STATEHOUSE — State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Cherry was joined by Leah Jacobs of Shirley and Hallie Wright of Greenfield.
“The Page Program is a fantastic experience for students to come into the Statehouse and learn the ins and outs of how our state legislature works,” said Rep. Cherry. “I was pleased to welcome two members of FFA to the General Assembly, and I fully support the organization’s mission to cultivate the next generation of agricultural leaders in our state.”
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.
“When it comes to combining applied education with practical vocational training I know of no better example than FFA,” said Rep. Cherry. “I hope that the time these students spent at the Statehouse today will help continue their passion of public service.”