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It’s time to #SpeakAg!
|Ruth Ann Myers was a panelist for the release of Global Harvest Initiative’s 2015 Global Agricultural Productivity Report (GAP Report): Building Sustainable Breadbaskets at the World Food Prize in Des Moines Iowa, on October 14th. To watch a webcast of the event online, click here.|
With all of the misconceptions about the agriculture industry floating around social media there is a need, now more than ever, for agriculturalists to speak up and inform those around us about the importance of agriculture in our daily lives.
The National FFA Organization is an inter-curricular student organization with a mission of growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. The National FFA Organization has just reached an all-time high membership of 629,367 members across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and it is our goal for each of our members to consider themselves a willing and able advocate for agriculture.
Each year the national officer team creates a legacy project so that the FFA is continually growing. This year, my teammates and I have chosen to focus on that last piece of our mission statement: strengthen agriculture. The legacy project entails a progressive challenge for our members to educate themselves, then their schools, then their communities, and finally their governments about agriculture, sharing their progress through social media using the hashtag #SpeakAg.
This is more than just a hashtag. #SpeakAg is a way of thinking. It’s a movement. It’s a language. It’s simple: FFA members need to lead their schools, communities, and governments in the language and understanding of agriculture. By taking the knowledge learned in the classroom, the knowledge learned through supervised agricultural experiences and the knowledge learned through every other FFA activity, FFA members can bring insightful, first-hand experience to inform their schools, communities, and governments.
So, what does this look like? FFA members choose to write a paper in their English class on an agricultural topic by choice, farmers markets at the schools set up, letters written to local legislators, speeches given to local business meetings, educational tweets seen by classmates, lessons taught to elementary classes, and the list goes on!
FFA members can help the world #SpeakAg, will you join the effort?