By Ron Rosati
Dean, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
This is National FFA Week! Congratulations to all FFA members, their families, alumni, and sponsors.
“Each year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The week-long tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Now, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses Feb. 22, Washington’s birthday.” – from www.ffa.org.
The 2015 theme for National FFA Week is “Go All Out!” While 7,100 members from 157 high school FFA chapters around Nebraska are honoring their students, alumni and agricultural partners, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture is also participating in “Go All Out!” activities this week.
The NCTA Collegiate FFA Chapter is hosting a breakfast on Wednesday morning for our students and faculty, FFA members and those in agriculture production systems. Special guests are the NCTA students-FFA members who have been recipients of the State Farmer Degree or American Farmer Degree. Then, that evening, all NCTA students can help FFA celebrate with a free movie night at the Education Center.
We are fortunate to have 25 students participate in our Collegiate FFA Chapter. They represent all facets of NCTA programs – not just agronomy or livestock. NCTA FFA officers are President Liz Reimers, vet tech student from Boelus; Vice President Evey Choat, ag ed major from St. Edward; and Secretary-Treasurer Ashley Lawton, vet tech major from Aurora.
nd, several have earned the highest level of FFA award, the American Farmer Degree. Dr. Douglas Smith, FFA advisor and head of NCTA’s agricultural education program, says these students are the foundation of our future agricultural instructors.
or example, Choat is completing her first half of a 2+2 program in agricultural education here at NCTA. This fall, she will transfer to UNL to complete her final two years, which includes student teaching.
Dr. Smith emphasizes that FFA students are here to serve the community and campus. They are always looking for community service activities to do, and ways to support agricultural education in youth programs.
I want to thank our regional FFA chapters and advisors for their great work in supporting NCTA students and programs. Congratulations to Medicine Valley, Maywood and Eustis-Farnam FFA Chapters, and all Nebraska FFA members, advisor and alumni!
Our campus is your campus. Come for a visit and stop by my office on Second Floor of Ag Hall, or call 1-800-3CURTIS or visit the web site at ncta.unl.edu.
Ron Rosati serves as Dean at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture located in Curtis.