What is National FFA Week?
Before George Washington, the first president of this United States of America, was to lead our nation, he was to become an accomplished farmer. People trusted him because of his hard work and dedication to his agricultural pursuits.
In 1947, our nation’s flag sported 35 more stars than the original one. In this year, the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted. The first Polaroid camera was invented, and it was in this April that Jackie Robinson started first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. Among all of the year’s accomplishments, the National FFA board of directors met and designated a full week, encompassing Washington’s birthday, to advocating agriculture and the FFA organization.
This is National FFA Week. It was established to recognize the great legacy that Washington left as an agriculturalist and farmer and as a great leader. Chapters from the state of Alaska to Puerto Rico use this week as an opportunity to share the great impact that FFA has on its members at local, state and national levels.
Our community revolves largely around agriculture. We can see it during the spring as students skip school days to help their families calf. In the summer, kids spend long days up in tractor cabs and early mornings waking up before the sun is out to haul down to a neighbor’s branding. When fall rolls around, there are shippings and dockings and last harvests. In winter there is feeding to be done, ice to be chopped and stock that needs to be taken care of. It’s taught by parents that these responsibilities come first. It’s important that chores are done, and done well, before anything extra.
This kind of life takes hard work and dedication and loyalty, day in and day out. It’s about not quitting until the job is finished.
These lessons that people learn from working on a farm or ranch cannot be taught in a classroom. However, the ideals that are grown while working outside are the same ideals that agriculture education and the Buffalo FFA chapter work to promote and instill within students and members. FFA emphasizes the characteristics of dedication, selflessness and leadership.
As our chapter is growing, so are the individuals who comprise it. We are proud to have many members contributing to successful and competitive teams and to have a large group of underclassmen who are starting to follow in the footsteps of hard-working members who have come before them.
We have 13 seniors graduating this year; many will be running for state offices in a few months and stay within the organization, while others are going to continue their career as agriculturalists and work in the surrounding area. The Buffalo FFA would like to thank all our supporters for helping us grow, learn and achieve.