It’s national Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week – a great time to share information about the organization and the impact it makes on the lives of its young leaders.
While FFA is a student organization for those interested in agriculture, it’s not just for those who want a career in farming. It also welcomes members who aspire to be business owners, teachers, doctors, scientists and engineers – people like Isaac Welborn who is a FieldNET Product Specialist at Lindsay Corporation.
A graduate of West Holt High School in Atkinson, Nebraska, Welborn was a member of FFA for four years. We asked him about his experience with the organization and the life lessons he learned through his participation.
What kinds of activities did you participate in?
I participated in Range and Livestock Judging, Parliamentary Procedure, Nursery and Landscape, Natural Environmental Resources and Fruit Sales.
What did you enjoy most about being involved in FFA?
I enjoyed learning about agriculture, getting involved in the community and hanging out with like-minded peers.
What life lessons did you learn as a member of FFA?
I learned public speaking and government procedures with parliamentary procedure. I also learned valuable business skills with fruit sales.
How did FFA prepare you for your career?
FFA introduced me to agriculture. Through FFA, I volunteered to work for a farmer, who taught me about irrigation pivots and implement equipment. That knowledge stayed with me through college while I worked on a degree in agriculture and even now as I pursue a career at Lindsay Corporation.
What would you tell young people who are considering joining FFA?
Through FFA, you will build lifelong connections and become informed and educated on the culture of rural America. I was fortunate enough to become a state champion in the Nursery/Landscaping competition. From there I was able to compete nationally in Indianapolis, Indiana. FFA will open up new opportunities and experiences that you would never think to experience in high school.
For more information about FFA, the week’s activities and membership opportunities, visit www.FFA.org