Jason Smith was a member of the Future Farmers of America whereas a scholar at Daviess County Excessive College. Now he’s returned as an Ag trainer and have become an FFA advisor. In honor of Nationwide FFA week February 22-29, Smith displays on all he appreciates in regards to the group that promotes servant management.
“My favourite facet of FFA is the household environment, fostered in this system primarily based on rural values and the agricultural neighborhood,” he mentioned. “There may be actually one thing for each member to develop into concerned in. FFA fosters management and private progress by selling many profession growth occasions which can be tied to the curriculum. Our members develop to be higher residents.”
At present, DCHS has 175 members in FFA, assembly the membership requirement of enrollment in an agriculture training class. Beginning subsequent yr, college students within the eighth grade will be capable to take an introductory class in agriculture that may enable them to develop into concerned in FFA and switch that credit score to the excessive faculties which is able to broaden alternatives with twin faculty credit and business internship alternatives.
“We’re excited in regards to the assist of the Daviess County Board of Training that has allowed us to have the ability to broaden the agriculture program and FFA to the center faculties within the county subsequent yr,” Smith mentioned.
The Nationwide FFA Conference, which brings collectively 70,000 FFA members from throughout the nation, is Smith’s favourite occasion. Right here, college students rejoice success and honor the agriculture business.
“It’s refreshing to look over a sea of Blue and Gold jackets representing small cities and large cities in america; it actually restores my religion on this nation and the following era of leaders,” Smith mentioned.
A kind of leaders is senior Cara Smith who has been concerned in FFA for 4 years.
“As soon as I began highschool, I misplaced a number of mates for being myself and never giving in to look strain. I discovered FFA and located that everybody in FFA is supportive of each other and never judgemental. Everyone seems to be accepting of everybody else’s passions and pursuits even past agriculture,” Cara Smith mentioned.
The highschool senior defined FFA offers college students many shops to take part in neighborhood occasions. Placing college students’ names on the market at a younger age offers them a head begin to skilled alternatives after highschool.
“Throughout my time in FFA I’ve been concerned in neighborhood occasions reminiscent of Rooster Booster Breakfasts, Farm-Metropolis Breakfasts, Rural Life dinners, Excursions at Owensboro Grain, and lots of different occasions,” Cara Smith mentioned.
Ethan Smith, who serves as the present Daviess County FFA President and the Inexperienced River Area FFA Chaplain, mentioned his favourite facet of the group is assembly new individuals and encountering completely different viewpoints of agriculture from throughout the area.
“I competed in a talking contest which helps put together college students to have the ability to communicate in entrance of an viewers. Whether or not that may be a group of friends or in an interview setting, FFA will put together them for it,” Ethan Smith mentioned.
Like his advisor, Ethan most enjoys the Nationwide Conference which he views as a chance to fulfill individuals from throughout the nation.
“It’s the place I make a number of my friendships and get to really perceive how agriculture is across the nation,” Ethan Smith mentioned.