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A salute to FFA
for hard work
FFA makes a difference in the lives of our young people. I have long been a proponent of FFA for that very reason. Currently, I serve as a trustee for the Kentucky FFA Foundation and am proud to do so. Not only does FFA prepare young people for lifelong careers and arm them with information to make good choices on a global level, but also it helps them to develop as leaders.
The FFA members and their advisors/teachers heed the national motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve. They take it very seriously and abide by each word.
I have a great deal of respect for the dedication and hard work these young people put forth. They strive to be the best as individuals and as an organization. They train to be the leaders of tomorrow, while serving as youth leaders of today. Not only are they learning and preparing for their futures, but also many are putting that knowledge, their skills and their training to work right now.
Countless agriculture students/FFA members raise crops, dairy and beef cattle and horses, and do one or multiple other agriculture-related jobs or activities. Much of their spare time is consumed by their work and by preparation for competitions of skills and knowledge — where they always give their best effort.
As a young man, I was a West Hardin High School FFA member and gained valuable insight into agriculture, its careers and its people. I am also proud that all three of our daughters have been active FFA members at Central Hardin High School.
The organization has evolved over the years to stay in touch with our changing world. Our young people today understand that agriculture is influenced not just by the needs of the community, the state or even the nation. They realize that today’s world – and that includes agriculture – has worldwide impact and is impacted by the world.
This week, Feb. 19-26, is National FFA Week – a tradition started in 1947. The week always includes George Washington’s birthday. During this national week, these young people across the nation are celebrating the future farmers, scientists, business leaders and teachers who will, according to the National FFA, “someday lead the worldwide effort to provide safe and affordable food to all.” This year’s emphasis is on feeding a much larger population, because, according to the National FFA, “In the next 50 years, we’ll need to produce 100 percent more food than we do today, in order to feed a much larger world population.”
I salute the FFA members across the 10th district, our commonwealth, the nation and the world for their dedication to the future and for their future success.
State Sen. Dennis Parret