Herkimer students get taste of FFA

Students in Talia Baker’s Agriculture classes got to learn more about leadership at a statewide conference in Syracuse in January.

Herkimer students from grades 8-12 attending the New York FFA 212/360 Conference got the chance to learn more about all the things the national FFA organization does throughout agriculture.

Feb. 22-29 is National FFA Week, celebrating the role of agriculture in our lives.

“They’re always surprised to learn that there’s so much more to it than farming,” Baker said. “It’s about leadership, it’s career readiness, it ties in a lot of things that really all students can benefit from.”

Thirteen Herkimer students attended the conference, where eighth- and ninth-graders participated in the “212” program (focused on self-reflection and personal growth) and students in grades 10-12 participated in the “360” program (aimed at making an impact on their community.)

To encourage and promote involvement in FFA, Baker has enrolled all of her students in the organization so that all of them have the chance to take advantage of opportunities like the January conference.

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