National FFA Officer Visits Washington, D.C.

National FFA Officer Visits Washington, D.C.

U.S. Capitol U.S. Capitol

July 11, 2016

The FFA wants to provide students and advisors with educational resources for ag literacy and advocacy, which is why National FFA Central Region Vice President Abrah Meyer is spending some time in Washington, D.C. advocating for ag education. With more than 629,000 members across the country, the FFA has plenty to discuss with lawmakers.

Meyer explained, "I've been meeting with different interest groups and the House Committees on Agriculture and Education. While we have been here we have been talking about how we can better tell our story on The Hill. The average American is 5 generations removed from the farm, and agriculture education allows that disconnect to reconnect and really become in tune with what's going on in the industry and what's going on within food production."

Once students understand what agriculture looks like from the farm gate to the dinner plate, the FFA wants them to understand it can be a career option as well.

There is also an online component to teach students about the importance of agriculture. Meyer said, "We've been really excited about Ag Explore. This is an online experience for students to look at and create a personalized profile. It opens up students to the 8 career pathways that we identify in ag, and within those pathways the students will fill out personality and career profile assessment. Then through that they know which classes, coursework, and degree they need to pursue that career in agriculture."

With 235 different career profiles, any student can take advantage of the tool. "It's neat because not just in FFA or 4H but all students have the option to look into ag explore and be exposed to those ag careers," said Meyer.

To learn more about Ag Explore, head to FFA.org and click HERE

  

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