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Back to normal for Pennsylvania FFA

Young Farmer Podcast: Abby O’Neill and Nina Coolidge talk about their upcoming year on the state officer team.

Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturist

September 15, 2021

After a year of being virtual, the Pennsylvania State FFA officer team is on the road visiting schools and attending events as they advocate for the industry.

Seven new members of the team were elected earlier this summer:

  • Abby O’Neill, president, Grassland FFA

  • Greg Gipe, vice president, Mason Dixon FFA

  • Nina Coolidge, secretary, Grand Canyon FFA

  • Molly Cessna, treasurer, Bedford CTC FFA

  • Trevor Maxwell, reporter, McGuffey FFA

  • Ravyn Bashore, sentinel, Northern Lebanon FFA

  • Jordan Anderson, chaplain, Penns Valley

The team recently visited Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, and two of the members — Abby O’Neill and Nina Coolidge — talked about the team’s plans for the year and their plans for the future.

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About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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