We’ve all heard of Ag and FFA, and know that they have a new building of classrooms, but many people don’t really know what they are. Ag is a program at Clemens that includes classes such as small animal management, equine science, wildlife horticulture, principles of agriculture, floral design, turf grasses, welding, and many more options. The classes are taught by Ms. Crawford, Ms. Heath, Mr. Lampman, and others at Clemens. Individuals may take any of these courses in school without taking on the responsibility of raising and showing animals. To raise animals, students must be a part of either 4H or FFA.
FFA members pay a membership fee to be part of the group, and then they are put into chapters. These are groups based off of the area they live in. Cibolo Creek FFA is the organization in our area, and it includes students from grades 3 to 12. Individuals who are part of this group are able to raise and show animals such as cows, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, lambs, goats, and pigs. They may also participate in leadership or career developing events in teams or as individuals. The events include and are not limited to: radio broadcasting, chapter conducting, quiz, public relations, food science, dairy science, and nursery landscaping.
FFA provides kids with an abundance of opportunities. They are able to receive scholarships to aid in the funding of their projects and education. Members gain responsibility from taking care of animals, as well as leadership and career development. Jenna Norton, a junior at Clemens and a member of FFA says “Sometimes there are people that you don’t like but you get through it when you have to work together and that helps you learn how to get along with everyone and have respect and tolerance for them”. Along with these aspects, Jenna also says that she has met many of her lifelong friends through being part of the FFA organization.
Summer Morgenroth, another junior FFA member says that her favorite part of being in FFA is “the friendships you create and bonding with people who do the same thing as you. Also you get trusted to keep the animals alive, which gives you tons of responsibility and leadership. There is nothing in FFA that can hurt your character, it only builds it”. Not only do students get to share their interests with those at their school, but also at surrounding schools and within the community.
FFA provides many opportunities for students and families everywhere. It teaches students leadership and helps train them for future careers. The Ag classes are great options for class courses.