Guest column: Sequim High School celebrating 2024 National FFA Week

The Sequim High School FFA will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 17-24. This National FFA Week embraces more than 96 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future.

More than 850,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state, and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

In 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday was officially designated as a national week. Known as National FFA Week, it spans from Saturday to Saturday and serves as a platform for FFA members to educate the public about agriculture.

This significant week aims to promote the FFA, an integral part of the agricultural sciences teaching program in schools, with the goal of fostering students’ interest in agriculture. The National FFA strives to enlighten students about the multifaceted nature of agriculture, extending beyond mere planting and harvesting, through supervised agriculture experiences.

Throughout the week, chapters engage in a diverse range of initiatives aimed at educating their schools and communities about FFA and agricultural education. This serves as an opportunity for FFA members to impart knowledge about agriculture to their peers and the wider community.

In observance of National FFA Week, Sequim FFA will actively partake in the following endeavors: organizing a coloring contest for elementary school students and fostering school spirit through designated theme days.

FFA week promotion is important because it guarantees that the United States has a growing number of food production experts to help feed the population. To meet the demands of an expanding population, more and more people are needed to acquire expertise in these jobs.

Today, FFA provides the next generation of leaders who will change the world. As the top school-based youth leadership development organization in the nation, FFA helps young people meet new agricultural challenges by developing their unique talents and exploring their interests in a broad range of career pathways.

FFA members are our future leaders, our future food suppliers, our future innovators and more!

Teacher William McFarlen is the Sequim High School FFA advisor.