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Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Audio, Editorial, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Texas FFA Week proclaims bright future for Texas agriculture

By Gene Hall

Forty-one years ago, I took off my blue and gold FFA jacket for the last time. It still hangs in my closet though I couldn’t zip it now. Like all of them, it has my name on the right breast, the FFA emblem on the left. Underneath my name is “State Vice President, 1973-74.” I’m still proud of that.

February 21 kicked off National FFA Week. We called it the Future Farmers of America. But few students of agricultural sciences actually became farmers so it was changed to simply “FFA.”

It’s still about agriculture, but a LOT more. It’s the first exposure for many to the skills of parliamentary procedure and the discipline of showing livestock. Agriculture means opportunity for young folks and FFA is great preparation.

I did not return to the farm. I am an ag communicator. FFA may no longer be “Future Farmers of America.” But it’s very much about the future.

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