Washington FFA state officers will spread the word about agriculture in a new way, on new wheels, this year as they travel across the state.
Dodge Ram has donated three trucks to Washington FFA through FFA’s national foundation, said Jodi Monroe, Washington FFA executive director. The trucks,adorned with Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer” message, will be on display during the convention.
The six state officers will use the trucks instead of their own vehicles, Monroe said. Most officers rack up about 30,000 miles as part of their duties.
“They’re going to be driving around in a truck with the agriculture education message all over it,” she said. “Hopefully we catch the eyes of some people.”
The Washington State FFA convention meets May 15-17 on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Wash.
The event also includes a new film festival, featuring three short films focused on Washington farming, including “Growing Season,” about Stemilt founder Tom Mathison, Monroe said.
“I’m always looking for something new and educational, that potentially teachers can use in the classroom,” Monroe said.
Educational non-profit organization Nutrients for Life Foundation’s national program provides educational support for a community. Twenty-four schools in the state applied for grant funding with a program, Monroe said. All 24 will receive $500, the top three schools will receive $5,000; $3,000 and $1,000. Winners will be announced the evening of May 15.
“That’s a real big deal for our teachers,” Monroe said.
There are roughly 7,300 total student members across the state. Monroe expects more than 3,000 to attend the convention.
Presentations include FFA eastern region vice president Wes Davis May 15, motivational speaker Michael Cuestas May 16 and state officer elections May 17.
Monroe expects a high level of interest in the usual competitions as well, including the ever-popular parliamentary procedure.
“I’m there to put on one heck of a party for a lot of kids who have worked hard all year long,” Monroe said. “To get them on stage, so they can be given their award and recognized.”