Despite being late on the FFA Week recognition, FFA is still important. It’s important every day, all day. Wanna’ argue about it? I don’t either. So let’s come to a mutual agreement that because of FFA, middle school, high school and college students all over the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are able to educate youth in agricultural fields of study. Because of FFA, formally known as Future Farmers of America, youth are able to learn outside, literally and physically, of what and where their experience may be. The FFA Organization is home to 540,369 members, aged 12-21, in 7,489 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. If your school doesn’t offer an FFA program and maybe won’t in the near future, there are many opportunities to be involved with another schools’ organizations even though you don’t have an affiliation. If you have more questions, you can visit the FFA website (www.ffa.org), or contact your school principal. So what does my rant lead up to? A black tie event. You read that right, farm boys in black ties. I hope you enjoy the article!
“ANKENY — The Iowa FFA Foundation will host its inaugural Black Ties, Blue Jackets Gala at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny Feb. 21, in honor of National FFA Week.
This event aims to bring together supporters of Iowa FFA and ag education, emceed by Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Laurie Johns, Iowa Farm Bureau Communications Director, according to a news release.
The evening will consist of a dinner, a dessert auction, speakers and live music. Live and silent auctions will be conducted throughout the night.
All proceeds raised will go toward supporting events facilitated by the Iowa FFA Foundation. These include agricultural education and career development events.
Tickets can be purchased on the Iowa FFA Foundation website, http://www.iowaffafoundation.org/blacktiesbluejackets2015.aspx.
For information about becoming a sponsor or donating to the auction, contact the Iowa FFA Foundation at 515-965-7374.
The gala is presented by Nationwide Agribusiness.”