Chances are if you're involved in agriculture and have a local FFA Chapter in your community or nearby, you may hear of special activities going on this week. Look for FFA jackets and FFA logos on shirts at church, delivering food to a food pantry, or see them on the road driving tractors or trucks to school.
If your local chapter is having an activity, consider joining in. If you don't know what your local chapter is doing and don't have a student currently in the program, consider contacting the local FFA adviser and finding out how you could get involved this week.
National FFA Week is held in February and always includes George Washington's Birthday. This year the FFA Week officially ends on his birthday, Saturday, Feb. 22.
The seven state FFA officers will be covering as much of the state as possible. Their goal is to visit ag classes and share the FFA story with both members and non-members. This is the one week of the year they usually travel alone so they can cover more territory. There are 12 FFA Districts in the state and they plan to be in each one, visiting as many school classrooms and chapter functions as possible.
Rebekah Frey, state northern region vice-president from Prairie Heights, a school literally straddling the LaGrange/Steuben County line, says she can't wait to meet students this week. She's also excited to see how various chapters choose to celebrate FFA Week.
Indiana is at its highest enrollment in FFA, over 10,000, in about 30 years. One of the biggest, if not the biggest, chapter by numbers is Beech Grove, a new chapter located on the south side of Indianapolis. Many urban residents are seeing the value in teaching students skills for ag careers, and cashing in on the benefits of FFA leadership training.
Say "hi" to any FFA members or advisers you know on their special week!