New York FFA Members Meet with State Legislators
Created: Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:57
On Monday, March 2, 2015, 36 New York FFA members, and their teachers met with their state legislators to discuss agricultural education, and the future of agriculture. Students from Canton, Carthage, Cazenovia, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Greenwich, South Jefferson, Tully, and Vernon Verona Sherrill high schools traveled to Albany not only to meet with lawmakers, but also to network with the state FFA officers and like-minded students involved in their high school’s agricultural education program.
"FFA members from across New York practiced confidence, professionalism and delivered effective messages during their day in Albany,” said Juleah Tolosky, Executive Secretary of New York FFA. “They identified that the story of rural New York matters and recognized that legislators from throughout New York truly care about engaging young people in farming and food production."
Prior to their visit, students worked with their teacher to organize a meeting with their respective State Assembly representative and State Senator. During those meetings in the Legislative Office Building, students learned about the legislative process, and shared their experiences and stories of FFA, agricultural education, and agriculture.
“Even though we live relatively close to Albany, students don't have a chance to visit the inner workings of the legislature and tour the capitol buildings,” said Deborah Fletcher, agriculture teacher at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. “Through the Sunday night leadership training about how to present themselves and personalize their FFA stories, to the meetings they had with Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez, I was proud of the way my students advocated for the continued support of FFA and agriculture education.”
FFA members were also able to participate in the New York Farm Bureau’s annual Taste of New York Reception and Issues Forum. There students interfaced with agriculturally based businesses, industry representatives, lawmakers, colleges and universities with agriculture programs, and many others.
The New York FFA Association is a youth organization that provides premiere leadership, personal growth and career success opportunities to students enrolled in agricultural education. It is a part of the National FFA Organization which boasts more than a half million members nationally. New York agricultural education is found in public, private, and BOCES schools throughout the state, offering instruction in courses ranging from small animal care to farm business management, and from pre-veterinary science to natural resources management.
New York FFA Annual Report
Created: Monday, 23 February 2015 12:45
New FFA Jacket and Leadership Applications Online
Created: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:14
Updated applications for the FFA Jacket Award, and Nominating Committe are now available!
Farm Bureau Student Membership FREE to FFA Members
Created: Monday, 26 January 2015 12:49
New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural lobbying organization, is very excited to partner with FFA to provide complimentary NYFB Student Memberships for high school juniors and seniors who are FFA members.
NYFB recognizes that the future of the agricultural industry in New York is dependent upon engaging youth who are interested in pursuing agricultural careers. NYFB wants to provide these youth the opportunity to be involved in supporting the agricultural industry by being a NYFB Student Member. New York Farm Bureau has a Young Farmers & Ranchers Program which develops leadership skills while providing educational, social, and community service opportunities.
This opportunity is for FFA members who are high school juniors and seniors, and are at least 16 years old. To join, visit www.nyfb.org/membership.
Student members will receive a NYFB Membership card, a monthly copy of the NYFB newspaper “Grassroots” and information by email related to young farmer activities and the Agricultural Youth Scholarship Program.
New York Farm Bureau looks forward to continuing our partnership with FFA and together we can keep agriculture the #1 industry in New York.
212/360 Conference a Success!
Created: Monday, 26 January 2015 12:27
More than 550 middle and high school students from around New York state, gathered at the Embassy Suites hotel in Syracuse from January 24 – 25, 2015, for an intensive leadership conference.
The conference, 212°/360°, hosted by the New York FFA Association, provided students in middle and high school agricultural programs with the opportunity to network and collaborate with like-minded students. Agricultural educators also attended professional development workshops and training.
Each January, student FFA members attend the conference that focuses upon developing student understanding that they were made for excellence, not mediocrity. The conference utilizes interactive workshops that provide opportunities to discover talents, skills, and a will to succeed.
“Parents want the best for their children and our FFA members find the best personal growth opportunities at conferences like these,” said Juleah Tolosky, NYS FFA Executive Secretary. “Even while times are tough, there is a clear demand for high quality, challenging programs that demand the best of our teenagers. I believe our FFA members are better prepared to overcome the challenges of the real world because of opportunities like the 212°/360° conferences.”
The January conference not only found students participating in conferences. While their students are engaged in character and teamwork instruction, their teachers were involved in hands-on learning activities they can use to bring proactive agricultural education into their agriculture classrooms. Agriculture is a diverse and growing field. With the global need to double food production by the year 2050 on less land than ever before, agricultural educators help students engage in an industry with guaranteed career growth and significant social power. In New York, more than 100 schools offer students opportunities to get a jump-start on career success through high school agriculture classes.
212° – the temperature at which water boils – will focus on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. This conference focuses on student development, and students will be challenged to push the limits. 360° takes students full circle in chapter leadership development. The conference will cover every angle for developing action plans for their chapters, and focuses on chapter development.
The New York FFA Association is a youth organization that provides premiere leadership, personal growth and career success opportunities to students enrolled in agricultural education. It is a part of the National FFA Organization which boasts over a half of a million members nationally. New York agricultural education is found in public, private, and BOCES schools throughout the state, offering instruction in courses ranging from small animal care to farm business management and from pre-veterinary science to natural resources management.