Clements: A memorandum of understanding between the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National FFA Organization offers a shared commitment to grow leaders in agriculture. The collaboration outlines how the two organizations will work together to discover opportunities that benefit both their members and students. Mark Poeschl, Chief Executive Officer for the National FFA Organization, says the collaboration between AFBF and FFA is a natural fit.
Poeschl: The collaboration is really an opportunity to formalize what has already been a really tremendous relationship between the two organizations. We now have an opportunity to really call out how we’re going to work together to continue to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.
Clements: Poeschl says the collaboration starts with agricultural education.
Poeschl: Ag education is the cornerstone of where we reach these young people and how we begin to get them excited, how we begin to get them knowledgeable about careers in agriculture, and how we prepare them to be the next generation of leaders in ag. The fact is that in 30 years we have 9 billion people in the world that we have to feed, and this is the group of young people today that are going to be the ones that help all of us figure out how we’re going to do that.
Clements: Through the collaboration, he says FFA members will learn how to become better advocates for agriculture.
Poeschl: There are a lot of people today that don’t make the connection between food and agriculture. And so, one of the big roles we have is helping our young people understand how they can bridge that gap and how they can be positive role models and how they can speak on behalf of agriculture and Farm Bureau can help us do that.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF