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Tilden FFA Chapter attends first ‘Texas FFA Day’ at Capitol
by Rita Arnst
May 12, 2010 | 898 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tilden FFA members are pictured on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives. Starting at left, going backwards counter-clockwise: Courtney Sowell, Mamie Shelton, Kyle Duby, Brandon Patterson, Allie Donnell and Hillary Gillin.
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Tilden FFA Chapter members Courtney Sowell, Mamie Shelton, Kyle Duby, Brandon Patterson, Allie Donnell and Hillary Gillin recently and their adviser, Jim Harris, attended the first annual Agricultural Education and “Texas FFA Day” at the Capitol in Austin.

The event was hosted by the Texas FFA Association, the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas and the Texas FFA Foundation.

The Tilden FFA was one of more than 60 chapters that comprised more than 500 FFA members and advisers across Texas who participated in the event in order to learn more about the legislative process, specifically addressing agriculture and agricultural education through workshops and presentations conducted by key public leaders in Texas.

During the first general session, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples and Deputy Secretary of State Coby Shorter III, both past Texas FFA officers, spoke to the group in the Texas House Chamber. Students also participated in workshops that described the roles of legislators, executive offices, lobbyists and responsible citizens.

The event concluded in the Texas House Chamber with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Texas House Speaker Pete Laney speaking to the students about their respective roles in public service and backgrounds in agriculture. Both Dewhurst and Laney answered student questions and expressed the need for bright young people in public service.

The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA associations with more than 72,000 members and more than 1,000 FFA chapters. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Texas FFA Association visit www.texasffa.org.

In Texas, there are an estimated 1,600 agricultural science and technology teachers impacting approximately 100,000 students enrolled in agricultural education classes at the secondary level. The Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas has its headquarters in Austin and aims to improve agriculture by teaching.
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