While at the high school 16 FFA Leaders from across the state held different workshops for the first year FFA Members. Topics included Agricultural Careers, Supervised Agriculture Experiences, FFA Knowledge, and Good Communication. Each group also had the opportunity to receive a free Northwest District FFA T-Shirt and supper. The FFA Leaders wrapped up the evening with all FFA members and Advisors gathering for a group photo.
The Northwest District FFA holds this event annually. Greenhand Fire Up's are held around the state as well. FFA leaders throughout the state come to this event to connect with members and talk about the many opportunities available to students enrolled in agricultural education.
This year the Newell-Fonda FFA Chapter took four first-year members to the event. Members participating included Yazmin Medel, Molly Tiffany, Graham Brown, and Alex Spengler (pictured above left). Networking among members, increasing knowledge, and excitement about FFA opportunities are all things these Newell-Fonda FFA members took away from the evenings activities.
Agricultural education incorporates three aspects of learning. The classroom provides basic knowledge. FFA develops leadership and personal skills. Lastly, a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) provides hands-on learning while working on the job or in an agricultural business.
The Iowa FFA Association is comprised of more than 220 local chapters preparing over 12,500 students for future career opportunities. FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agricultural education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.