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FFA Day at the Capitol

FFA members from Linn-Mar and across Iowa converged at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. It was part of the 38th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol. 

Linn-Mar representatives Carl Rathje, Zoey Wecker, Emily Ritzie, and Miya Schloemer met with lawmakers to discuss their projects and share ideas for the future of agriculture in our state. 

They were joined by nearly 700 other high school students from 102 schools across Iowa. They began their day at the Downtown Embassy Suites where they heard from the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture about the importance of agriculture in Iowa and abroad. The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President spoke about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the agriculture industry. A representative from Navigator CO2 discussed the importance of advocating for the agricultural industry. The Iowa Attorney General delivered a message about her role and her experience with agriculture. The morning program culminated with FFA members hearing a brief message from the Governor who declared February 18th through the 25th FFA Week in Iowa.

Linn-Mar Opportunities

Linn-Mar offers a wide range of agriculture classes. Agriscience teacher Barb Lemmer says “We have lots of good things happening in every class. We have drones to fly, robotic gardens to tend to, and fish to feed. The classes really are hands-on”

Students also learn about animals and plants and how they are grown for food, fiber, and fuel while taking care of the environment, using modern technology and good business practices.

Any students interested in learning more about Agriscience courses at Linn-Mar should see the Program of Studies, talk to their school counselor, or see Ms. Lemmer for more details.

The 38th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol were made possible with support from Iowa Farm Bureau Federation through the Iowa FFA Foundation.