By Buddy Deimler
Agricultural Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education
Utah FFA advisor
Thank you to every Ag teacher in Utah who works hard to make a difference with every student, in every class, every day. Through Agricultural Education and FFA you are making a positive difference in the lives of young people. Your hard work and dedication is evident by the hours that you spend and by the success your students enjoy whether that success is at the local level, the state level or the national level. Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty every day as you provide opportunities for your students. You do a great job!
Katie Pinke, a mother of three who lives in North Dakota, is a huge advocate of FFA. She says, “Do you know what FFA is all about? As a mom of an FFA member I do, but as a student and young adult I had no idea. My husband raves about the confidence and lifelong skills he gained through FFA. Our son, Hunter, joined FFA as an eighth grader and has been an active member for the past four years.” Below is a summary of Katie’s list of the “7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Participate in FFA.”
- FFA is exhilarating.
- FFA is part of the agricultural education program offered to junior high and high school students. The FFA advisor and agricultural education instructor teaches and array of classes based on the interests and needs of the students.
- FFA is inclusive.
- FFA is competition with the highest level of integrity, compassion and encouragement of one another.
- FFA Career Development Events (CDEs) afford kids hands-on opportunities to test the skills they learn in a classroom, in industry-focused real-world events.
- FFA students learn by doing. FFA provides hands-on learning that teaches through entrepreneurship, internship or job placement, research or experimentation, and exploring new career opportunities.
- FFA members are tomorrow’s leaders. FFA teaches essential leadership skills that last a lifetime.
More than 11,000 FFA advisors and agriculture teachers deliver an integrated model of agricultural education, providing students with innovative and leading-edge education and enabling them to grow into competent leaders.
FFA student members participate in hands-on work experiences that assist them in developing life skills and discovering their career path to realize success. Nationwide, FFA student members earn more than $4 billion annually through their hands-on work experience.
Nationally FFA has 610,240 members in 7,665 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In Utah there are 6,012 FFA members in 80 chapters.
If you are not a member of FFA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FFA advisor in your school.