Henrietta FFA attended the fifth annual Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol on Feb. 25, hosted by the Texas FFA Association and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas.
Henrietta was one of 51 chapters that comprised 415 FFA members and advisors from across Texas who participated in this event to learn more about the legislative process, specifically addressing agriculture and agricultural education through workshops and presentations conducted by key public leaders in Texas.
Members enjoyed keynote speeches from Mrs. Barbara Cargill, State Board of Education Chairman, Honorable Tracy O. King, House Agriculture and Livestock Committee Chairman and Honorable Larry Gonzalez, Texas House of Representatives, District 52. Students also participated in workshops facilitated by Chelsey Thomas of the Texas Association of Realtors, Zach Brady of Brady & Hamilton LLP, Bryan Daniel of the Texas Department of Agriculture and Bryan Berbert, general counsel for the Lt. Governor’s Officer. The workshop’s primary focus was on the roles of legislators, executive offices and lobbyists, as well as expressed the need for bright, young people in public service.
“Day at the Capitol is a great way for our state leaders to see the true impact of agricultural education and the FFA. It also affords our members the opportunity to see first-hand the legislative process, and how they can affect change in their own communities,” explained Texas FFA Leadership Development Coordinator Austin Large.
The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA Associations with more than 101,000 members and more than 1,000 FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA Association, visit www.texasffa.org.