National FFA Officers give up a year of there lives to serve the FFA in a variety of functions. They will represent the FFA at the local, state, national, and even international levels. National FFA Officers travel more than 100,000 miles during their year of service and spend much of their time living in hotel rooms and eating meals on the go. They have opportunities to meet thousands of people including corporate CEOs, government officials, and FFA members from around the country and spread the message of FFA and the importance of Agricultural Education in our future.
We asked Jenna a few questions about what this experience has meant to her.
Jenna, can you tell us what this whole experience has meant to you?
- Met with American Farm Bureau
- Met with USDA Chief of Staff Krysta Harden, discussed agriculture issues
- Job Shadowed, Max Finberg, who works in a White House Office in the department of Ministries and Faith-Based organizations. During shadow experience attended a meeting in the First Lady’s Office.
- Meeting with Pfizer to learn more about them, discuss agriculture issues, and participate in mock interviews
- Meeting with Monsanto to learn more about how they operate, discuss agriculture issues, tour facility, participate in mock interviews
- Meeting with National Corn Growers Association to learn how they interact with people, expand my knowledge base about them and tour their facilities
- Visiting with an urban agriculture teachers in St. Louis who will discuss Missouri FFA, agriculture, and how her chapter operates (hopefully will be able to meet with a few FFA members). In addition, the teacher is setting up local tours to botanical gardens, and other agriculture programs – this is free of charge.
- [I plan to] Attend training organized by a past National Officer Candidate, Dr. David Frazier, who knows the National Officer Selection process very well. This session is free of charge, with the exception of the flight.
- During the training I will meet several other candidates and go through every interview round twice.
- [I will be] Attending the World Food Prize Conference in Des Moines, Iowa to put my mind back into perspective as to why I am running for a National Office. The answer is simple, that the world is so much greater than me. I hope to instill in others everywhere the notion that there is a need to make a positive difference.