Photo: Hope Cahill with NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.
Hope Cahill of Tinton Falls, New Jersey State FFA President, addressed the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention on February 10, 2016 as the NJ FFA Youth Speaker. During her speech, she highlighted food insecurity in New Jersey – an issue the NJ State FFA Association has been focusing on this year. She said local FFA chapters have participated in Farmers Against Hunger gleanings, donated food, or volunteered at a food bank, food pantry or soup kitchen. She urged people to volunteer with an FFA chapter to create or continue a service project that helps fight hunger.
“Last year, over 8,000 FFA members partnered with over 7,000 community members to volunteer a combined 129,961 hours in their communities for hunger related projects,” said Cahill. “We can
grow this number and decrease the number of hungry people in our communities.”
Cahill also urged the agricultural leaders of the state to support the next generation of agriculturalists by supporting FFA Chapters and advocating for agricultural education programs in all school districts.
Cahill hopes to start an aquaponics farm in the future or possibly become an agricultural education teacher.