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35th Annual Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol

Ainsley Schrock, Kyle Pitlick and Delaney Wildman pose for a photo with Senator Kevin Kinney after a brief meeting on the Iowa Senate floor. (contributed photo)

DES MOINES– Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across Iowa converged on the Iowa State Capitol, in Des Moines, to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. Approximately 300 high school students wearing blue corduroy from 51 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building on Jan. 28. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. It was all part of the 35th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the capitol. During the morning, FFA members heard from Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Julie Kenney 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. FFA members also heard remarks from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the agriculture industry. Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg presented the FFA Week Proclamation declaring Feb. 22-29, the week of President George Washington's Birthday, FFA Week in Iowa. The Clear Creek Amana FFA members attending were Ainsley Schrock, Kyle Pitlick and Delaney Wildman. While at the capital, the students met with Senator Kevin Kinney and Representative Amy Nielsen. The 35th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol was made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.