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Future Farmers of America at the National Western Stock Show

Richard Huttner

They make things we need. They work in the biggest industry in the world. They are farmers and other people with agricultural jobs. How do adults do these occupations? Future Farmers of America (the FFA) is a national youth organization that agricultural workers probably joined as a kid. It promotes leadership, personal growth, and premier success.
         At the National Western Stock Show, I interviewed state FFA officer, Carly. She is from Monte Vista. She remarks that the Future Farmers of America’s goal is, “Through agricultural education, FFA members are better prepared for career and college.”
         As a state officer, Carly is paired with a partner and has three districts she “tends.” Her partner is a boy named Mitch.  The districts she takes care of are Ray, Uma, Brush, Fort Morgan, and a tad of Estes Park. There are 16 districts and 10 officers (5 pairs).
         Carly travels 280 days of the year. She speaks at schools that have the FFA program (there are about 100 schools in Colorado with a FFA club). She also meets up with other state officers around the country. She spotted them at a training in Nebraska and at a covention in Indiannapolis.  Carly notes, “There were around 50,000 members at the convention.”
         Carly was at the National Western stock show for one reason. She helped with the behind the scenes tours of the show. She remarks, “Most people don’t like this tour but it is free.”
         If you want to be apart of the FFA, see if your school has the club. It doesn’t just teach farming skills. It teaches business, marketing, and everything agricultural. For more info on the agricultural tour at the National Western Stock Show, visit www.nationalwestern.com/education/ag-tours.aspx