OFW Law is proud to represent and advise clients that are on the cutting edge of the food and agricultural industry. Our clients include the input suppliers, farmers and ranchers, food and meat processors, support services, and trade associations that strive to meet our world’s growing nutritional demands. We recognize that agricultural education and participation in the National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFA) played a critical role in the development of many of our clients and their employees. OFW Law also recognizes the critical role that agricultural education plays in developing the future leaders of the food and agricultural industry. Therefore, OFW Law joins the chorus of praises for FFA members and advisors during this year’s National FFA Week.
FFA is the primary driving force behind the vitality of agricultural education at the middle school and high school level in the United States. Today’s FFA advisors and agriculture teachers provide an integrated curriculum that teaches students practical skills in applied biology and chemistry, mechanics, and leadership. FFA’s activities and career development events expose students to a variety of occupational skills related to production agriculture, environmental and natural resources conservation, agribusiness, policy and communications. With nearly 580,000 FFA members spread across the 50 states and U.S. territories, the future for American agriculture looks bright.
FFA is also personal to the several OFW Law staff that are alums of the organization. For instance, prior to embarking on his long political career, Senior Policy Advisor and former U.S. Congressman Charlie Stenholm was an FFA member and then an agricultural education teacher in Texas. John Block, Senior Policy Advisor and former USDA Secretary served as an Illinois State FFA officer and once proudly addressed the attendees of the National FFA Convention in the same blue corduroy FFA jacket that he wore in his high school days.
I was lucky enough to be a part of this great organization. I served as president of the Amelia County High School (VA) chapter and participated in several of the exciting competitions and projects that FFA offers.
I was also proud to join my home chapter on Monday to kick off their FFA week as a guest speaker for the wide variety of agriculture-related classes offered at the school. I spoke about the challenges facing agriculture, the work that OFW Law does in the food and agriculture industry, and the opportunities available for young people interested in this field. I had a chance to meet and interact with several of the students as well as the chapter’s leaders, and learn about their future plans in the agricultural field.
While we face many challenges in meeting our planet’s future nutritional needs, we take comfort in knowing that the National FFA Organization is educating and energizing our nation’s future leaders in food and fiber production. Accordingly, OFW Law salutes FFA members and their dedicated advisors during National FFA Week!