The Brainerd FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week this week. With more than 10,000 members in Minnesota and nearly 600,000 across the country, FFA is the largest student organization in the United States.
The Brainerd FFA Chapter will celebrate the week, starting on Tuesday with the AG Eat and See before school and AG Olympics in North Campus during lunch. Wednesday they will host the AG Olympics on South Campus during lunch. On Thursday, FFA members are doing PALS with cheese and milk tasting. On Friday, they will host their chapter meeting at the Arrowwood Lodge at 5 p.m.
Based around agriculture and previously an acronym for the Future Farmers of America, FFA changed its name to the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the growing diversity of careers in agriculture. Students are now able to learn about research, technology, business, management, communications, the economy, and a variety of other careers in agriculture.
Middle school and high school students have the opportunity to prepare for career success in any field through events that develop future career skills such as public speaking, communication, leadership and hands-on job experience. Agricultural education provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about a field that is relevant to their everyday lives.
Local agricultural education programs around the state of Minnesota will participate in various activities throughout the week. Through meetings with government representatives, appreciation meals for the community, high school dress-up days, agriculture awareness events, and many more fun activities, local FFA chapters will celebrate the motto of our organization.
National FFA Week will precede the Minnesota FFA Convention, which will be held April 27-29 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, for nearly 4,000 members, guests, parents, alumni, faculty and supporters of agricultural education.
This year’s Minnesota FFA theme is, “Fuel Your Fire.” Students at state convention will learn how to develop their own skills so that they can contribute to the success of others whether it is through a career objective, personal encounter, or friendly experience.