At a time when a the farm economy has driven some from the land, and other parents are warning their children to find other alternatives to the uncertainty that comes with a family farm, parents and children alike are digging their heels into the dirt in northern Buena Vista County.
This school year is the first year Sioux Central is offering agriculture education courses and the first-ever charter for a chapter of Future Farmers of America. It's a positive sign in a county and a state that has been seeing fewer and fewer young farmers on the horizon.
Sioux Central FFA members Trenton Olson and Jeff Chalstrom believe interest in the newly created programs will continue to grow amongst students in the coming years.
"People are already talking about joining," said Olson, a freshman and president of the Sioux Central FFA chapter.
"A lot of people didn't know about FFA at first. They asked, 'What is this? What is FFA?'" said Chalstrom, who is vice-president. "Now they're asking, 'How can we be in it?'"
Both say their fathers played a big role in their involvement in FFA.
"I've lived on a farm all my life and my father was in FFA," Olson said. "It's a fun way to learn and meet people."
Read the rest of this article in the 4/05/01 Pilot Tribune.