EWING, NJ - New Jersey State FFA chapters throughout the state will send representatives to The College of New Jersey on Thursday, February 22, to meet with state legislators and other decision makers as part of FFA Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day, an event held during FFA Week.
Also during FFA Week, NJDA Secretary Douglas Fisher will participate in the Jersey Fresh Cook Off at the Salem County Vo-Tech School between 9 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
FFA is a national youth organization that uses food, agriculture and natural resources education to develop students’ potential and help them discover their talent. There are more than 2,500 FFA members in 36 chapters in New Jersey.
The week of February 17-24 is FFA Week in New Jersey. State residents are to recognize the importance of the educational organization and the lifelong contributions of its members to agriculture and related fields and to our quality of life here in the Garden State.
Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a career fair, mix and mingle and continental breakfast in the lobby of the Brower Student Center, followed by a symposium at 10:30 a.m. where students will meet with Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, Monique Purcell; Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling; agriculture industry leaders; and education officials.
In the afternoon, the State FFA Officers will lead a series of workshops that will explore the 250 unique careers in agriculture; highlight how to build a resume; bring attention to the STEM in agriculture; and clarify the legislative process.,
Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Education and the FFA provide a strong foundation of leadership and career skills for the young people involved and ensure a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands in the science, business, education, and technology of agriculture.
For more information on New Jersey FFA, visit www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov.
FFA Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, February 22 in the lobby of the Brower Student Center at The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ, 08618.
Here is a list of local FFA Week events:
Sunday, February 18: Allentown High School– Wreath Laying Ceremony to pay respects to Leslie Applegate as he served as the organization’s first National FFA President.
Tuesday, February 20: Allentown High School – Sponsors’ Recognition Event – This event will be attended by local community members, state agricultural leaders and school officials. It is designed to showcase FFA and recognize the chapter’s supporters.
Wednesday, February 21: Salem Co. Vo. Tech School – Jersey Fresh Cook Off – FFA members and Secretary Fisher have the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills by creating dishes solely with Jersey Fresh Products. This mock “Chopped” competition is a great way of promoting New Jersey Agriculture and will be attended by many leaders in agriculture.
Newton High School – Teacher Appreciation Luncheon – The chapter invites school staff to a luncheon to show their appreciation for all the help they receive throughout the year. Each senior officer recognizes one staff person for their support.
Middlesex County Vocational Technical School: East Brunswick Campus – FFA Week Breakfast – FFA members come together in celebration of National FFA Week.
Buena Regional High School – Alumni Day – Former students will participate in a discussion panel and will highlight how FFA has impacted them and helped them in their future.
Friday, February 23: Cape May County Technical High School – Agricultural Awareness Day – FFA chapter officers will facilitate different activities that teach students the diversity of agriculture and that highlights the Natural Sciences/Agriscience Program at Cape May County Technical High School.
Northern Burlington County Regional High School – Petting Zoo – FFA members showcase animals that are part of their supervised agricultural experience programs and share their knowledge with the NBC community.