FFA impacts youth lives
BROOKINGS, S.D. – FFA is not just about raising crops or livestock, public speaking, or parliamentary procedure. It’s a nearly limitless opportunity for young people to figure out who they are and what they want to do in life. FFA is cutting-edge, innovative, empowering, and most importantly fun.
In a world where more and more young people are glued to electronic devices and missing out on being a member of their communities, FFA offers connection, hands-on learning, and adult mentors that invest in their lives.
Sidney Peterson, a member of the Sturgis FFA Chapter and graduating senior has been so inspired by her FFA experience that she has chosen to make a career of empowering youth in agriculture education.
“FFA has not only impacted my life, but it’s truly changed it forever. FFA has inspired me to devote my life to service and become an agricultural education teacher. I want to inspire and guide youth into pursuing careers within the agriculture industry. I love encouraging kids,” said Peterson.
She is currently the Sturgis FFA Chapter President and at this year’s State FFA Convention won the Equine Science Placement Proficiency Award. Growing up on a horse farm outside of Sturgis, her supervised agricultural experience project consisted of the management and nutritional needs of the farm’s horses. She also serves as the International Finals Youth Rodeo National Youth Director.
Peterson is also one of 280 South Dakota FFA members that were recognized for receiving their State FFA Degree at the State FFA Convention. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree of membership conferred by the South Dakota FFA Association. The requirements for this degree include: having earned and productively invested at least $1,000 and/or worked at least 300 hours in excess of scheduled class time, in a Supervised Agricultural Experience program; demonstrated leadership ability by performing parliamentary procedure, giving a speech on agriculture or an FFA-related topic, and serving as an officer, committee chairperson, or participating member of a chapter committee; and have completed at least 25 hours of community service.
She will also compete in the Food Science and Technology competition, where as a team, students are required to develop a food product within 16 minutes including its nutritional label, ingredients list, price point and present it to a panel of judges.
Peterson said that what she’s liked best about FFA is:
“It’s a cool experience to have friends from all around the state. You are always meeting new people and making new friends at each event.”