Last June, I watched Jordan Johns take the stage at the Illinois FFA Convention and deliver five speeches during the state officer elections. Elections are nerve-wracking to watch, let alone participate in, hoping to get another year in the blue jacket serving the state’s membership. But Jordan held steady, calmly sharing her FFA journey with fellow Illinois members. She was elected state FFA treasurer and has served with grace this year. It was a pleasure to meet her again at the Illinois Harvest Dinner last September. She was one of two FFA members who attended and helped connect farm to food for the non-farmer audience. Jordan even rang the dinner bell (see picture). Continue reading
Illinois Farm Girl
I am a farmer's daughter, a farmers' wife, a mother, volunteer and gardener. My childhood spent on Rural Route 2 was filled with adventure, achievement, and a bushel of disappointments. But an appreciation for hardwork, nature's power, sunrises and sunsets keeps me believing that life on the farm is the greatest challenge tempered by the greatest rewards. This is the life & times of an Illinois farm girl.
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