Oink! In With the Animals at SJHS

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What is FFA? The largest youth leadership organization, that’s what! For the first time, Agricultural Science is being offered at Springville Junior High. Agriculture is the production, processing, marketing, and use of foods, and fibers and byproducts from plant crops and animals. Mrs. Monica Giffing teaches Agricultural Science, or FFA, at the junior high and at Springville High School. She has been teaching FFA for five years at the high school, but this is the first year she is teaching FFA at SJHS.

Students get to participate in many different activities in FFA. The Annual State Fair field trip, attending the National Convention of Indianapolis IN, state FFA conventions and raising a pig at the school animal lab and attending stock shows to sale their animal are just a few of the opportunities.

FFA focuses on agriculture but also teaches about leadership, animal science, plant science, agronomy, natural resources, processing, agricultural careers and marketing of agricultural products. FFA is a youth organization that allows students to travel and meet people from all over the state. Students also make new friends with the same interests.

Jay Biesinger, ninth-grade FFA student at SJHS said, “FFA isn’t just for cowboys, cowgirls, and hicks. It’s about having fun and learning how to do things in agriculture.”

According to Mrs. Giffing, ninth-grade students can join this organization by taking Agricultural Science. It is a fun course that is a hands-on. She jokingly remarked, “Without farmers we would all be hungry & naked!”    If students are interested, make sure to sign up for next year’s FFA class at Springville Junior High.

Andalyn Hall, SJHS Staff Writer