The Agricultural Educational Group and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol was held this spring in Austin.
Gilmer FFA was one of more than 50 Chapters that comprised of more than 500 FFA members and advisors across Texas who participated in this event to learn more about the legislative process, specifically addressing agriculture and agricultural education through workshops and presentations conducted by key public leaders in Texas.
“We want young people to be engaged citizens who have a voice in the legislation process, because they understand it,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.
Barbara Cargill, Chairman of the State Board of Education addressed the group, speaking on public services and their significances. The overall message was that many times the support of one’s community is overlooked, but that in reality, it should holds significant merit.
The representatives described the roles of legislators, executive offices and lobbyists, as well as expressed the need for bright, young people in public service.
“The Day at the Capitol is a great way for our state leaders to see the true impact of agricultural education and the FFA.
“If also affords our members the opportunity to see first-hand the legislative process, and how they can affect change in their own communities,” said Texas FFA Leadership Development Coordinator, Austin Large.
The Texas FFA is one of the largest state associations, with more than 94,000 members and more than 1,000 FFA chapters.