The Future Farmers of America (FFA) who addressed the Community Impact Network talked about their experience with both FFA and the Agricultural Science Curriculum at Honesdale High School.
Some of them discussed how they moved up through the ranks of officers in the chapter and of their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) from making saddle soap to attempting to raise trout to caring for livestock like goats, sheep and cattle.
Some said they have found their passion to study animal behavior or marketing, while others developed leadership skills, made friends and found mentors. As one said, “Through FFA, I am learning and growing into my interests.”
Ag Instructor and FFA Adviser Kayla Pohle said the AG Science program has become very career focused and students spend 90 minutes a day in class. She also said they earn some type of industry certification with the successful completion of each class, arming them with proof of employable skills and knowledge.
The graduating seniors each received their FFA Keystone Degree during the Pennsylvania Farm Show, back in January, which means they contributed 25 hours or more of community service, participated in at least 15 FFA event and held a leadership role in the organization.. Just these five students alone, who completed all four years of the Ag Education Program, worked 14,000 hours in the SAEs and earned or invested $9,000 over their four years of high school.
FFA Keystone Degree recipients were Rowan Murray, Jacob Turner, Allison Billard, Emma Modrovsky and Alexandra Korb.
The Agriculture Innovation Center, the High School Ag Science Education and Future Farmers of America are three of the ways that Wayne Tomorrow! is cultivating a vibrant future of opportunity and prosperity for everyone.