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Katie Britt marks National FFA week with U.S. Senate resolution, praise for ‘Alabama’s incredible farmers’

Last week, U.S. Senator Katie Britt teamed up with her Senate colleagues to honor Future Farmers of America by unanimously passing a resolution designating February 17-24, 2024 as National FFA Week.

After passing the resolution, Britt (R-Montgomery) said that the organization plays a major role in creating tomorrow’s leaders by giving students increased access to both educational and career opportunities.

“I am always proud to fight for and celebrate Alabama’s incredible farmers, who feed and clothe our state, nation, and world,” said Britt. “FFA empowers young people across America to take up the torch and become the next generation of farmers and cattlemen, as well as leaders in their local communities. The FFA’s mission is critical, because food security is national security.”

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“I will continue to support agriculture education and research initiatives that strengthen Alabama’s and America’s future.”

Alabama is home to over 15,000 FFA members and has 267 chapters, dating back to 1929.

National FFA Advisor Dr. Travis Park described the importance of the week for the organization.

“National FFA Week is a meaningful week for members across our country as we celebrate an organization that is welcoming to all and crucial to developing the next generation of leaders and those who will fill the ever-growing need in the talent pipeline,” said Park.

“Not only is it an opportunity to share our message with a broader audience, but it’s also an opportunity for our FFA chapters and members to celebrate agriculture and agricultural education while thanking their supporters — their local alumni and supporters chapters, agriculture teachers, or local businesses.”

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The Senate resolution also recognizes the 10th anniversary of the “Give the Gift of Blue” program. Since its start, the initiative has donated over 17,000 of the iconic FFA blue jackets to members in need.

Future Farmers of America is a school-based youth leadership development organization made up of more than 945,000 student members. There are 9,163 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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