Last month Donna Moenning, Minnesota FFA Foundation Chair, posted a question on the MN FFA Foundation Blog asking us what motivates us to support the FFA. I took a moment to think about how there could be so many different responses to this question. For most of you, your response would lead back to a very personal story about one of your own experiences with FFA. For me, it is a bit of a different response.
FFA For Everyone!
You see, when I was a student at Mayo High School in Rochester FFA was not available. Thankfully, FFA is back and going strong in Rochester. But for me and my siblings, the Ag Education curriculum had been cut from the Rochester Schools. Part of my responsibilities today as a recruiter for All American Co-op is to reach out to students and have a conversation with them about the future of agriculture and how important they are to the success of that future. I tell them that I am a bit of an FFA Stalker! I talk about how I used to feel a little cheated that I never got be a part of such a great organization that is centered on Agriculture. Growing up I loved to see that shine in my dad’s eye whenever he would talk about FFA. His roots were deeply embedded in production agriculture and that is where most of my learnings as his youngest daughter were founded. He would tell me stories about the meetings, shows, events, competitions, and of course the fairs that were all connected to his FFA Experience. So, when Donna asked what motivated ME to support FFA, it is a multi-level response that ultimately directs me back to the first line of the FFA Creed which reads, “I Believe in the future of agriculture, with faith born not of words, but of deeds…” Whenever I hear the FFA Creed being recited I look around the room and I see the pride that everyone has and I find myself standing a little taller. Hearing the FFA Creed sparks a fire inside of me that wants to find a way to ensure that every student has the opportunity to be a part of the FFA Experience.
I Dare You!
I guess what I am trying to say is, no matter how you give, your support is appreciated by a very large group of over 11,000 students, 300 Ag Education teachers, and over 3,000 FFA Alumni members across the great state of Minnesota that are all working to help make it possible for students to have the chance to experience FFA and carry that leadership training with them no matter where their future takes them. I guarantee you that FFA Students are the individuals that you will seek out. These are the individuals you will want to hire and you will want to work shoulder to shoulder with no matter the industry you are a part of. These students are our future leaders not only in Agriculture, but in Government, in Technology, in Medicine, in Research, in Entrepreneurship and Big Business.
If you are already a supporter of the FFA, then I dare you to tell your story of what motivates you to support FFA to your peers, your friends, and business associates and let your light spark something in each of them to motivate them to support FFA.
With gratitude and appreciation,
All American Co-op Marketing & Communications Director and Minnesota FFA Foundation Board Member