POINT PLEASANT — Students of the Mason County Vocational FFA (Future Farmers of America) Chapter explained what the FFA program is all about during this month’s Mason County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Students of the FFA Officer Team Brianna Haga, president, Miranda Payne, vice president, Haley Pierson, secretary, and Caroline Click, reporter, lead the presentation and pro-start culinary students prepared and served the meal.
Haga, Payne, Pierson, and Click first discussed the official dress of FFA members which is for males a white shirt with a collar, black dress pants, a blue, black, or FFA tie, black nylon socks, black shoes, and a FFA jacket and for females a white shirt with a collar, FFA scarf, black skirt, black panty hose, black dress shoes (flats or heels), and a FFA jacket.
In order to be member of FFA, it is mandatory for a student to take an agricultural education class such as Ag Explore, which is offered in eighth grade, Introduction to Agriculture, Ag II – Science of Agriculture which separates into three branches including Ag Power and Structure, Ag Business, and Plant Systems.
FFA students must also have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) which is recorded in the student’s record book. The group explained a SAE can range from mowing lawns for a profit, raising animals or crops, or having one’s own small business. As long as the activity can be recorded, it is can be a SAE. Mitch Meadows, Mason County Career Center (MCCC) instructor, added the SAE’s the FFA students complete count as a school credit. In order for a student to be a completer of the FFA program, they need four credits.
The FFA students stay busy throughout the year with several activities ranging from attending FFA events to helping out during community events. Some events FFA students can be seen attending and/or participating in is the cleanup for the Mason County Fair, the Mason County Fair, Fall FFA Chapter Tailgate, Fall Leadership Conference, Farm to School Luncheon, Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving and Christmas event, FFA Week events, Youth Expo, D.A.R.E. Graduation, and the Chapter Banquet.
These students also have the opportunity to participate in several contests such as tractor driving, livestock judging, poultry judging, vet science, agricultural mechanics, horse judging, land judging, and food science to name a few.
The group explained there are between 70-80 members in their Mason County Vocational FFA Chapter.
In addition, Meadows invited chamber members and guests at the luncheon to become a part of an advisory committee at the MCCC.
Chamber Member Scarlett Enos reminded fellow members and guests of the upcoming Sugar Plum Stroll on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. on Main Street in Point Pleasant. She encouraged the purchase of a VIP ticket, which are still available. The money raised from these tickets will be in support of projects the Main Street Merchants would like to do within the city such as purchasing and putting permanent lights on the trees downtown as well as increased support for Krodel Park’s Christmas Fantasy Light Show.
Also, Chamber President Leigh Ann Shepard reminded those in attendance of the pre-Christmas shopping event Jingle, Mingle, and Shop being held on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Mason County Board of Education building and of the chamber’s Christmas Social which is set for Thursday, Dec. 6 at the West Virginia State Farm Museum.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.