Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 28, 2014

Greensburg FFA celebrates National FFA Week


Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG -- Tours of local businesses, baggy omelets, and official dress days highlighted events the Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) FFA used to celebrate National FFA Week.

In addition, FFA members used the week to “tell the FFA story” to eighth graders at the junior high school as well as ending the week by having an FFA bowling event and “corn hole” tournaments throughout the week during lunch. The FFA chapter also celebrated the week by recognizing two District proficiency winners.

Ten FFA members toured Soy Processors and Smith Implement companies during the week. The FFA members talked to personnel in both companies while learning about the companies, the various jobs in each company and what each of the employees did to be the best at their jobs.

Andy Daishell, the chapter’s reporter, was particularly interested in the agriculture technicians at Smith Implements because that’s the field that he wants to go into. “I found out quite a bit about how they reach the level of success in their job they have attained. I thought it was particularly interesting about what they did in high school to get a head start to get the job.”

FFA members made the teachers and staff at the high school understand how much their dedication and expertise meant to the FFA by hosting a “baggy omelet” breakfast. A poster left by a teacher on the agriculture room said it all, “Thank you FFA members for the great breakfast, it was delicious.”

Most people don’t know that one out of five jobs in the United States is agriculture related, nor do they know that only one out of every ten jobs in agriculture is production agriculture or “farming.” That leaves 90 percent of the agriculture jobs open to professions like agricultural engineering, agriculture sales and marketing and agricultural research.

The options in the agricultural field were the focus of the message that Layne Sanders, Greensburg FFA president, and Becca McDole, chapter vice president, delivered to the eighth graders at Greensburg Junior High.

“There are a lot of great jobs in agriculture that paid well”, McDole told the audience, “Take agriculture class at the high school and you can learn about all of the opportunities available.”

Sanders and McDole were also winners in Indiana District 12 FFA competition by winning the Beef Entrepreneur and Vegetable Production proficiencies that were ranked earlier in the week. Sanders and McDole, along with last year’s winner in Agricultural Mechanics, Ashley Koontz, will now compete for state winners in their respective categories. Koontz finished fourth in last year’s state competition.

FFA is the largest student organization in the world and the dedication of students, like those at GCHS, makes it easy to see why the organization continues to enjoy success.

– Daily News