Every year in February, the agricultural family celebrates National FFA Week. Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers tells us more about FFA in South Carolina:
- FFA is premier leadership development youth organization with over 7,500 members from 110 chapters from across SC
- Students study agricultural curriculum from forestry and natural resources, agriculture mechanics, horticulture, animal science, biosystems technology and aquaculture just to name a few.
- Students take the classroom skills and put them to work in their Supervised Agriculture Experience, or SAE. SAEs allow students to apply their knowledge while learning the importance of good record keeping.
- South Carolina agricultural education is attracting more non-traditional students such as those from suburban areas. They may have no agricultural background, but they are finding their niche in agriculture classes.
- FFA Week has been celebrated during the week of George Washington’s Birthday since 1948
- During the week, members participate in leadership building activities like Ag Olympics, tractor parades and serving breakfast to the staff at their schools
- This week, nearly 1000 FFA members from around the state descend on the state house grounds for Legislative Appreciation Day
- At Wade Hampton we have visits from several chapters—including the state officers and Seneca’s Chapter.
- It’s certainly an impressive site to see all the students in their “National Blue” corduroy jackets covering the steps of the State House.
- These visits are a great reminder to our legislators one of the keymissions of the SCDA: create new opportunities for this industry in the future and to support the younger generation of farmers.
Commissioner Hugh Weathers: National FFA Week in South Carolina