Front row: Cameron Jackson, Elizabeth Gibbs, William Gilfoil, Makayla Harmon, Kayla Babbs, Eric Murray, Cobi Pickens, Matthew Austin, Timmy Carr
Second row: Adam Benton, Maiya Conner, Erin Lindsey, Garrett Gerace, Dominique Guillory, Mary Clark, Autumn Clark, Heidi Bryan, Hunter Saurage, Bryce Leduc, Emma Hardin
Back row: DeJahn Schexnayder, Cheyenne Gerald, Skylar Gardner, Hannah Gerace, Gionni Coles, Kit Brush, Keaton Humber, Cody Collier, Martin Sifuentes, Kenneth Eaglin
Ag Teachers: Matthew Santiago, Megan East, Stephanie Hoppe, Ronald Kelley, Will A. Humber
(Matthew Austin Best of Breed, Maiya Conner Best of Breed, Kit Brush Best of Breed & Best of Show - pictured above). There were dozens upon dozens of members of the BFFA Show Team that took part at the South Texas State Fair in Beaumont this year. We were fortunate enough to have three of our members make the auction sale with their broilers, while the three members of the rabbit show team took top honors as well.
BISD Board of Managers members Mitch Templeton & Angela Bransford visited and toured the BISD Ag Farm and facilities. They had many questions regarding our Ag program as a whole and were incredibly helpful and positive throughout their visit.
Dozens of students took part in the 1st Annual Beaumont FFA Ag Olympics out at the Ag Farm to honor National FFA Week. Students took part in events including: Tug-O-War, Wheelbarrow Water Race, Shopping Cart Race, Farmer Brown Obstacle Course, Balloon Pop, Milk Chug, Bubble Trouble, and much more.
Several members of the BFFA Chapter took part in the 2018 Grants For Growing fundraiser at the Beaumont Tractor Supply store, during FFA Week. Funds that were raised in the State of Texas stayed in the state and went to local FFA chapters that applied for grants through the TSC and National FFA Foundation partnership. This year the BFFA Chapter received $5,000 in grants from this program.
The Beaumont FFA Chapter was thrilled to host the Texas FFA State Officer Travelling Team. Approximately 150 students from throughout the district Agriculture Department took part in a fabulous workshop where they learned about leadership, communication & teamwork--what FFA is all about! Click on the link below to see the Channel 6 News clip.
The Advanced Ag students has the benefit today of welcoming Dr. Ferguson from McNeese State to teach our students about beef cattle reproduction and artificial insemination. The cattle belonged to Mr. Bill Lambert and he allowed us to preg test them today with Dr. Ferguson's oversight. What a terrific day.
The Beaumont FFA Chapter had exhibitors at the 2017 South Texas State Fair. Students showed pigs, goats and broilers. Two members even made the sale with their broilers. Congratulations to these hard working young men and women. Beaumont FFA members from Vincent Middle School also participated in the Ag Mechanics Contest.
BASF Beaumont has made a wonderful donation to our our Ag Farm. We received a donation of over 200 fruit trees, citrus trees and berry bushes from BASF Beaumont. We are extremely thankful for the support of this wonderful partnership. #BASFAgProducts #BASFBeaumont
Members of the Beaumont FFA Chapter partnered with Tractor Supply Company to help raise funds for the Texas FFA Association, during FFA Week 2017. Several members brought animals including horses, goats, dogs and rabbits. The community was invited to attend and participate by asking questions as well as petting the animals. Tractor Supply raised over $64,000 statewide during that time.
The BISD Agricultural Department is on the verge of something innovative and exclusive to Texas Agriculture. BISD owns a 30-acre farm, entirely powered by solar energy that comes complete with a $2.5 million Ag. Science Complex with state-of-the-art amenities including learning centers, a full-scale fruit & citrus orchard, large student garden, high quality hay forage as well as three pastures reserved for grazing livestock; all located on the outskirts of Beaumont.
Our Ag Department is made up of multiple campuses across a large urban school district comprised of almost 20,000 students. Our main campus is located at the Bennie Hickman Agriculture Science Center and sits on a 30 acre farm. The Hickman Ag Science Center is the base of operations for Agriculture across the district. Working in concert with the Ag Center are three high school campuses: Central HS, Ozen HS, and West Brook HS. Our six middle school campuses serve as foundation builders for our Ag Dept, including: King, Marshall, Odom Academy, Smith, South Park and Vincent. Here at BISD we believe "The future of Agriculture is now."
The Ag Farm will soon be home to a full-scale working orchard with almost 200 fruit & citrus trees and berry bushes on 2 1/2 acres. Apples, pears, peaches, plums, figs, satsumas, mandarins, lemons, figs, blueberries and blackberries will be located on the front side of the facility, just off North Keith Rd, near the entrance to the farm. Along with the orchard, students will manage a full-size garden that will sit on 3/4 of an acre.
The newest addition to the BISD Ag Farm are three young heifers that were donated to us by Double D Farms in Newton, TX; that we will be using to build our breeding beef enterprise. We plan to build the herd for the purposes of developing a livestock show team. We also plan to develop a small herd of goats for the same purpose.
In addition to this, we also have a small hay patch that we maintain so as to be able to give our students affordable and high quality hay forage. The students are able to learn about the importance of nutrition, feeds and feeding.
There is a long-standing tradition in the National FFA Organization in which students develop a project of their choosing, to be conducted outside of classroom time. This project is called an SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. One facet of an SAE program is a livestock project. Currently, our FFA Chapter is building it's livestock showmanship team.
The Beaumont Agriculture Department & Beaumont FFA Chapter are supremely grateful to have some wonderfully supportive Partners in Education. We hope to build even more long-lasting partnerships over the developing years of our program.
2016-2017 Partners in Education:
BASF - Beaumont, TX
Beaumont Tractor - Beaumont, TX
Double D Farms - Newton, TX
Tractor Supply Company - Beaumont, TX
Muldrow Bee Farm - Beaumont, TX
Jefferson County AgriLIFE Extension
Sherwin Williams - Beaumont, TX
Ritter Lumber - Beaumont, TX
UT Physicians - Beaumont, TX
Shoppa's Farm Supply - Beaumont, TX
The largest student leadership organization in America is the National FFA Organization. FFA (Future Farmers of America) is an intra-curricular student organization that is filled with history, tradition and great American values. The National FFA Organization is an integral part of agricultural education by helping make classroom instruction come to life through realistic, hands-on applications.
FFA members embrace concepts taught in agricultural science classrooms nationwide, build valuable skills through hands-on experiential learning and each year demonstrate their proficiency in competitions based on real-world agricultural skills. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. FFA membership today is comprised of 649,355 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
FFA operates on local, state and national levels. Student members belong to chapters organized at the local school level. Agriculture educators serve as chapter advisors. Chapters are organized under state associations headed by an advisor and executive secretary, often employees of the state department of education. States conduct programs and host annual conventions. The National FFA Organization is governed by a board of directors, charters state associations and provides direction, program materials and support for local chapters and state FFA associations.