The Iowa FFA Leadership Conference was held April 14th through the 16th in Ames. It was a chance for students across the state to showcase their skills and develop new ones.
Audio: Spotlight on Nodaway Valley FFA for Weekend Ag Matters program
The strength of the FFA in Iowa is growing. I caught up with the Nodaway Valley FFA chapter from Greenfield. Advisor Blake Anderson says their chapter brought 20 participants to the state convention. This is a big deal considering they only had 20 students just six short years ago.
Chapter member Julia Eshelman says the students at the state level must be prepared to put it all on the line.
FFA is no longer just “cows, sows, and plows.” The knowledge these kids are gaining will help them in careers that can support agriculture in the future. Addie Lamb is gaining skills in web design by managing the chapter website.
The skills these kids learn is preparing them for the future. It is giving them the confidence they sometimes never knew they had, as Hailey Deemer comments.
The future of agriculture is going to be in the hands of some smart, driven, and knowledgeable young people in the years to come.