Indiana House celebrates FFA page day
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Smith was joined by Bailey Meyer and Sydney Morey from Columbus High School.
“It’s always good to see future leaders in agriculture taking an interest in the legislative process,” said Rep. Smith. “FFA has very wisely taken advantage of the opportunity to let their members, especially Bailey and Sydney, get a firsthand taste of life here 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.
“In Indiana, it’s very important we continue to support and encourage young people who are interested in farming and the agricultural industry,” said Rep. Smith. “I hope all the FFA members who came out to page for a day got to have an educational and fun experience.”