National FFA Week declared in Harlan Co.

Published 10:36 am Friday, February 15, 2019

Harlan County High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) and agriculture students are leading efforts to promote the importance of their program during National FFA Week, Feb. 18-22.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley joined the students for a special meeting of the HCHS FFA chapter on Tuesday and signed a declaration proclaiming the FFA week in Harlan County.

Mosley noted in his remarks and proclamation the many benefits of the programs.

He said FFA and agriculture provide a strong foundation for the youth of America and the future of food, fiber and natural resource systems.

Mosley said FFA promotes “premier leadership, personal growth and career success among members.”

In addition, FFA promotes citizenship, volunteerism, patriotism and cooperation for its members, he said.

Mosley said FFA and agricultural education ensure a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands in the science, business and technology of agriculture.

HCHS FFA Chapter President Austin Caudill told the audience that for many years, the National FFA Organization has hosted National FFA Week on the week of George Washington’s birthday.

“It is a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day in all 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” he said.

Caudill noted the National FFA organization is the largest student-led organization in the country and is the only student organization to hold a charter from the federal government.

“Our organization is extremely special, and National FFA Week is a time to reflect and celebrate these accomplishments,” he said. “Agricultural education and the FFA have made very large strides in Harlan County. Our department and our FFA chapter have become very prevalent in our community.”

Among those taking part in the ceremonial signing of the proclamation were Harlan County Farm Bureau board member Dustin Miniard, Harlan County Farm Bureau board secretary Nathan Boggs, Harlan County Schools Superintendent Brent Roark, FFA sponsor and HCHS agriculture teacher Joseph Dempsey and the chapter’s officers.