Blue Jackets filled the atrium outside the Governor’s office as both Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann praised the FFA for its contribution to Indiana agriculture and to communities. The occasion was the kickoff celebration of National FFA Week, February 16-23, 2013. The Governor and Lt. Governor met for a brief meeting and photo opportunity with the Indiana FFA Officers, and the Governor read the official state proclamation. “We are so proud of the work that FFA does and the commitment that you have show as part of that organization,” said Ellspermann. The Governor added, “The commitment that each of you have made to be leaders in FFA, to be leaders in Indiana, is going to pay a harvest of good things in your life and a harvest of leadership opportunity for the people of the state of Indiana.”
After the ceremony, Governor Pence told HAT he was personally very pleased to see so many FFA members at the Statehouse, “These are not just leaders in agriculture in Indiana but future leaders of Indiana. To welcome these young people here and to celebrate the contribution they are making to their lives, their communities, and the life of our state is a real privilege of this Governor.”
Over 100 of those in attendance were participating in the FFA page program, which paired FFA members with state lawmakers for the day to observe the legislative process and see the inner working of the General Assembly. Ironically, a major piece of ag legislation was passed by the House on Monday afternoon, a bill to place reduce property tax assessments on farmland.
Additional FFA activities this week include The Molly Gibson Memorial Breakfast at Franklin Community High School, the Westview FFA Blood Drive, Triton Central Salvation Army Day, and the Caston FFA Community Hog Roast. With an emphasis on serving and fellowship, many FFA chapters participate in local community activities.
The Indiana FFA Week Proclamation reads as follows:
Whereas, FFA and agricultural education provide a strong foundation for the youth of America and the future of the food, fiber and natural resources systems: and
Whereas, FFA promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success among its members; and
Whereas, agricultural education and FFA ensure a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands in the science, business and technology of agriculture; and
Whereas, the FFA motto – “learning to do, doing to learn, earning a to live, living to serve” – gives direction of purpose to these students who take an active roles in succeeding in agricultural education; and
Whereas, FFA promotes citizenship, volunteerism, patriotism and cooperation.
Therefore, I, Michael Richard Pence, Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby designate February 16 – 23, 2013 as FFA Week in the state of Indiana and invite all citizens to duly note this occasion.
National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhart as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA and supports programs by working with sponsors to raise funds for scholarships that are awarded to outstanding members.