COVID-19 may have caused Bloomfield’s FFA Chapter to cancel some of its activities this year, but the resilience and creative thinking of members have continued to keep the chapter active.

FFA President Cajun Batterson and Sentinel Tyler Closser spoke of the chapter’s activities last week.

Closser said the chapter has continued to hold regular meetings despite the pandemic, but precautions are being taking such as the use of masks and social distancing.

During FFA week, members typically host an assembly for DC Middle School students. The assembly includes games related to agriculture and serves as an opportunity to recruit incoming freshman into the chapter.

This year the chapter created “fun things” for middle school students that didn’t involve large groups of people. “We didn’t want to break school safety guidelines,” Batterson said.

The chapter continues to assist with the district’s food pantry. Members pack bags of food for food-insecure students in the elementary and middle schools and send the bags home with students on Friday. The Food Bank of Iowa provides the food.  

Closser said the chapter was pleased it could continue its annual fruit sales. “That was a big deal. This is our biggest fundraiser,” he said.

Batterson, too, was pleased with the community’s support during the sales campaign. “There was not much of a drop-off in sales despite the pandemic,” he said.

Though the National FFA Convention has been cancelled, Sub-District and District FFA contests continue. The format will be different, however, as each school will be assigned a block of time to compete and students will not have opportunities to mingle with members from other schools.

Results from the upcoming contests will be reported in The Bloomfield Democrat.