Riverdale, Calif., (July 31, 2017) – The Riverdale High School FFA Chapter was chartered in 1930 and currently has 191 members with two advisors. The chapter’s goal is to provide intra-curricular opportunities for all students that want to participate and encourage a future in agriculture.
During the summer, the officers planned the “Program of Activities” for the year. In August, the Riverdale Chapter Officers attended the San Joaquin Regional Boot Camp in San Luis Obispo and grew together as a team. In September, the freshmen experienced the Greenhand Leadership Conference and got “fired up”! Then it is was fair season with 48 students exhibiting their livestock at the Caruthers and Fresno fairs. The FFA Pumpkin Patch for primary students with pumpkins grown on the school farm was enjoyed by all at the end of October. Public speaking contests rounded out the fall as well as chapter, sectional and regional FFA activities.
The winter began with the Advanced Leadership Academy as well as the annual Chapter Fund-Raising Dinner that helps finance chapter activities along with game concessions. The World Ag Expo trip, PLANT Foundation Event, FFA Week Activities and Career Development Event practices also kept students busy. Throughout the year, students have also been attending the Farms Leadership Academy, which provided an insight into the various career fields available in agriculture.
Career Development Events including Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Farm Power and Machinery, and Welding were attended in the spring. Participating at the Fresno County Farm Bureau’s Farm and Nutrition Day by assisting with the milking demonstrations is an experience the members always look forward to. Agriculture Adventure Day is a huge event the Riverdale chapter has held annually in April for over 30 years. Ten educational stations are run by chapter members and over 600 primary students attended. Several students received their State FFA Degree at the Sectional awards ceremony with one student awarded sectional goat proficiency as well as being named the Sectional Star Farmer for the West Fresno/Madera section. Fourteen members attended the State FFA Leadership Conference and took away many ideas to incorporate in the local chapter.
The year ended with students already entering livestock for the next Fresno Fair and the annual FFA Banquet.
By Prestin Rollin, Riverdale FFA Reporter