During the Minnesota FFA Convention, students had the opportunity to connect with colleges, technical schools, agribusinesses and farm groups. AgCentric Project Manager Judy Barka says this effort helps students see their future. “If they want to do something in agriculture, the future is really bright. We don’t see tons and tons of growth in agriculture, but we see retirements. We need to fill in behind those retirements and we need to do that soon so we can tap into that knowledge base before they walk out the door.” Minnesota FFA Foundation executive director Val Aarsvold feels the FFA provides a unique experience for young people, preparing them for career success. “These are high-quality kids who are setting goals and doing the right things to prepare themselves so they will be ready to lead our companies and take us into that new era of agriculture.”
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