General Information

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The FFA Mission

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agriculture education.

History

The National FFA began in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1928. There were 33 delegates from 18 states who met to form the organization. Four years later the Oley Valley FFA received its charter as one of the first FFA Chapters in PA. In 1932 Ralph Deturk became the first president of the Oley Valley FFA and Dr.Henry Brunner was hired as the first FFA Advisor and teacher of vocational agriculture.  Dr. Brunner eventually moved on to teach at Penn State University. In 1947, Dr. Brunner founded and directed the first National FFA Band.

In 1950 the United States Congress passed Public Law 740, giving FFA a federal charter. To this day, FFA continues to be recognized by Congress as an intracurricular part of the agriculture education program.

The Advantages of Being an FFA Member

FFA gives you an opportunity to have many different experiences and develop leadership skills. So join us and get involved!

Career Development Events

(CDEs)

The Agriculture industry is our nation’s largest employer. Seventeen percent of all jobs in this country are in agriculture and 92% of all agriculture jobs are in science, agribusiness, communications, and marketing.

 

CDEs, Career Development Events, are competitions that occur on the county, state, and national level. Some CDEs include:

  • -Wildlife
  • -Forestry
  • -Dairy Foods
  • -Job Interview
  • -Agronomy
  • -Aquatic Resources
  • -Public Speaking
  • -Dairy Cattle
  • -Meats
  • -Livestock
  • -Pleasure Horse
  • -Agriculture Mechanics
  • -Small Gas Engines

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CDEs are designed to give you a real-life experience. They are fun, challenging, and educational.

Travel

As you participate in FFA activities, you will travel. You’ll take field trips to various competitions throughout the seasons. As you excel in your competition you may have the opportunity to travel to Penn State to compete against other members from Pennsylvania. You may even have the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis, IN to compete in a national career development event!

Supervised Agricultural Experience

Supervised Agriculture Experience programs will give you the opportunity to explore in-depth those areas of agriculture in which you are interested. SAEs range from independent research projects to planting a home garden. SAEs can be developed around work experience in agriculture or even conservation in forestry or wildlife management. This is not only for FFA; your SAE could meet the requirements for your high school project!

Becoming an FFA Member

Only students enrolled in agricultural science classes can join FFA and every student is encouraged to participate in FFA.

 

Oley Valley FFA

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Oley Valley FFA

Learning to Do

Doing to Learn

Earning to Live

Living to Serve

FFA is a national organization for students enrolled in agricultural courses. FFA provides opportunities for members to apply what they’ve learned in class as well as develop leadership skills, meet new friends, and travel. To see the list of Ag classes at Oley, click  Ag ClASS!

Stay up to date on all of our events! If you’d like to receive texts with updates about upcoming events and our chapter, please sign up by texting OVFFA to the phone number 81010. To join our FaceBook page, click here!

FFA Officer Team

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2021-2022 School Year Officers:

President: Addison Arrowsmith

Vice President: Kendal Rohrbach

Secretary: Allison Riley

Treasurer: Jacob Mowry

Reporter: Lillian Hetrick

Sentinel: Bradley Arnold

Chaplin: Nicholas Guldin

Historian: Sarah Berger

Student Advisor: Jay Houp

Advisors: Mr. Deysher & Mrs. Rice


2021-2022 FFA Calendar of Events

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July 31st - Alumni BBQ Cook Off (@ Oley Fairgrounds) 12:30pm to 6pm

August 4th- Berks County Fair Setup (Meet at Ag. Lab @ 10am)

August 1st-7th - Berks County Fair 

August 8th - Kutztown Fair Setup (Meet at Ag. Lab @ 10am) 

August 9th-14th - Kutztown Fair

August 9th - Allentown Fair Registration Due 

August 14th - Peach Festival Parking (12-8pm - various shifts) 

August 27th - FFA Picnic at the Prout Farm (6-10pm) 

August 29th - Allentown Fair Setup (10 am @ Ag Lab) 

August 30th-September 6th - Allentown Fair

September 2nd - Freshman Luncheon (Both lunches)

September 7th - Allentown Fair Cleanup (After School) 

September 8th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Ag Department) 

September 15th - Oley Valley Community Fair Setup

September 16th-18th - Oley Valley Community Fair (Farmer for a Day tent, 9am - 9pm) 

September 17th- Dairy Management Contest (9am) 

September 17th – Oley Valley Community Fair Line Dancing (7:30-10:00pm) 

October 13th- Women’s Club Presentation (7pm-9pm)

October 17th - Haunted Hike Setup 

October 18th - Citrus Sale Starts 

October 27st- 30th - National FFA Convention (Indianapolis, IN) * 

October 22nd and 23rd - Pikeville Haunted Walk ( 4pm-10pm @ Pikeville Sportsman Club)

October 29th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

November 5th - FFA Halloween Party (Ag Department 5-9pm) 

November 9th - Fall CDE’s (Lebanon County Fairgrounds - return by 2:30pm) *

November 15th - Citrus Orders Due

November 19th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

November 19th - Christmas Line Dancing (7-10pm @ Oley Valley Fair Centre) 

December 7th - Citrus Pick-Up (12-8pm in High School Ag. Lab) 

December 10th- Citrus Money Due 

December 17th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

December 17th - Chapter Christmas Party (Ag Department 5-9)

December 22nd - FFA Alumni Luncheon (11am-1pm @ Oley Valley Fair Centre) * 

January 7th - Farm Show Set Up Window Display

January 10th - Farm Show Field Trip - FFA Midwinter Convention *

January 25th - Berks County Creed and Interview LDE (Oley Valley HS @ 4:00pm) 

January 28th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

February 15th - Berks County Public Speaking LDE (Conrad Weiser @4:00pm) 

February 20th-27th - National FFA Week 

February 21st - Yellow House Hotel Fundraiser (5:00pm- close) 

February 25th - Faculty Breakfast (High School Ag. Lab & Classroom) 

February 25th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

February 26th - FFA Week Line Dancing Night (7-10pm @ Oley Valley Fair Centre)

March 10th - Area Public Speaking (Top 5 from County @ Millcreek Lutheran Church) ** 

March 14th-16th - SLLC (State Legislative Leadership Conference @ Harrisburg) March 14th-18th  - Ag Literacy Week

March 25th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

April 5th - Regional Public Speaking (Top 5 from Area @ Millcreek Lutheran Church) **

April 7th - Annual Oley Valley FFA Banquet (Oley Valley Fair Centre @ 6:30pm) 

April 25th - Spring CDE’s (LebanonCounty Fairgrounds- return by 2:30pm) * 

April 29th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

May 20th - Chapter Meeting (Lynx Period @ Cafe) 

May TBD - Graveyard Preservation (Local & Private Cemeteries- Oley Township) * 

May TBD - Ag Career Field Trip ** 

June 7th-9th - FFA State Convention (Penn State University) ** 

June 13th - Officer Retreat 

June 18th - Alumni BBQ Cook Off (12pm- 8pm @ OV Fairgrounds) 

June - August - FFA Food For All Garden 

June - August - Summer Activities TBA 

*Required to miss school 

** Required to miss school and/or must already be on the list of people attending