By holding events like pancake dinners and driving their farm tractors to school, Nebraska’s future farmers and ranchers are celebrating FFA Week.
Joshua Remington, a spokesman for the FFA Foundation, says they’re dedicated to making a difference in students’ lives by developing their leadership potential, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
“People might think the FFA is slowing down or growth is slowing down and membership might not be what it is as people move to more urban areas, but it’s a record membership as people pay more attention to things like where their food comes from, water quality and overall production of food,” Remington says.
He says agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
“Agriculturalists, by and large, tend to be excellent stewards and they want to pass on that land from generation to generation and have a great opportunity there,” Remington says. “Plus, we know that many parents value the career choices their students are making.”
He says there are 11 jobs for every single applicant in the ag industry.
There are 7,400 FFA members in 170 Nebraska chapters.