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Governor establishes FFA Week

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 11:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 12:29 p.m. CDT

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32nd Annual Legislative Symposium & FFA Day at the Capitol: Tuesday, Jan. 31, FFA members from across Iowa converged on the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism, and patriotism. Over 350 high school students from over 50 schools wore blue corduroy and flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building. The students visited with legislators Amy Sinclair and Joel Fry to exhibit skills learned in the agriculture classroom and to learn the importance of citizenship. During the morning, FFA members heard from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Libby Crimmings of the World Food Prize addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues. The FFA members will listened to remarks from Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the legislative process. Gov. Branstad then signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring February 18-25, the week of President George Washington’s Birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The 32nd Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol was made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

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