FFA continues to build character
A special moment happened Monday when members of the Estherville Future Farmers of America were recognized with awards of service at the 2011 parent-Member Banquet at the Estherville Lincoln Central cafeteria.
After the awards ceremony, awards and degrees were presented and a work auction followed. All proceeds go to the Estherville FFA Chapter to assist with travel expenses.
Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to get support for agricultural education. In Kansas City’s Baltimore Hotel, 33 young farmboys charted a course for the future. They could not have foreseen how the organization would grow and thrive.
Since 1928, millions of agriculture students have worn the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA creed. FFA has opened its doors and its arms to minorities and women, ensuring that all students could reap the benefits of agricultural education.
Today, the National FFA remains committed to teaching students leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation’s view of “traditional” agriculture and finding new ways to bring agriculture into the classroom.
As farming has changed and grown, so has the FFA. Just as greater efficiencies have reached farming at all levels, so, too, has the FFA kept pace with changes in technology.
Perhaps FFA’s greatest gift of all, though, is the character it builds within young men and women who take what they’ve learned from previous generations and apply it with the vision of tomorrow.
Congratulations, FFA, and here’s to a continued bright future for this great organization.