This is FFA Week in Nebraska. Scott Johnson, a spokesman for the organization, says the theme for the week-long observance is “Transform: Purpose to Action.”
The week signals not only the 70th annual FFA Week but another special date for the program.
“On the 23rd will be the 100th anniversary of the federal Smith-Hughes Act, passed on February 23rd of 1917,” Johnson says. “The Smith-Hughes Act is actually what established what was called vocational agriculture at the time in public schools.” That laid the foundation for creation of the FFA just 11 years later.
Johnson says there will be special events statewide to honor of FFA Week, including Drive Your Tractor to School Day in some areas.
“You see a little bit of everything,” Johnson says. “Some will do an ag olympics, they’ll have appreciation breakfasts, pancake feeds, activities that engage the community, school, students, FFA members, staff dress-up days.”
Nebraska has some 6,600 FFA members statewide. There are more than 130 FFA chapters in Nebraska. More than half of the 254 schools in Nebraska have agriculture education and FFA.
Learn more at: www.ffa.org