State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball was in Groton this afternoon (August 2), presenting the district with an official charter to open the newest chapter of the Future Farmers of America–an organization they’ve been eagerly awaiting to return to for nearly 50 years.
The FFA is a national student-led organization based on middle and high school classes that promote and support agricultural education.
To commemorate the occasion, Groton’s Agriculture Advisory Board hosted Ball and FFA Director Derek Hill for a two-hour lunch presentation at the high school’s STEAM Lab, which took place from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Also in attendance serving milk were ambassadors from the Dairy Princess program.
The long awaited commemoration comes on the back of Margo Martin, GCSD Superintendent, and Jason Oliver, Agriculture Department Chair, who worked diligently to re-establish the FFA Chapter in the school and establish curriculum focused around agriculture.
Groton’s home to numerous farms that produce beef, dairy and crops and help stimulate our local economy.