The Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol was held Feb. 26 in Austin. Beeville FFA was one of more than 50 chapters that comprised more than 500 FFA members and advisers across Texas who participated in this 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.
“We want young people to grow up to be engaged citizens who have a voice in the legislation process, because they understand it,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.
Resolutions regarding the Texas FFA were read in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. In addition, members participated in workshops facilitated by Reps. Larry Gonzales and Kyle Kacel. The representatives described the roles of legislators, executive offices and lobbyists, as well as expressed the need for bright, young people in public service. Beeville FFA members were able to meet and talk with attorney Wil Galloway, formerly of Beeville, and State Rep. Pat Fallon.
“Day at the Capitol is a great way for our state leaders to see the true impact of agricultural education and the FFA. It also affords our members the opportunity to see firsthand the legislative process, and how they can affect change in their own communities,” explained Texas FFA Leadership Development Coordinator Austin Large.
The Texas FFA is one of the nation’s largest state FFA Associations with more than 94,000 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.