This week has been set aside for agricultural education, known as FFA week.
Students who participate in the Future Farmers of America organization, or FFA, are taking this time to recognize the science, business and technologies associated with today’s farming and agricultural practices. FFA is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States with 579,678 members.
FFA students at the Oregon-Davis School Corporation are busy with activities this week. Ag sciences teacher, Drew Carlin, said agriculture is an important part of life in the Kankakee Valley.
“Agriculture is huge in this area because a great deal of the students come from homes that are either farms or agriculture-related businesses,” said Carlin. “There’s a great response as far as the students go with FFA week festivities and participation. You can just tell through that response and participation just how important agriculture and the FFA is to this area.”
Carlin added that many of the FFA students will be looking to specialize in agriculture when they leave high school in a post-secondary setting or working directly on a family farm.
“Whether it’s taking over the family farm or family businesses, or exploring new paths in agriculture, a great many of them are.”