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Bureau Valley FFA ‘Grow’-s in agricultural education

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT
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Bureau Valley FFA members listen as Marquis Energy employee Jeff Peterson explains the process that takes place in ethanol refinement.

MANLIUS — Over the course of a week, the Bureau Valley FFA chapter managed to celebrate the entire history of agricultural education in America. National FFA Week — Feb. 16-23 — centered around the theme of “Grow” – celebrated more than 80 years of FFA traditions while eagerly anticipating the organization’s future.

The Bureau Valley chapter had many activities for all students, regardless of educational background or planned occupation. The goal for this week was to offer an opportunity to develop assertive agricultural leadership, promote the intelligent choice and establishment of an agricultural career, and create a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands of the science, business and technology industry.

The week began on Feb. 18 with FFA members coming to the school board meeting in official dress. The event was geared to show the group’s appreciation for the support received from the district. The school board had the opportunity to sign a proclamation that designated this upcoming week as FFA Week.

On Tuesday, various chapter members attended the 2013 FFA field trip to Marquis Energy and Mid-American Growers. Each corporation provides a different view of agriculture; offering diversified opportunities to develop strategic goals for a future career of advancing agriculture in America.

On Wednesday, the student body participated in “Dress Like a Farm Animal Day.” This was followed by “Tractor Brand Day” on Thursday.

The highlight of the week was Friday, when the chapter welcomed the Bureau Valley Agricultural Boosters for a breakfast to thank them for their support. The day concluded with the “Agriculture is Outstanding!” pep assembly in which chapter members reflected on the many exciting details of the past week. To learn about the importance of agriculture, students had the opportunity to participate in a team-building obstacle course.

The week concluded with the 2013 “Masquerade” hoop jam dance on Saturday, which was well attended by the student body.

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