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Two former FFA presidents praise organization

Elaine Shein

OMAHA (DTN) – Kelli Brown, 41, still remembers the moment that changed her life: She was an eighth-grade student sitting in the local cafe in Curtis, Neb., when her school’s agricultural teacher sat down at the table and encouraged her to get involved with Future Farmers of America.

At the time, she saw it as a chance to learn more about livestock production as well as meat and livestock judging. She figured she could use some of the skills to help with her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in southwest Nebraska.

Little did she know that meeting would lead her to be president of the organization in 1987-88, to oversee its name change to National FFA Organization, and would provide her the opportunity to shake hands with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

She also met her future husband Donnell through FFA – he served as National FFA president in 1989-90 and also met Reagan – and her FFA leadership skills helped her to become president of the Red Angus Association of America last fall.

OMAHA (DTN) – Kelli Brown, 41, still remembers the moment that changed her life: She was an eighth-grade student sitting in the local cafe in Curtis, Neb., when her school’s agricultural teacher sat down at the table and encouraged her to get involved with Future Farmers of America.

At the time, she saw it as a chance to learn more about livestock production as well as meat and livestock judging. She figured she could use some of the skills to help with her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in southwest Nebraska.

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Little did she know that meeting would lead her to be president of the organization in 1987-88, to oversee its name change to National FFA Organization, and would provide her the opportunity to shake hands with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

She also met her future husband Donnell through FFA – he served as National FFA president in 1989-90 and also met Reagan – and her FFA leadership skills helped her to become president of the Red Angus Association of America last fall.

OMAHA (DTN) – Kelli Brown, 41, still remembers the moment that changed her life: She was an eighth-grade student sitting in the local cafe in Curtis, Neb., when her school’s agricultural teacher sat down at the table and encouraged her to get involved with Future Farmers of America.

At the time, she saw it as a chance to learn more about livestock production as well as meat and livestock judging. She figured she could use some of the skills to help with her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in southwest Nebraska.

Little did she know that meeting would lead her to be president of the organization in 1987-88, to oversee its name change to National FFA Organization, and would provide her the opportunity to shake hands with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

She also met her future husband Donnell through FFA – he served as National FFA president in 1989-90 and also met Reagan – and her FFA leadership skills helped her to become president of the Red Angus Association of America last fall.

OMAHA (DTN) – Kelli Brown, 41, still remembers the moment that changed her life: She was an eighth-grade student sitting in the local cafe in Curtis, Neb., when her school’s agricultural teacher sat down at the table and encouraged her to get involved with Future Farmers of America.

At the time, she saw it as a chance to learn more about livestock production as well as meat and livestock judging. She figured she could use some of the skills to help with her family’s diversified crop and livestock farm in southwest Nebraska.

Little did she know that meeting would lead her to be president of the organization in 1987-88, to oversee its name change to National FFA Organization, and would provide her the opportunity to shake hands with President Ronald Reagan in the Oval Office.

She also met her future husband Donnell through FFA – he served as National FFA president in 1989-90 and also met Reagan – and her FFA leadership skills helped her to become president of the Red Angus Association of America last fall.

elaine shein can be reached at elaine.shein@dtn.com