DUKE CENTER – On January 10, the Otto-Eldred FFA Chapter took 52 students to Harrisburg to attend the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show and the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention.
It was the first time the Otto-Eldred FFA could attend this event due to the COVID pandemic last year.
The Farm Show features all corners of the agricultural industry, which is the major industry in Pennsylvania. Students had the opportunity to learn about agriculture, experience the latest industry technology, talk to industry experts, engage with other FFA members from all over the world. state and learn more about potential careers they can pursue after high school.
While attending the agricultural fair, some students had the opportunity to speak with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.
Redding shared his passion for Pennsylvania agriculture, the agricultural exposition and the FFA. He was amazed at the number of students the chapter brought to the show: over 40 members stood proudly in the blue corduroy jacket, nearly 25% of the school. Redding shared how proud he was of the Local’s accomplishments for being ranked a year ago.
This trip would not have been possible without the donation from Seneca Resources Co. Rob Boulware, Director of Stakeholder Relations, presented Otto-Eldred FFA with a donation check for $3,000 to help support the new chapter .
Finally, the band attended the Pennsylvania FFA Mid-Winter Convention. Otto-Eldred FFA students were able to watch and interact with 5,000 other Pennsylvania FFA members from across the state.
During the convention, five of Otto-Eldred’s student members earned their FFA jackets through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association Jacket Scholarship Fund. Jackets were awarded to more than 400 members from across the state. These ninth grade members have now taken their first step towards their high school FFA careers.