On Tuesday, March 12, students from the Athens FFA Chapter were given the opportunity to meet with Rep. Tina Pickett, Sen. Gene Yaw and Secretary of Agriculture George Greig to speak with them about agriculture and the FFA at the 2013 State Legislative Leadership Conference breakfast. Also at the breakfast, students from the Canton FFA Chapter were given the opportunity to meet with Yaw and Rep. Matt Baker to speak with them about agriculture and the FFA.
The State Legislative Leadership Conference is a three-day event where FFA members get to see how a bill becomes a law. Members are divided into the House and Senate, and debate bills that are currently passing through Pennsylvania’s legislature. They work together to finalize ideas that they believe best represent the ideas of the organization.
Members also have the opportunity to volunteer at 22 different locations around the Harrisburg area, and help inspire change in the community. The Pennsylvania FFA is very focused on community service, as delegates at the state convention have asked that a community service component be included at all state level conferences and conventions.
This conference comes to a close at the legislative breakfast held in Harrisburg, where Pennsylvania’s legislators come to meet with FFA members from across the Commonwealth. Also in attendance were Gov. Tom Corbett and Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis.
None of this would be possible without the help of Pennsylvania FFA’s partners. Thank-you to Ag Choice Farm Credit, Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, and Columbia Gas for once again supporting this conference. Also, thank you to Seneca Resources, Fulton Bank Ag Services, PA Farm Bureau and Penn Ag Industries for partnering with the Pennsylvania FFA for this conference for the first time.
For more information on the Athens FFA Chapter, please contact David Steinfelt at dsteinfelt@athensasd.org.
For more information on the Canton FFA Chapter, please contact Tom Hojnowski at thojnowski@canton.k12.pa.us.