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FFA Week celebrations in Wyoming to begin

Wyoming's celebration of National FFA Week will begin Sunday, Feb. 16 with a western-themed branding party at JORDANS Western Dining in Gillette, Wyo. Dignitaries, including former Vice President Dick Cheney will join in the celebration. Ranchers, including Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis, will be branding the pillars and beams at the restaurant in support of Wyoming FFA.

The weeklong celebration of National FFA Week spans George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22. Washington is an important figure within the FFA program. During the organization's meeting ceremonies, the treasurer states, "Stationed at the emblem of Washington." He or she continues, "I keep a record of receipts and disbursements just as Washington kept his farm accounts — carefully and accurately. I encourage thrift among the members and strive to build up our financial standing through savings and investments. George Washington was better able to serve his country because he was financially independent."

FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact is has on members every day. The occasion is celebrated across the nation by over a half a million FFA members. Wyoming's nine-member State FFA Officer Team, comprised of college freshman and sophomores, will be in attendance at the branding.

"Jordan Fischer and John Fischer at JORDANS Western Dining have stepped forward as outstanding supporters of Wyoming FFA," says Wyoming FFA Foundation Chairman Court Schilt. "We appreciate supporters who understand the true value behind a program that develops skills among our young people, encourages knowledge about our nation's food supply and develops leaders to address our country's challenges. It's been a pleasure working with the Fischers and the team at JORDANS Western Dining."

Founded in 1928, the Future Farmers of America brought together students, teachers and agribusiness to solidify support for agricultural education. Since 1928, millions of agriculture students – no one knows exactly how many – have donned the official FFA jacket and championed the FFA Creed. Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Now, the organization is expanding the nation's view of "traditional" agriculture and finding new ways to infuse agriculture into the classroom.

The mission of the Wyoming FFA Foundation is to support the Wyoming FFA and ensure the program's ability to continue making a positive difference in students' lives by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Together, agriculture education and the FFA prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to help the agriculture industry grow and thrive. Wyoming FFA Foundation programs are targeted at the 2,305 FFA members and countless agriculture education students in 53 high schools across Wyoming.

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