EWING, N.J. — New Jersey State FFA chapters throughout the state will send representatives to The College of New Jersey on Thursday to meet with state legislators and other decision-makers as part of FFA Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day, an event held during FFA Week.
FFA is a national youth organization that uses agricultural science education to develop students’ potential and help them discover their talent. There are more than 2,400 FFA members in 37 chapters in New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie proclaimed the week of Feb. 18-25 FFA Week in New Jersey and encouraged state residents to recognize the importance of the educational organization and the lifelong contributions of its members to agriculture and related fields and to our quality of life here in the Garden State.
Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day will kick off at 9 a.m. with a career fair, mix and mingle and continental breakfast in the lobby of the Music Building, followed by a symposium at 10:30 a.m. where students will meet with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Assistant Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington, a representative from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, New Jersey legislators, industry leaders and education officials.
In the afternoon, the State FFA Officers will lead a series of workshops covering the benefits of being proactive versus reactive while communicating, how to engage in meaningful conversations, the traits for effective writing, and how to best utilize social media when communicating.
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education and the FFA provide a strong foundation of leadership and career skills for the young people involved and ensure a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing demands in the science, business and technology of agriculture.
FFA Advocacy and Legislative Leadership Day will be held 9 a.m. on Thursday in the lobby of the Music Building at The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ, 08618.
For more information on New Jersey FFA, visit www.jerseyageducation.nj.gov.
— New Jersey Department of Agriculture