FFA spokesman Kurt Veldhuizen doesn’t see any letting up in the program that’s nearly 90 years old.
“I think it’s very strong and when you look at ultimately FFA’s tie to agriculture, that’s what we’re rooted in, the future of agriculture is very strong,” Veldhuizen says. “Agriculture has and it will continue to evolve. Today we do things way different than we did 100 years ago.”
He tells students there will always be careers in agriculture available.
“When it comes down to it, as long we’re on earth, as long as there are humans on earth, we will need agriculture in one form or another and that’s really the exciting things for these kids,” Veldhuizen says.
He also tells students the advancing technology is constantly changing agriculture and there may be new jobs available by the time they enter the workforce that weren’t around when they started school.
“With young kids looking for careers and jobs I always tell them what great job security,” according to Veldhuizen. “We are always going to need to feed people. By 2050, we are going to need to feed nine billion, that’s the big push in agriculture right now. You know, what great job security to be a part of that industry.”
There are some 600,000 FFA members nationwide. Learn more at www.ffa.org.