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Georgia FFA, CAES Work Together to Promote Agriculture to Students

With more than 41,000 members, Georgia FFA is the third-largest state association of the National FFA Organization. The state office is housed on UGA’s Athens Campus in the poultry science building.

Although Georgia FFA staff are not employed by the university, the partnership has proved to be invaluable for both organizations, according to Ben Lastly, executive secretary of Georgia FFA. The two organizations work together to promote agriculture and leadership to interested middle and high school students.

Through the Agricultural Education Career Development Event, now in its third year, high school students are introduced to being an agriculture teacher. Students prepare original lesson plans, teach and take an agricultural education exam.

Also, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC), along with Georgia FFA, will host the Agriculture Education Institute during summer 2017. The weeklong camp will allow rising high school seniors to spend time on UGA campus and learn more about agricultural education through various workshops.

“As students begin to think about college, we want them to focus on what kind of impact they can have,” ALEC Assistant Professor Eric Rubenstein said.

By April Bailey