Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana FFA hosted an agricultural education luncheon Wednesday in Trafalgar. The event featured discussions on implementing more STEM-based, agriculture-focused curriculum in local schools.

February 18, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and the Indiana FFA hosted “Go for Launch,” an Agricultural Education Program Informational Luncheon today at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann, as Secretary of Agriculture has challenged the Indiana FFA State Officers to explore ways to advance agricultural education, FFA and Indiana agriculture in general. This year, the Indiana FFA State Officers chose to focus on furthering agricultural education by hosting an informational luncheon to connect with principals, superintendents and school leaders to hear from Indiana agricultural education experts about the great value in implementing a STEM-based, agricultural education program for their students.

“Agricultural education is incredibly important to Indiana as we see future growth in production agriculture, agri-business and agricultural research,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “The Indiana FFA and I wanted to provide a platform for interested schools to learn about all the facets of agricultural education and the benefits of implementing it into their curriculum.”

“My fellow FFA officers and I know the value of an agricultural education program. As our officers’ project we wanted to share our own experiences as a way to help school corporations see the benefits and opportunities,” said Brittany Young, State President of Indiana FFA. “Whether students are from an urban city or a rural farm, everyone involved benefits from this educational opportunity.”

With more than 10,000 Indiana FFA members, the organization is a strong contributor to the development of students throughout the state. The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Founded as a national organization in 1928, the FFA has evolved from an organization focusing primarily on production agriculture, to a broader-based encompassing organization that addresses the needs and interests of students in urban and suburban schools in addition to the rural communities. FFA gives students the opportunity to apply practical classroom knowledge to real world experiences through local, state and national competitions. For more information about the Indiana FFA visit www.inffa.org.

Source: Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

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