February 18, 2014

(TRENTON, NJ) ― New Jersey State FFA chapters throughout the state will send representatives to Trenton on Thursday, February 20, to meet with state legislators and other decision-makers as part of FFA Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day, an event held during FFA Week.

FFA is a national youth organization that uses agricultural science education to develop students’ potential and help them discover their talent. There are more than 2,600 FFA members in 37 chapters in New Jersey.

Governor Chris Christie proclaimed the week of February 15 – 22 FFA Week in New Jersey and encouraged state residents to recognize the importance of the educational organization and the lifelong contributions of its members to agriculture and related fields and to our quality of life here in the Garden State.

Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a career fair in Brower Student Center at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, followed by a brunch at 10 a.m. where students will meet with New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, New Jersey Legislators, industry leaders and education officials.

The group will then split up for the afternoon, with chapter presidents touring the State House and visiting New Jersey Farm Bureau’s State Street offices. During this time, they will discuss advocacy and its role in agricultural leadership.

The State FFA Officers will lead a series of workshops for the remaining attendees, covering the legislative process, communicating information about agriculture and agricultural education to the general public and living a service-centered life.

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and the FFA provide a strong foundation of leadership and career skills for the young people involved and ensure a steady supply of young professional to meet the growing demands in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.

For more information on New Jersey FFA, visit www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov.

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