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Hundreds of Texas FFA Members Attend Day at the Capitol    
Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Author: Texas FFA News

More than 700 Texas FFA members took “Learning to Do” one step further by attending the 11th Annual Agricultural Science Education and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol. On February 25th and 27th, students had the opportunity to visit the state capitol in Austin to learn about the legislative process and how it relates to agriculture.

Attendees witnessed state government in action and heard directly from those responsible for making changes in the state legislature, including Representative Brad Buckley, Representative Gary VanDeaver and Representative Trent Ashby.

“This event is a great way to learn about the many opportunities for young agriculturists to get involved within our government,” said Faith Geistweidt, Fredericksburg FFA. “There are endless possibilities for me to have a voice in policy making at a young age.”

Members had the opportunity to learn about leadership, civic engagement and empowerment during an interactive tour of the State Capitol.

“It is crucial that students of all ages keep up with our political system and continue to make it known that everybody has a voice on the important issues being debated in our country,” said Octavian Roman, Gholson FFA

Texas FFA Day at the Capitol has taken place annually since 2010. This experience provides agriculture students with insight on how the daily activities in the capitol impact their everyday lives as citizens, students and Texas FFA members. 

“Hearing from legislative analysts, lobbyists and representatives who all have an FFA background allowed me to see the opportunities that we have through the organization,” said Emilee Sanderson, Blackwell FFA.  “Seeing the different avenues that are available was eye-opening.”

Additionally, this event provides students a platform to advocate for continued support of agriculture and agricultural education.

“As young agriculturists, it is important for FFA members to be active in government relations and policy to ensure sustainability in production agriculture and our food supply for many generations,” said Geistweidt.

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