FFA Is More Than Just Farming

This is National FFA Week. As we continue to shine our spotlight on this organization, Krista Waters, the Mulberry Grove FFA Chapter Vice President, and Bethany Miller, the Mulberry Grove FFA Chaplain, told WGEL FFA activities consist of a lot of competitions and public speaking. She said students learn how to judge dairy and horses and learn time management. The Mulberry Grove chapter also helps with community activities such as raising flags on holidays and serving hot chocolate at the Mulberry Grove Christmas tree lighting last year. The group holds two blood drives, one in the fall and one in the spring.

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J.T. Thiems, the President of the Greenville FFA Chapter, Shelbi McCray, the Greenville Chapter Reporter, and Marcus Wall, the Historian of the Greenville Chapter, explained that while FFA once stood for Future Farmers of America, it’s become much more than that.

J.T. said most people in the chapter live in town and not on farms. He said they learn how to work as a team and communicate. Shelbi said FFA is about teaching life and leadership skills. Marcus said there’s something for everyone in FFA, regardless of your future plans.

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The National FFA Organization consists of 653,359 student members who belong to one of 8,568 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.