FFA students head to capitol
The Newton County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee sponsored a trip for high school senior FFA members at the Georgia Capitol on March 10. Several FFA Chapters participated, including chapters from Alcovy High School, Eastside High School, and Newton College and Career Academy.
The students had the opportunity to meet with state legislators and officials during their time at the Capitol. Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, spoke with the students about the importance of registering to vote and making their voice heard. Students also had the opportunity to meet with Representative Sam Watson (R-Dist. 172) and Representative Dave Belton (R- Dist. 112). Both Representatives, Watson and Belton, spoke on the value of agriculture and advocating for agriculture at the Capitol.
Students had the opportunity to visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture to speak with Commissioner Gary Black and Director of Marketing Jack Spruill. Spruill spoke with the students about the importance of agriculture, as well as the endless job opportunities available in the industry. Commissioner Black spoke to the students about the role of the Department of Agriculture, as well as commended the students for devoting their time to the FFA organization. He spoke about his time as an FFA member, and the importance the or- ganization has in preparing students to be a part of the future of agriculture.
The trip to the Capitol was an excellent opportunity for the high school students to see the countless oppor- tunities available to them outside of the farm, as well as to see the important role that our state legislators and officials play in advocating for agriculture at the state level. Chaperones for the trip included Newton County Young Farmer Committee chairman BJ Marks and member Earnest Nichols, Newton County Farm Bureau Office Manager, Anna Glover, Alcovy High School Ag Teacher Cecily Bullock, Newton College and Career Academy Ag Teacher Erica Frost, Newton County Extension Coordinator Ted Wynne, Jr. and 4-H Program Assistant Kim Lawrence.
Pictured, left to right, are: Drew Fincher, Kayla Stone, YF Chairman BJ Marks, Katie Barton, Blakely Dimsdale, Natalie Brooks, DJ Dobbs, Naomi Reese-Colbert, Mary White and Anthony McHenry.