Friday, May 15, 2015 02:56 PM
“FFA members, why are we here? To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities and responsibilities, and develop those qualities of leadership which an FFA member should possess.”
Those are the words of Kade Hill, Illinois Association Future Farmers of America state president. As the FFA members travel the halls of the Capitol visiting legislators, one thing becomes clear: agriculture in Illinois makes a huge difference in people's lives, and nowhere is that more clear than with the FFA.
“Agriculture is the backbone of Illinois’s economy. It’s important that we continue to invest in ag education,” Bennett said. “I had a great time meeting with Rantoul Township and Oakwood FFA chapters. Their enthusiasm and dedication is remarkable.”
"The hard work and dedication put in by 4-H and FFA members is something that should not be overlooked," said Abby Foster, 2016 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen. "These programs and classes help each member strive for excellence, grow as individuals and set a path for their future careers."
Mr. Hill is a native of Paxton, Illlinois, and will begin his freshman year at the University of Illinois majoring in agriculture science education following his year of service as FFA state president. Ms. Foster is from Oakwood in Vermillion County and currently studying elementary education at Ball State.
Listen to Abby Foster's remarks to the Senate fron the Senate floor below.