Archives for youth

Future Farmers of America- Amazing Leaders

This past week I was honored to recapture my unforgettable experience of speaking for the National Future Farmers of America last October in Louisville, KY.  I spoke for South Carolina FFA and Alabama FFA entitling my speech, “Don’t Throw Tomatoes at my Field of Dreams.”  As always, these young people are set apart from the stereo-type of modern day youth. I started my speech by saying that they are coined “Millennials” and I had both good news and bad news about their generation. “There are 80 million of you and you are called Millennials.  Most of you were born between 1980 Continue Reading

Do You Celebrate Life's Moments?

We all have celebrated moments that are unforgettable.  We freeze special times and make sure we will never forget a treasured experience. We celebrate milestones in our lives like marriage and the birth of babies.   There are also unforgettable moments that are afforded to us through hard work and never giving up on the desires of our hearts. One of my most celebrated moments was speaking for 20,000 young people (out of 60,000) who attended my presentation at the National Future Farmers of America Convention.  Recently, FFA posted YouTube videos from the convention and I have loved watching amazing footage Continue Reading

FFA-Passion and Purpose to Make a Difference

I wish you had been there … 60,000 outstanding young men and women gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for the 87th Annual Future Farmers of America Convention.  One day, these young people will take over this country. These students are leaders; they are innovative and savvy.  They are thought leaders, excellent communicators and have a passion to make a difference in the world – no kidding! By request, here is the song I sang with FFA convention pics on YouTube, You Can Grow. It was an honor to give away my book, Bare Feet to High Heels that is a continuation Continue Reading

National FFA- Great Youth Who GO ALL OUT!

Have you ever had a dream come true? Wednesday morning I will fly to Louisville, Kentucky as the closing speaker for the National FFA Convention.  Their theme is Go All Out. There will be around 60,000 of America’s finest youth attending the Future Farmers of America or FFA Convention.  @nationalffa Friday evening, October 31 at 7:48 PM I will be the closing speaker for an audience of 18,000. My session will be aired LIVE on RFD television and Sirius XM Radio.  Somebody pinch me.  I will be sharing the platform with Jeff Simmons, CEO of Elanco and the CEO of Tyson Foods, Continue Reading

Advice for Youth from “Diamond” Lillian Hughes

 “What advice for youth would you share?”  I posted this question on Facebook last week.  The answer is important to me since I am the closing speaking for Future Farmers of America October 31 LIVE on Rural 345 Direct TV. @NationalFFA My answer came the following day when I sat in First Baptist Church in Johnston, South Carolina at Lillian “Diamond” Hughes’ Celebration of Life Service. Yes, it was as genuine and sparkling as a pure-cut diamond…just like Lillian.  Her son, Bill shared great advice for youth from his mother, Lillian Hughes or as we called her, “Diamond Lil.” “My Continue Reading