Connecting Chapters Logo ColorMentorship | Service | Partnership

Connecting Chapters is a program that equips high school FFA members to connect with elementary students and peers to increase agricultural literacy – awareness, knowledge, and appreciation – in their communities.

Participating Chapters will:

  1. Complete an agricultural literacy training.
  2. Read and donate a book to an elementary classroom.
  3. Plan and lead one agricultural literacy activity in their school.
  4. Partner with the local County Farm Bureau to plan an agricultural literacy activity in their community.

Participating Chapters receive:

  1. Guidebook with lessons and activities.
  2. Teaching materials to lead lessons and activities.
  3. A connection to local community leaders.

All program materials and training are provided at no cost.

The work of this program is supported in part by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Grant no. 2017-38858 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Current FFA Participants

Task 1: Read and Donate a Book Reporting Form

Reporting Form

Task 2: Plan and Lead an Ag in the Classroom Activity Reporting Form

Reporting Form

2018-2019 Participating Chapters

Adams Central
Ainsworth
Alliance
Amherst
Ansley
Auburn
Axtell
Blair
Blue Hill
Broken Bow
Bruning-Davenport
Central Valley
Conestoga
Creighton
Crete
Doniphan-Trumbull
Elba
Falls City
Fillmore Central
Franklin
Freeman
Fullerton
Garden County
Hampton
Heartland
High Plains
Humphrey
Johnson Brock
Kenesaw
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
Litchfield
Madison
Maywood
McCook
McPherson
Mead
Meridian
Minatare
Neligh-Oakdale
Newman Grove
North Platte
Northwest
Osmond
Overton
Perkins
Riverside
Santee
Scribner-Snyder
Shelton
Shickley
Stanton
Sterling
Superior
Thayer Central
Tri County
Twin River
Verdigre
Wallace
Wayne
West Holt
West Point

County Farm Bureau Particpants

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An ongoing task for FFA chapters is to receive mentorship and support from local county Farm Bureau leaders. A successful year in the Connecting Chapters program will include a community level agricultural literacy event presented by the local FFA chapter and county Farm Bureau. The county Farm Bureau contact’s role in this partnership is to facilitate collaboration; specifically, to:
  1. Serve as the liaison between the county Farm Bureau and FFA chapter.
  2. Facilitate a meeting between the county Farm Bureau board and FFA chapter.
  3. Participate and provide guidance for a community agricultural literacy event.
Below is a list of current participating FFA chapters and their county Farm Bureau contact.

2019-2020 Participating Chapters and County Contacts

County Farm Bureau(s)

FFA Chapter(s)

County Contact

Adams Adams Central, Blue Hill, Kenesaw Tyler Ramsey
Antelope Neiligh-Oakdale Brendee Reinke
Boone Riverside Brian Maricle
Box Butte Alliance Natasha Schumacher
Brown Ainsworth Will Williams
Buffalo Amherst, Shelton Brock Elsen
Butler David City Lukas Fricke
Cass Conestoga Jessica Vallery
Cedar/Dixon Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Dallas Graham
Cuming West Point James Kirch
Custer Ansley Tim Krause
Custer Broken Bow Sonya Atkins
Dawson Overton Troy Linn
Dodge Scribner-Snyder David Saalfeld
Dawson Overton Troy Linn
Dodge Howells-Dodge, North Bend, Scribner-Snyder David Saalfeld
Dundy McCook Richard Neel
Fillmore Fillmore Central, Shickley Kent Myers
Kearney/Franklin Franklin David Grimes
Frontier Maywood Kim Mortensen
Gage Freeman Jered Tiedemann
Garden Garden Shauna Roberson
Greeley Central Valley Mallory Dugan
Hall Doniphan-Trumbull Mark Haskins
Hall Northwest Steve Stettner
Hamilton Hampton Zach Hunnicutt
Holt West Holt Katie Olson
Howard Elba Kalsey Scheer
Jefferson Meridian David Endorf
Jefferson Tri County Brooke Engelman
Johnson Sterling Jim Erickson
Kearney Axtell David Grimes
Knox Creighton, Santee, Verdigre Amber Endres
Lincoln North Platte, Wallace Heidi Pieper
Madison Madison, Newman Grove Roger Acklie
McPherson McPherson Matt Fiechtner
Nance Fullerton Beth Sonderup
Nance Twin River Dana Peterson
Nemaha Auburn, Johnson Brock Michael Sandfort
Nuckolls Superior Nick Haack
Perkins Perkins Heidi Pieper
Pierce Osmond Adam Venteicher
Platte Humphrey Julie Wilke
Pierce Osmond Adam Venteicher
Polk High Plains Cale Pallas
Richardson Falls City Andy Dunn
Saline Crete Mike Nohavec
Saunders Mead Larry Heyen
Saunders Mead Larry Heyen
Scotts Bluff Minatare Andy Groskopf
Sherman Litchfield Tom Smedra
Stanton Stanton Aaron Fehringer
Thayer Bruning-Davenport, Thayer Central Andy Schmidt
Washington Blair Joy Lauritsen
Wayne Wayne Chris McGuire
York Heartland Karah Perdue