Enhancing independence and success in agriculture for farmers with a disability or long-term health condition and their families.

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Serve your community. Practice leadership skills. Earn cash for your organization.

The Bridging Horizons PA Contest provides an opportunity for the Pennsylvania FFA Association to make a positive impact by completing a project that helps to enhance independence and promote success for farmers with a disability or long-term health condition.

Monetary prizes will be awarded to the FFA Chapter who is the winner in each of three categories.

Projects for entry must fall under the following categories:

  1. Design an assistive technology table top demo or model
  2. Develop an AgrAbility PA video or multimedia project
  3. Complete a community service project that helps farmers with disabilities and/or their family members.

Timeline for contest

  • Sept 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018
    FFA Chapters may pursue projects for the Bridging Horizons PA Contest sponsored by AgrAbility PA
  • May 31, 2018
    Entries must be submitted online or mailed. Details here.
  • June 2018
    Announce winners at the 2018 State FFA Activities Week & Convention at Penn State University

This contest is a great addition to a challenging program of activities for any FFA chapter, especially those looking to the National FFA Models of Innovation programs highlighting healthy lifestyles!

In 2017, AgrAbility PA recognized three FFA chapters from the mid-state – Cumberland Valley, Central Columbia, and Columbia-Montour A.V.T.S. – as winners in its Bridging Horizons PA Contest.

The Central Columbia FFA and Columbia-Montour AVTS FFA chapters split $400 as they collaborated on a service project. The Cumberland County FFA received $400 for an assistive technology tabletop demo.

Student representatives from each chapter accepted certificates in June 2017 during a General Session event at the Bryce Jordan Center as part of Pennsylvania FFA’s 88th State Convention & Activities Week at Penn State. AgrAbility PA Project Director and Penn State Associate Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education Dr. Connie Baggett presented the awards on stage to Nina, Nick, and Kennedy (pictured above).