The National FFA Organizaton issued this Press Release:
“The Yelm FFA Chapter of Yelm, Wash., was named Model of Innovation winner in community development at the 83rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
The nations top 10 three-star gold chapters in the community development division competed for the award. Yelm FFA received a plaque in an onstage ceremony during the conventions second general session on Thursday, Oct. 21. Top chapters were also selected from the middle school, chapter and student development divisions.
Members of Yelm FFA helped more than 500 kids catch and process more than 800 fish at the Trout Ponds. Along with Trout Unlimited and Moose Lodge, the members educated the junior fisherman on the states two-fish limit and encouraged participants to continue recreational fishing. Additionally, the chapter executed a campaign entitled Project Tornado: Destroying Bad Driving Habits. As a result of the public awareness campaign, DUI violations dropped 39.78 percent in Yelm and area police officers stopped 60 percent less vehicles for passengers not wearing seatbelts.”
“‘Future Farmers of America’ was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.
So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.”