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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Washington FFA members head to Des Moines

By By Sophie Bell, FFA Reporter | Feb 01, 2018
Pictured from left to right  are Jameson Bell, Kristen Twinam, Natally Guzman, Jarad Klein, Trent Steinhart, Ellie Bell, Sophie Bell and Ellie Todd.

In Des Moines on Tuesday, Jan. 30, FFA members from across Iowa converged on the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism, and patriotism. Ellie Bell, Jameson Bell, Sophie Bell, Natally Guzman, Ellie Todd and Kristen Twinam from the Washington FFA Chapter attended this event.

Approximately 500 high school students wearing blue corduroy from 80 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Jan. 30. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. This was all part of the 33rd Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol.

During the morning, FFA members heard from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill, at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Libby Crimmings of the World Food Prize addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues. The FFA members also heard remarks from Gov. Kim Reynolds about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the legislative process.

Gov. Reynolds signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring Feb. 18-25, the week of President George Washington’s birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The proclamation signing took place during a special ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates following legislative visits at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

The 33rd Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol was made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

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