Farm & Ranch

Feb 23, 2013 11:51 AM by Jen Fenter (jen@krtv.com)

Cascade FFA inspires next generation of ag leaders

With agriculture the number one industry in Montana, FFA is hoping to inspire the younger generation to learn more about the industry. KRTV's Jen Fenter introduces us to one of the state's winningest chapters of FFA, and why they're so eager to pass on their legacy.

Sam Goss, a first-year FFA member, said, "It really broadened my horizons for what everything is, where everything comes from, and how things affect every day life."

More than half of the students at Cascade Public School are part of FFA, contributing to a long history of success.

Eric Tilleman, Cascade Chapter FFA advisor, noted, "They've won 126 state winnings and we have one of the nationals. There is another one in Lewistown. It's just been a huge heritage of FFA in this school, and a huge legacy to live up to."

It's a challenge the students are anxious to tackle - but to truly be successful. they need inspire their successors.

Ashley Finley, Cascade Chapter FFA president, said, "We've heard too many times that kids don't know where their food comes from. And as advocates for agriculture, we want to spread the word and teach the younger generation."

During their presentations for the 5th and 6th graders, chapter officers are hoping to educate the students where their food comes from, along with less-known facts about being an FFA member.

Finley said, "Something that is overlooked is it develops career skills. I'm learning public speaking, job interview, communications skills, different things like that."

The Cascade Chapter of FFA was created in 1930, just two years after the organization was founded.

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