FFA welcomes freshman to PA's biggest industry

posted Aug 25, 2016, 12:44 PM by nwsdnews@nwsd.org   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 12:44 PM by NWSD District ]

Northwestern High School’s Albion Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter hosted an ice cream social on Aug. 23 for incoming freshman agricultural studies students.

“Tonight’s goal was to get freshman into the ag lab, have some ice cream, and learn about what they’re going to be doing the rest of the year,” Albion FFA Vice President Chloe Shade said.

The unique goal of the ag program at Northwestern is to train students in various areas of food, fiber, environmental, mechanical and natural resources involved in agriculture. The curriculum puts an emphasis on leadership skills.

FFA members realize where food truly comes from and learn about food biotechnological development; plant and animal science, through real-life cultivation; sustainability and conservation.

Members also gain an understanding of the impact agriculture – Pennsylvania’s number one industry – has on the economy and history. The have the opportunity to figure out how they might fit in to the important future agriculture holds in our society.

FFA members also focus on community service and leadership programs year-round.

Through summer 2016, members attended the Western Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh in July; the State FFA Convention in State College, Pennsylvania, in June; and held a 2016-2017 planning weekend at Camp Homansky in the mountains.

Members worked throughout the summer at community events selling hydrangeas and their own homegrown veggies.

Student volunteers and ag teacher Anthony Honeycutt also donated their time, trucks and manpower at the 2nd Annual Finch Float, a benefit float held at Conneaut Creek Boat Rental, 9000 Route 215 Albion, in honor of suicide awareness. More than 100 people floated the creek the day of the benefit.

“Our FFA volunteers were a huge help for Finch Float – they jumped right in. We really wouldn’t have been able to do it without them that day,” Conneaut Creek Boat Rental owner Chris Reinelt said. “It’s great to have an organization of young people who care about local causes, the environment, and are willing to work to help others.”

Ag students will start preparing for the Albion Area Fair when school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The ag department and FFA are heavily involved in the “Biggest Little Fair Around.”

Ice cream social pics are here:

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Aug 25, 2016, 12:44 PM
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Aug 25, 2016, 12:44 PM