School of Agriculture
Collegiate FFA (CFFA)
The Collegiate FFA Chapter at Western Illinois University works to serve high school agricultural programs in the State of Illinois. We promote scholarship, leadership and service, as well as maintaining a high ethical standard as a prerequisite upon entering a professional agricultural career.
We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 p.m. in Knoblauch Hall 152.
- Organizational Name: The National FFA Organization, which has changed from the Future Farmers of America in 1988 in order to better acquaint to the expanding careers in agriculture field.
- Founded: 1928
- Number of Chapters: 7,358 in all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
- Motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve
The National FFA Organization works hand in hand with Agriculture Education in order to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success.
Career Development Events
Each school year the Collegiate FFA at Western Illinois University hosts several Career Development Events. The Collegiate FFA does this as a way to "give back" to the organization that its members were involved in when they were in high school.
Section 11 Greenhand Conference
The Section 11 Greenhand Conference is held every September. The Greenhand Conference is for high school freshmen that are joining the FFA. The conference involves various activities and workshops to develop team-building skills and introduce students to the National FFA Organization.
Section 11 Public Speaking
The Section 11 Public Speaking Contest is held every February. The contest has prepared public speaking and extemporaneous in both the junior and senior divisions. There is also a creed-speaking contest for freshmen.
State Job Interview
The State Job Interview CDE is held in February. For this contest, students are required to submit a cover letter, resume, and letter of reference prior to the contest. At the contest, the students do a telephone interview and one-on-one interview with the judges.
State Ag Issues
The State Ag Issues CDE is also typically held in February. In this contest, students choose a topic that is currently influential in the agriculture industry and give a group presentation. The students are judged based on the performance of their presentation and accuracy of the information provided.
Section 11 and Invitational Horticulture
This CDE is held in April and is usually hosted jointly with the Section 11/Invitational Ag Mechanics CDE. The Horticulture Club at Western Illinois University sets up the CDE. The students judge various rings of plants, vegetables, etc. and place them from best to worst.
Section 11 and Invitational Ag Mechanics
The Section 11/Invitational Ag Mechanics CDE is hosted jointly with the Horticulture CDE. The Ag Mechanization Club at Western Illinois University sets up the CDE. The CDE covers areas of carpentry, welding, electricity, Ag power, and surveying.
Dr. Andrew Baker
Knoblauch Hall 145
2015 - 2016 Officers
- Christian Thurwanger, President - C-Thurwanger@wiu.edu
- Emily DeSchepper, Vice President PAS - ES-Deschepper@wiu.edu
- E.B. Miller, Vice President AgEd - ER-Miller@wiu.edu
- Samantha Martin, Secretary - SN-Martin@wiu.edu
- Mackenzie Buyck, Treasurer - MA-Buyck@wiu.edu
- Kacie Priebe, Reporter - KL-Priebe@wiu.edu
- Kacie Priebe, Ag Council Representative - KL-Priebe@wiu.edu
- Maggie Prather, Ag Council Representative - MR-Prather@wiu.edu
Each semester the CFFA and Ag Ed Club work together to put on a pancake breakfast in Knoblauch from 7:00-11:00 a.m. This is open to all WIU students, faculty, and staff to attend. The money raised is used to allow the CFFA to put on CDE's for high school FFA students.
At Christmas time the CFFA and other organizations of the School of Agriculture donate money and go shopping for children in need.
The chapter has made blankets before Christmas to be donated to a child that is either sick, traumatized, or otherwise in need.
In April the CFFA hosts the Annual Ag Olympic competition. All student organizations of WIU's School of Agriculture participate. The activities include: pie eating, hay bail throwing, egg toss, human wheelbarrow, etc.