Indiana House celebrates FFA page day
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Saunders was joined by Emily Marsh and Libby Witham from Shenandoah High School.
“FFA does a good job not only preparing its young members for a future in farming, but in multiple areas of adult life,” said Rep. Saunders. “Teaching the importance of civic duty is a valuable skill for these young Hoosiers to understand, which is why it’s great to see them come to the Statehouse and participate in the day’s session at the Statehouse.”
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.
“At the Statehouse, we have numerous organizations and visitors come to witness the legislative process, see different statewide officeholders and learn about Indiana’s history. There’s so much to take in for first time student visitors that brings to life what they have been learning in the classroom,” said Rep. Saunders. “It was a pleasure to see some kids from my own district learning through the FFA.”