FFA club integrates several professions


The FFA leaders and members meet on January 11. The chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at HSE in the lecture hall. Photo by Alaina Gabbard.

Alaina Gabbard, Reporter

Future Farmers of America (FFA)  invites students who are interested in becoming production farmers, teachers, scientists, doctors, business owners and other professions to take part in agricultural training. 

“FFA means a chance to re-channel my roots. I think if you have a will to work, want to be better at speaking and have a vision for the future, this is a great club to be part of,” senior Jonathan Bauer said.

The club’s goal is to create a path for each of its members to personally grow and become a leader through agricultural education. Helping develop the members’ talents and allowing them to explore what they are interested in by providing a wide range of agricultural career pathways is another important mission or FFA.

“I like the people I have met through activities with FFA because when I  went to one of the national Washington Leadership Conference members of FFA I got to meet other members from around the country. I know so many people now who live in different places,” junior Emma Swain said. 

There are many activities that FFA participates in during the school year.  They have the Skill-a-thon where the members are part of teams and identify things like cuts of meat and types of equipment.  They have the forestry event where the members will identify leaves, woods and seeds. There are also activities like soils, etymology, livestock, horses, leadership CDEs, parliamentary procedure, conferences and camps. 

“This is my fortieth year being apart of FFA, and I think it is great to be able to see them [members] go on to bigger and better things,” FFA advisor Thomas Younts said.