Indee FFA Participates in the FFA Legislative Symposium & Pork Congress

Megan Corkery
Independence FFA Reporter

Independence FFA Members Participate In Legislative Symposium

On January 31st, six Independence FFA members traveled to Des Moines to participate in the FFA Legislative Symposium. These six members first attended a welcome session at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates. During this session, Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Libby Crimmings, Director of World Food Prize, spoke to the students about the importance of Ag Education and how to approach legislators. After the morning session, the Independence FFA members met with Senator Craig Johnson and Representative Bruce Bearinger. They discussed the importance of Ag Education, and of FFA in Iowa. At the symposium, the 600 FFA members present, were able to represent 3% of the 15,000 Iowa FFA members.

FFA Students at Legislative Symposium

L to R: Keegan Zimmerly, Grant Toale, Breanna Manning, Bruce Bearinger, Jaimee Rowland, Megan Corkery, and Avery Hanaway.

FFA Students at Legislative Symposium posing with Craig Johnson

L to R: Breanna Manning, Megan Corkery, Jaimee Rowland, Craig Johnson, Keegan Zimmerly, Grant Toale, and Avery Hanaway.












Independence FFA Members Attend Iowa Pork Congress

On January 25th, seven Independence FFA members traveled to Des Moines to compete in the Iowa Pork Congress youth swine-judging event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Students competed in a Keep/Cull Gilt Class, Live Carcass Evaluation, Market Hog Class and Commercial Gilt Class, and Commercial Pork Production and Meat Quality exams. The competition was very fierce, and out of 136 teams competing the chapter team placed 73rd. Grant Toale place 187th out of 475 students. It was a valuable experience for students, and the things they learned will be used at future livestock judging events.

FFA Students at Iowa Pork Congress

L to R: Sam Sill, Jaxson Frye, Grant Toale, Avery Hanaway, Kimber Wheelock, Carson Frye, and Keegan Zimmerly.