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FFA more than just farming


February 22, 2018

Courtesy Pine Bluffs FFA

Members of Pine Bluffs FFA Chapter. Left to right; Kayla Thurin, Alison Mickelson, JoDean Langlois Clayton Gross, Kenzie Graves, Karla DeLaCruz, and Justus Golding

When it comes to the importance of Agriculture, it's incredibly high, the reason being simple. We all need food if we want to stay alive. FFA focuses on that but has more defining qualities as well.

Craig Spatz of Burns High School said, "I think basically, because of my love for agriculture, I chose to become an FFA adviser. I grew up on a farm, I've been around it all of my life, and I especially believe in what it does for kids. You get to work with amazing kids, not only in the classroom but outside as well."

He went on to further say, "It makes kids leaders. We develop strong leaders, and teach kids public speaking. After 37 years of teaching, I still have kids coming to me and thanking me for teaching them how to become public speakers. Regardless of what they go into after high school, leadership will be a part of any career or job. It gets kids ready for just about anything." Spatz stated, "It's more than just 'cows, plows and sows.' It's a part of Ag today."

"In a nutshell, as a student in agriculture, I grew up realizing they were one and the same. You couldn't do one without the other," said Burn's FFA adviser, Craig Spatz.

Members of the Pine Bluffs FFA Chapter spoke up on their take of FFA. "It teaches us about how it's more than cows and plows. My family is rooted in Ag, and I think it will help me pursue what I want to go into later on in life. Brian Cox, our FFA adviser is like a second dad to me. He's a big inspiration," said Pine Bluffs Junior JoDean Langlois.

"The FFA advisors push the members in any chapter because they want to see everyone succeed. It's really opened my mind to the things that I can do and the options and possibilities that I have." Langlois went on to say.

With everything becoming so digital, it's a breath of fresh air to have kids who are still interested in learning about agriculture. 


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