(Atlantic) Atlantic High School FFA Advisor Eric Miller says FFA gives students all kinds of opportunities from leadership workshops to public speaking contests to livestock judging and more.
"We just have so many opportunities and so many experiences that they can work with. It gives the kids a wide variety of different ideas and different things to work on. FFA is not just good old fashioned farming, row crop and cows, it is a wide variety. We have business opportunities, we have welding, basically anything you can think of that is agricultural related we have opportunities for students."
Miller says next year more than half of the FFA teachers in the state will be females and as far as students go, it isn't just for boys who grow up on the farm.
"25% or so in our chapter are female members. If you look at the freshman and sophomore classes they have a higher percentage of female members than male members. Its something we are working on and building and it's for everybody. A majority of all FFA members in the state of Iowa do not live on a farm. I think it's something like 67% of all FFA members live in town."
Miller says the idea behind FFA week is to try to get the community behind what FFA is trying to accomplish. Atlantic kicked things off with Tractor day and Carhartt day on Tuesday. Wednesday is plaid, boots, and buckle day, Thursday is John Deere vs Case day and Friday is FFA shirt day.