Jesup FFA Spreads the Word of Agriculture
By Kristen Orth
The United States has a rich agricultural history. Through participation in the National FFA Organization and agricultural education, young adults in can become aware of the numerous traditions and career and leadership opportunities agriculture provides for those in the field (no pun intended). Locally, the Jesup FFA strives to promote these opportunities by keeping active as a chapter. The chapter has been recently been very active in their community outreach endeavors.
On Sunday, September 12th, potential and current members, along with their parents, attended the annual Jesup FFA Round-Up meeting at President Lauren Riensche’s home. Round-Up serves as a kickoff event for members in FFA. While the students enjoyed competing against each other in an FFA scavenger hunt and bean bag toss competition, their parents learned more about the benefits of participating in the FFA in a seminar led by the chapter president.
“I had a great time!” said Jonah Brown. Jonha is a Greenhand (freshman) FFA member this year. “I was excited to win the scavenger hunt!” For winning the scavenger hunt, Jonah and his teammate Alex Brown won coupons for money off of any Jesup FFA apparel order.
Round-Up concluded with a picnic style dinner and the business session. Students left with a glimpse of what the FFA can do for them.
Tuesday, September 14th also proved to be an opportune day for Jesup FFA members to teach others about agriculture. Eleven members attended the Environmental Field Day at Fontana Park to teach and assist in courses dealing with the outdoors.
Chelsea Bearbower, Kristen Orth, Hannah Riensche, Brianna Rottinghaus, and Katelyn Wellman taught Sun Safety, where students learned how to protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays. Alex Brown and Jacob Zuck helped teach technique at the Fishing course, where kids got to cast their line off the Wapsipinicon. Luke Gosse assisted in teaching the Solar Energy class, and Lauren Riensche helped with Beekeeping. Nyssa Gwinn and Mitchell Westpfahl spent their day delivering water to grateful teachers around the park
The Jesup FFA members hold a deep passion for their organization and enjoy spreading the word of agriculture whenever and wherever they can. So next time you find yourself wondering about what it really means to be involved in agriculture, just look for the nearest FFA member.