Last updated: April 09. 2014 2:59PM - 193 Views
By Lenny C. Lepola newsguy@ee.net

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Why would students choose careers in agriculture? Especially considering the high tech and big business world we live in? There are many reasons, and agriculture offers dozens of career path choices. Simply put, agriculture is not just about farming anymore.

There are careers in food science, agronomy, animal science, natural resources, forestry, economics, mechanics and engineering, worldwide food production, and dozens of other career field choices. And it’s a growing field. By the year 2050 the world’s population will require 100 percent more food than the planet produces today; and 70 percent of this food must come from efficiency improving technology.

Founded in 1928, the FFA organization represents a large diversity of over 300 careers in the food, fiber, and natural resources industry; and 23,000 young people in Ohio are involved in agricultural education and more than 300 FFA chapters.

Members of FFA Alumni Chapters, like the Big Walnut/DACC FFA Alumni, hold fundraisers for FFA scholarships and member activities, and serve as mentors for local FFA chapter members.

If you are a former FFA member and would like to help the DACC Big Walnut FFA Alumni to continue serving local students with an interest in agriculture and ag-related disciplines, becoming a member of your local FFA Alumni costs a modest $25 per year; and there is a host of large and small volunteer tasks that keep alumni in touch with today’s FFA members, helping them reach their goals.

Big Walnut/DACC FFA Alumni President Brenda Piper said even area residents who are not former FFA members, but with skills and expertise to share with today’s agriculture students are also able to join their local FFA Alumni chapter.

If you are interested in becoming a member of your local Big Walnut/DACC FFA Alumni, email FFA Alumni president Brenda Piper at < piperspets@aol.com >, or call Piper at 740-815-5092.

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