Bleckley County FFA

Bleckley FFA wins Area Ag Technology & Equipment ID CDE

Written By: Dr. Parks - Nov• 08•19

Four Bleckley County FFA members recently placed first in the Area 3 FFA Agricultural Technology and Equipment ID Career Development Event. The event was held at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley on November 7th, 2019. Team members were Ethan Parks, Caleb Senters, Chase Jones, and Jacob Foskey. Ethan Parks was the high individual and Caleb Senters placed second out of all competitors in this CDE.

Chase Jones, Ethan Parks, Caleb Senters, Jacob Foskey
Chase Jones, Ethan Parks, Caleb Senters, Jacob Foskey

The purpose of the Jr. Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event is to provide an opportunity for students in grades 6-9 to practice those skills and abilities developed as a regular part of the agricultural education curriculum. The CDE is designed as an introductory event that provides experiences in agricultural mechanics and assesses the knowledge gained from classroom instruction. Each team member had to complete an electrical wiring circuit, take a written exam, complete a measuring practicum and compete in a tool identification component.

Dr. Walt Parks is the team’s advisor.


Bleckley FFA Wins State Land Judging Championship

Written By: Dr. Parks - Oct• 28•19

The Bleckley County FFA Land Judging Team won the State FFA Land Judging Career Development Event on October 26, 2019 at Fort Valley State University. Team members were Louie Lumley, Joni Lumley, Lizzy Parks, and Mia Crooms. Louie Lumley also had the highest individual score in the state.

LR-Joni Lumley, Louie Lumley, Lizzy Parks, Mia Crooms

The Land Judging Career Development Event provides students the opportunity to determine a field’s potential for erosion by assigning a land classification and determining the correct use and treatment practices for selected sites. FFA members must consider topsoil texture and thickness, effective depth, permeability of subsoil, slope, erosion, and drainage.

As the state winning team, they will represent Georgia at the National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May. 

Dr. Walt Parks, Bleckley County High School FFA advisor, was the team’s coach.  The Land Judging Career Development Event is sponsored by Georgia Farm Credit Associations as a special project of the Georgia FFA Foundation.

Bleckley FFA member attends Co-op Camp

Written By: Billie Lumley - Aug• 07•19

On July 15-19, Bleckley County was represented by Louie Lumley, BCHS Senior, and current Bleckley County FFA chapter Vice-President, at the Georgia Cooperative Council Youth Leadership Conference at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Covington.

Louie Lumley
Louie Lumley

The 5-day conference builds and enhances teen leadership skills and for participants to learn the role cooperatives play in the communities they serve. The leadership event promoted teamwork through a series of exercises, training, and presentations. In addition to sessions and workshops learning from many cooperative contributors, the attendees enjoyed field trips to Walton EMC and Williams Dairy, as well as fun team-building activities at the camp.

Louie Lumley at Walton EMC
Walton EMC tour
Williams Dairy tour

Participants were sponsored by Georgia electrical membership cooperatives, who determine participants and cover the cost of the week. We greatly appreciate Ocmulgee EMC, based out of Eastman, for sponsoring Louie for the week. 

Bleckley FFA members attend NRCW at ABAC

Written By: Billie Lumley - Aug• 07•19

Bleckley County was represented the week of June 9 – 13 at the Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC). Sophomores Joni Lumley and Lucy Wiegert were sponsored by the Central Georgia Conservation District to attend the NRCW.

Lucy Wiegert, Joni Lumley
Lucy Wiegert & Joni Lumley

The students participating in the workshop attended lectures and hands-on activities to boost their knowledge of Georgia’s vital natural resources. Local, state, and federal natural resource agencies and specialists from universities hosted these sessions. These professionals consisted of ABAC admissions personnel, the Department of Natural Resources, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service, the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA, the Georgia Soil and Water Conversation Commission, and many private industries and organizations.

“The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to engage high school students in the importance of natural resources and agriculture in Georgia,” NRCW Interim Director Kip Hall, an assistant professor of forestry at ABAC, said. “During NRCW, students gain a new perspective on conversation, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture with both classroom and outdoor experiential learning. The workshop opens the door for many students to consider a college major for a career in agriculture and natural resources.”

We greatly appreciate the Central Georgia Soil and Water Conservation District for sponsoring these two Bleckley County High School students and helping to expand their knowledge of conserving Georgia’s natural resources.

2019-2020 Officer Ballot

Written By: Dr. Parks - May• 07•19

Click HERE to vote for the 2019-2020 Bleckley FFA Officers. You must log into your school Google account to vote.