Navajo Future Farmers “set the bar high” for gratitude
That Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has declared March 20th as National Ag Day in America. Events across the nation will center around gratitude to ag producers and ag industries. We at Southwest Rural Electric decided we wanted in on the gratitude, as our cooperative was largely founded by ag producers and to a large extent remains owned by them today.
While there are many organizations, businesses and individuals to celebrate on National Ag Day, we turned our attention to the future—The Future Farmers of America, to be exact. Although FFA originally stood for Future Farmers of America, it is now simply known as the National FFA Organization.
According to the National FFA Organization’s website, the FFA’s mission is to “make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.”
The Navajo High School FFA accurately demonstrates this mission through many of their community activities, including a children’s stock show, leadership camps and speech competitions.
Several of the students interviewed said they had joined FFA out of family tradition or because they had an interest in showing animals, however, they all agreed that the organization itself was worth so much more than that.
“I would say FFA teaches us to take initiative in things like food drives and coat drives. It sets the bar high for our school and community and for giving back to the community.” FFA Treasurer, Jaden Lingle, said.
FFA President, Karlee McCombs, stated, “It’s taught me to be a leader, it’s showed me not to be afraid in situations because we’ve gone to multiple camps and it has showed me that you can make friends wherever you go, you don’t have to be afraid, you don’t have to be shy, you just have to get up and be yourself.”
The students spared no detail when they explained the importance of agriculture. Put simply, without it we would all be naked and hungry. For that reason and many others, the Navajo FFA officers wanted to share a message with all of the farmers and ag businesses: “Thank You.”