A group of VVS students had the opportunity to see how our state capital works. Once again FFA has shown how important it is in developing students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
The trip to Albany proves this point.
Four Vernon-Verona-Sherrill FFA students and two advisors participated in the 2019 Lobby Days. Making the trip were VVS students Rachel Champney, Danann Lohr, Rebecca Collins, and Molly Adams along with advisors Sara Ouellette and Donna Schonewetter.
The VVS FFA lobbied with the Oneida County Farm Bureau.
Students went to the Farm Bureau Taste of New York event and set up a booth, where they talked with people, gave them information on VVS FFA maple production, and handed out samples of student-made maple fluff.
In addition, the trip was “a great opportunity to learn more about the Farm Labor Bill and educate the legislators on our concerns and issues that may arise if this gets passed,” said Champney.
The Farm Labor Bill enacts the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, granting collective bargaining rights, workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits to farmworkers.
The VVS district also noted that participants had appointments to speak with different legislators, allowing people to voice concerns and opinions on issues. Students got the chance to speak with such officials as Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, Assemblyman Brian D. Miller and Sen. Joseph Griffo, the school district announcement added.
“It was a great opportunity to be able to participate in this event. I learned about several different problems in the agriculture community and was also able to work on my public communications,” said Adams, a VVS FFA reporter.
Originally known as Future Farmers of America, FFA is among the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over 670,000 members in 8,630 chapters throughout all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Again, students in our area benefited by the strong presence of FFA and its programs.