This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862, which created land-grant colleges throughout the United States. Signed by President Abe Lincoln, who oversaw the establishment of the Department of Agriculture, this statute thankfully paved the way for agricultural education in America.
With the signing of this act, the teaching of agriculture, science and engineering was brought to the forefront, which today translates into a wonderful array of opportunities given to our FFA members. Agriculture was and still is recognized as being critical to our communities. It's evident that our future leaders face many challenges of feeding a growing population.
FFA continues to help our next generation overcome these obstacles. Our members are developing their own unique talents and leadership skills--exploring their interests in a wide range of career pathways that drive agricultural advancements.
We are grateful for the agricultural knowledge and opportunities passed along to us from these past 150 years. Yet, as we celebrate this anniversary, we are excited to discover amazing advancements in our pursuit to excel agriculture. We are excited to see what is yet to come!
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