FFA stu­dents head to capi­tol

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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.

Sub­mit­ted photo | The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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