legislative symposium

Central DeWitt FFA students who attended the 35th Annual Legislative Symposium and FFA Day are (from left) Samantha Hledik, McKenna Stevens, Kaitlyn Burke and Lucas Bratthauer, who are in the Iowa Capitol Building Library. The symposium was held Jan. 28 in Des Moines. The day was to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. 

More than 560 high school students from 87 schools attended the 35th Annual Legislative Symposium & FFA Day on Jan. 28. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. FFA members heard from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill, who spoke about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the agriculture industry. Julie Kenney, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, addressed the students about the importance of agriculture in Iowa and abroad. Kelsey Tyrrell of the World Food Prize addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues. Gov. Kim Reynolds presented and signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring Feb. 22-29 the week of President George Washington’s birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The signing was held in the State Capitol with the Iowa FFA State Officer team.

Submitted by Heather Cernek