MMCRU FFA members part of 33rd Annual Legislative Symposium & FFA Day at the Capitol

Thursday, February 8, 2018

DES MOINES — MMCRU Ag Leadership Class students Mattie Tucker, Katie Bush, Nikki Ruba, Britney Specht and Leah Henderson with FFA members from across Iowa converged on the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism, and patriotism.

Approximately 500 high school students wearing blue corduroy from 80 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 30. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. This was all part of the 33rd Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol. During the morning, FFA members heard from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President, Craig Hill, at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. Libby Crimmings of the World Food Prize addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues. The FFA members also heard remarks from Governor Kim Reynolds about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the legislative process.

Governor Reynolds signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring February 18-25, the week of President George Washington’s Birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The proclamation signing took place during a special ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates following legislative visits at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

Five students from MMCRU’s Ag Leadership Class, Mattie Tucker, Katie Bush, Nikki Ruba, Britney Specht and Leah Henderson, along with their teacher, Mrs. Sam Schroeder, went to Des Moines to the State Capital and World Food Prize to visit with legislators at the FFA Legislative Symposium. They listened to Craig Hill, Farm Bureau, and Governor Kim Reynolds speak on behalf of agriculture and agriculture education. They also got a tour of the State Capital House and Senate from the District 3 Senator Randy Feenstra. (Photos contributed)

The 33rd Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol was made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.