career
Development Events

   CDE’s- Career Development
    Events are agriculture contest FFA students
    can participate in, these are agriculture and
    skill based events.
   Some CDE’s include: Soil judging, Livestock
    Judging, Agricultural Mechanics, Vet Assisting,
    Forestry ID, Extemporaneous Public Speaking,
    Prepared Public Speaking, etc.
Polk County Youth Fair
                   Number of students
                    involved: 1,262
                   Amount of money
                    raised from sale
                    proceeds: $377,430
                   Amount of money
                    awarded for prizes:
                   Grand Champion Steer
                    sold for $14,280
   Through Agriculture education and FFA students are
    qualified to apply for many Scholarships. With Polk county
    agriculture they can apply for the Polk County Farm
    Bureau’s Young Farmer & Ranchers scholarship, Polk
    County Cattlewomen’s scholarship and many others.
   With FFA the student’s can apply with for the National
    FFA scholarships: Approximately $2.2 million in
    scholarship funds were donated by 128 generous sponsors.
    Over 7,800 students submitted applications to the 2009
    program and 1,457 scholarships were awarded.
    Also many of the school’s FFA programs and FFA
    alumni’s have their own scholarship that are awarded.
Polk County Farm Bureau/Young Farmer &
Rancher Scholarship
   Reagan Lee, a 2009 Bartow Senior High graduate, Christian Spinosa, a
    2009 Summerlin Academy graduate, and Lacey Waters, a 2009 Bartow
    Senior High graduate have been awarded the Polk County Farm
    Bureau/Young Farmer & Rancher scholarships for 2009.
   Lee, Spinosa, and Waters received the $500 scholarships for excelling
    academically, strong leadership abilities and involvement in
    agriculture-related activities. Lee will attend the University of Florida
    Honors College where he plans to pursue degrees in both Botany and
    Mathematics. Spinosa will attend Clemson University where he plans to
    obtain degrees in Agriculture and Mechanization. Waters will attend
    Polk Community College followed by the University of Florida to study
    beef production.
   Polk County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher Committee
    gives scholarships each year to deserving Polk County high school
    students who plan to pursue a career in agriculture. The committee has
    awarded more than $8,000 in scholarships to date. The YF&R
    Committee uses the proceeds of its annual Christmas hayride to fund
    the scholarship.
Young Farmer & Rancher Scholars

              Reagan Lee

  Christian                Lacey Waters
Polk County Cattlewomen's Scholars
   The Polk County Cattlewomen
    strive to educate the public about
    the beef industry and promote its
    products. These goals are met
    through different projects
    throughout the year. The Polk
    County Cattlewomen's Association                      2009 Academic
    has established a scholarship fund
    consisting of $2,000 Academic                         Ashlee Metzger
    scholarship and a $2,000 Agriculture
    scholarship that is awarded each
    year to Polk County graduating
    seniors. In addition, they supply
    awards and shirts to local youth
    fairs. The Polk County
    Cattlewomen strive to educate
    school age children and the public 2009 Agriculture
    on the importance of the rancher
    and farmer in their daily lives.
                                         Lacey Waters
    Agricultural Industries are very
    interdependent on one another.
Leadership Opportunities
   FFA provides leadership opportunities and experiences for 15,000
    young people in Florida and 465,000 nationwide. FFA training
    opens the doors to over 300 exciting careers in agriscience and
    agribusinesses. With FFA student can earn leadership through
    conferences and conventions such as Chapter, Federation, District,
    State, and National offices also with Leadership Seminars: Chapter
    Officers Leadership Training (COLT), Florida Leadership
    Adventures (FLA), Florida Outdoor Adventures (FOA), Advanced
    Leadership Development (ALD), State Leadership Summit (SLS),
    Chapter Presidents Conference (CPC) and many more.
    There were approximately 3,100 members and guest present at the
    2009 Florida FFA State Convention in Orlando, Florida and over
    57,000 members and guest present at the 81st National FFA
    Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Florida FFA Leadership Training
   The Florida FFA Leadership Training Center is
    owned and operated by the Florida FFA
    Foundation. The Florida FFA Foundation is
    engaged in many worthwhile endeavors
    including fund raising to provide over 7,000
    awards and recognitions annually for student
    achievement and academic excellence.
Leadership Training Center

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