Indiana House celebrates FFA page day
STATEHOUSE — State Representative John Price (R-Greenwood) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Price was joined by Allie Abney from Trafalgar.
“FFA takes a unique and holistic approach to teaching students about farming and agriculture,” said Rep. Price. “You don’t just learn about how to run a farming business, you gain life skills. Members learn the chemistry behind farming, as well as the effects it has on the world. It’s a great program, and I’m very proud of Allie, who also serves as the Indiana FFA President.”
According to the organization’s website, FFA was founded more than 80 years ago to educate young people about the business, science and art of farming. Over time, the organization has risen to the challenge of feeding a growing population, and expanded its mission to encompass related fields, including biology, chemistry, veterinary medicine, engineering and entrepreneurship. Today, there are nearly 580,000 FFA members in 7,570 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Indiana chapter, in particular, has 9,600 members.
“Agriculture is a major part of Indiana’s commerce and workforce, so the students in FFA represent a big part of our future,” said Rep. Price. “By having its own page day, we rightly recognize FFA as a great program for the health of our state.”