Next week marks National Ag Week, an opportunity for those in the field of agriculture to celebrate the industry. Through Ag Week, Americans learn how food and fiber products are produced; the vital role agriculture plays in today’s economy; and how agriculture provides safe, abundant and affordable products. From coast to coast, FFA chapters will share the message of agriculture in their communities.
In California, the Surprise Valley FFA will host an Ag Olympics at their local elementary school where students will learn about poultry and the pork industry through a variety of activities. In North Carolina, the North East Carolina Prep School FFA Chapter will provide more than 1,000 students with agricultural education activity kits and guide them through lessons. In Oregon, the Echo FFA Chapter will be teaching first-fifth graders how cool ag careers can be and that everyone has a place in agriculture. In Pennsylvania, the Grand Canyon FFA will interact with elementary students by sharing stories on how farmers ensure we have a safe and nutritious food supply.
On Tuesday, March 12, National FFA President Luke O’Leary will visit the North Harford FFA Chapter in Pylesville, Md., where they will talk agriculture with local elementary students in the morning. Also that morning, Western Region Vice President Shea Booster will visit with the Gwynn Park FFA Chapter in Brandywine, Md., as they host an appreciation breakfast and host a recruitment event for future FFA members. That afternoon, Central Region Vice President Ridge Hughbanks will spend time with the Fauquier FFA in Warrenton, Va., at their Ag Olympics. The officers will show how agriculture plays a role in everyday life — from the clothes we wear to the food we eat.
On Wednesday, March 13, 40 state FFA officers will join a group of 100 young people gathering in Washington, D.C., to learn about sharing the importance of agricultural advocacy with those less familiar with agriculture. On Thursday, March 14—National Ag Day—they will visit with their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill and end with a luncheon at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 459,514 alumni members in 2,236 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.
Information provided by National FFA Organization.