House Resolution Highlights National FFA Week

(UNDATED) – In celebration of National FFA Week the Indiana FFA Association received a house concurrent resolution recognizing FFA and all of its work to advance the quality of agricultural education both locally and nationally. This coincides with National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27, as a week of celebration for FFA members and learning more about the impact it has on members every day.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch

“FFA empowers young leaders and equips them with the skills needed to excel and achieve real-world success,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Our Indiana FFA members work hard for their many accomplishments and this recognition from Indiana state legislators, during National FFA Week, is well deserved.”

This will be an atypical week of FFA celebrations and our members have become creative with ways to celebrate virtually and bring everyone together to still honor a great organization.

Pictured above from left to right are the 2020-2021 Indiana FFA State Officers – back row (standing) Kylie Schakel, State Secretary; Luc Sproles, State Sentinel, middle row (seated) Blayne Vandeveer, State Northern Region VP; Julia Hamblen, State President; Loren Matlock, State Southern Region VP; Evan Coblentz, State Treasurer, and seated on the ground, Derick Williams, State Reporter.

Indiana State FFA Officers will be virtually visiting chapters around the state and learning better ways to support members. The state officer team also plans to host a virtual Foundation in Reaching Excellence conference for FFA members. Members will learn to take the skills they develop in FFA and leverage those skills in post-high school education or workforce activities.

Don Lehe

“FFA members are critical to carrying on the state’s agricultural heritage while being part of the innovation and technology that will drive the industry’s future success,” said Don Lehe, chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. “This leadership organization deserves recognition for their longstanding dedication to personal growth, education, and career development among our youth.”

New this year, Indiana FFA members will participate in Virtual FFA Advocacy days, a partnership with Indiana Farm Bureau. Virtual FFA Advocacy days are designed to help FFA members learn and participate in advocacy, ag issues, storytelling and meetings with representatives and officials. Advocacy days will feature speakers who focus on why it is important to tell the story of agriculture and explain how best FFA members can be involved in local and state decisions.

Bruce Kettler

“FFA is an organization near and dear to my heart and I am thankful each day it is housed within our department of agriculture,” said Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. “National FFA Week is a great time to showcase the FFA members and chapters in our great state and to highlight everything they do for their local communities. I want to encourage everyone to learn more about our FFA programs in Indiana and push schools to keep agriculture education a priority.”

To learn more about the Indiana FFA Association click here. To find a contact for your local FFA chapter click here.