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National FFA Week Celebrates the Gift of the Corduroy Blue
This week kicks off the 70th year of the celebration of National FFA Week and activities to promote and celebrate agriculture will take place throughout the week.
“FFA members aren’t just the future of agriculture, we are the now of agriculture,” says Erica Baier, National FFA secretary. “We as members can all come together as one under this blue jacket while also celebrating our individuality from our different backgrounds.”
Baier says the basis of the week is for members to advocate for agriculture and their beloved FFA chapters that have impacted them while giving back to their local communities. Baier will be traveling to the state of Virginia to network with educators, industry representatives, and many FFA members.
FFA members across the nation will be celebrating by hosting fund-raisers, working on projects, driving tractors, and proudly wearing their blue corduroy jacket to school.
“For me, when I wear this jacket, I’m home,” says Baier. “I’ve created an FFA family of friends, teachers, mentors, and industry people in which we all work to advocate for this great industry. Wearing the jacket, I know I can contribute to my place in the world to develop and maintain a sustainable food supply by empowering others to be successful.”
However, not every FFA member will have the opportunity to wear the blue corduroy. Of the record-breaking 653,359 members nationwide, almost half can’t afford the timeless garment. Baier says that’s what Give FFA Day is all about.
“Not only is the day-long campaign for students to raise funds for personal growth events such as Washington Leadership Conference, it also creates an opportunity for members to receive the empowering jacket,” says Baier.
On Tuesday, the organization is hosting its third annual Give FFA Day giving supporters and sponsors the opportunity to give to an organization growing tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. The money raised goes toward professional development events, scholarships, and of course getting every FFA member a life-changing jacket.
“The mission of the National FFA Organization is to create an equal opportunity for every member,” says Baier. “It becomes difficult for them to see their future, not just in FFA but agriculture as a whole. “The jacket empowers members to be leaders, know their worth, and lets them see they are needed for a successful agricultural future.”