Advisor Tyler Heaton described the successful competition and year for the FFA students. Heaton shared how the kids learned about Farm Business Management, Employment Skills and Livestock Management, among other events. He also remarked that “FFA is not about just farming. It has to do with almost everything, [especially] leadership,” explaining how its broad activities let the students “experience in different professional areas” and allows them to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The 2017 annual FFA Convention allowed the Lincoln County Chapter members to test their technical skills, public speaking and teamwork and problem solving abilities with the other 24 chapters in the State.
The students have been practicing throughout the year on the different workplace abilities, and tested their knowledge at the convention events.
Chapter president Kevin Mathews, a senior, said “FFA is not for farmers, but for everybody that’s interested in doing career development activities” and prepare for their future. Mathews has been a recurrent member of FFA, and while his agricultural and farming-oriented upbringing is what interested him to originally join FFA, the valuable public speaking and leadership skills he learned inspired him to run for a FFA Lincoln County Chapter position. The FFA Nevada website explained that there are 2,800 FFA members in the state of Nevada and 635,355 FFA members nationwide.
During the event, the students got the opportunity to meet employers on the agricultural field and businesses that might interest them on the future, since some of the events were hosted at local Reno florist and agricultural businesses..
Heaton remarked that a lot of students “don’t enroll because they don’t think they’re farmers, when in reality if they want to learn how to speak, or to survey, or do mechanics, or to weld, or even do flowers, FFA is all about that.”