The Troup County Farmers of America clubs celebrate the second annual Agriculture Day
Published at 9:15 am Thursday, November 10, 2022
On Wednesday, the Troup County Future Farmers of America (FFA) celebrated its second annual Agriculture Day at the Troup County Agricultural Center.
The event brought FFA clubs from all the high schools in the Trooper County School System to a morning filled with speakers from the House of Representatives, information on colleges, leadership and team building and opportunities to get up close and personal with some animals.
Jessica Bowden, the AG teacher from LaGrange High, said that each of the agriculture teachers at the high schools organized an Agriculture Day or AG Day. The event also included input from students from all the high schools.
Austin Tucker from Troup High said he enjoyed sitting back and working with the other three teachers to make this happen for the kids.
“I heard they enjoyed it last year and I hope they enjoyed it this year,” Tucker said. “Hopefully it’s something we can continue to do for her.”
Callaway High’s Ashton Wheeless said it was great to see all the kids come together.
“As a teacher at Callaway, I often see the other students at tournaments but it’s great to make connections with them here,” Wheeless said. “It’s very satisfying to see how big this is and to have the opportunity to connect with each other.”
This year Diverse Power provided an educational grant for the event which helped provide the students with resources for the day.
“The grant is available every year for educational purposes. You describe the event, and we were blessed to share that opportunity, so we provided lunch, T-shirts, guest speakers — anything that would cost us money to run on this day was sponsored at Diverse Power,” Bowden said. “We are fortunate to have a business community leader who invests in our students and the county.”
Savannah Farrell of LHS said the idea of bringing all the FFA clubs together was to work toward a common goal.
“There’s a lot of competition between the three schools because we compete against each other,” Farrell said. “We all represent agriculture in Troup County when we go out and compete. We’re not always in competition, this allows us to be like friends with people who are advocating for agriculture in Troup County as a whole.”