Today we join state officials in saluting the New York Future Farmers of America.
The New York FFA has been congratulated by state Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball on its significant growth in membership since 2017. Last month the New York FFA received national attention for its membership increase in the 2018-19 school year, up 60% from the prior year and the highest increase in the nation, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
FFA chapters associated with school districts in Oneida County include Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Waterville, BOCES, Remsen and Adirondack, said Department of Agriculture and Markets spokesperson Jola Szubielski. Waterville and Remsen are newer chapters, she noted.
“It is such an exciting time for New York FFA, which is experiencing substantial growth and leading the nation in program expansion,” said Ball. The New York FFA currently has 7,084 members across the state, up from 4,300 in 2017. This year, the New York FFA celebrated the addition of 13 new chapters in high schools across the state, for a total of 41 new chapters added since 2017, said the announcement.
We especially want to praise the VVS FFA, which was established in 1952, and is widely known for its maple syrup production efforts. The chapter has about 100 members from grades 6-12, according to school district FFA adviser Sara Ouellette. In the student-run maple syrup program students annually make, market and sell 1,500-2,000 gallons of maple syrup. Last year was a record-breaking season for production.
The FFA molds leaders in their chosen agricultural professions.