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FFA a tradition in Addsion County

This year, National FFAWeek runs Feb. 19-26. The FFA or Future Farmers of America tradition in Vermont goes back to the mid 1900s. It remains a strong force in both local agriculture and career-oriented education. FFA is in sharp focus year-round at the Hannaford Career Center inMiddlebury as it is elsewhere. Students receive training in farm management, husbandry, crops-even maple sugaring is part of the academic mix.

FFA Week gives members here in Addison County a chance to educate the public about agriculture.

During the week, local chapters will host teacher-appreciation breakfasts, conduct Ag Olympics competitions, speak to the public about agriculture, volunteer for community service projects and more.

The week of George Washington's birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting.

In the age of social networking FFA visibility is everywhere. Locally, Hannaford FFA members share their activity ideas and stories by posting videos, pictures and comments on Facebook, Twitter, FFA Nation, SchoolTube.com.

"In order to feed a growing population our organization must do more," said Riley Pagett of FFA. "FFA members have Infinite Potential and have potential to do great things even beyond their FFA careers."

The week of George Washington's birthday was designated by the organization as National FFA Week in 1947.

"George Washington made a lot of contributions to agriculture and the development of the United States," according to Landan Schaffert. "He had a very diligent work ethic, an honest character and also was very good at record keeping. Those are all things that we hope for our members to accomplish in FFA."

During the week, local officers will meet with state legislators and leaders of Vermont's agriculture industry. Individual chapters initiate events throughout the week to promote FFA and agriculture in classrooms and communities countywide. Events include community service projects, educational lessons for elementary students and promotional programs for students, teachers, and alumni.

National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and Carhartt as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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