After a long flight in, the Penn State Teach Ag! Crew made it to the Mississippi FFA Center (@MSFFA) around 1:30am on Tuesday! We caught a few hours of sleep then made our first trip to the Mississippi Farm Bureau (@MSFarmBureau) where we met five of their important figures in the organization. They taught us about the Farm Bureau, Mississippi’s agriculture industry, and an organization known as the Farm Families of Mississippi. The Farm Families of Mississippi (@farmfamiliesms) organization is a branch off of the Farm Bureau that brings light to family farms through various benefit programs.
Our final destination for the day was to Brandon High School to visit Mr. White and the Brandon FFA Chapter. We had the opportunity to give back to Brandon FFA chapter by presenting a workshop for the FFA members on financial literacy with specific application to recordkeeping and using the Agricultural Experience Tracker program (AET) to maintain their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects. It was an eye-opening experience to work with students who have had different instruction and experience working with SAE’s. It was great to deliver some additional perspectives on components of Agriculture Education to the program as well as experience Mississippi culture within the program. We were very thankful to have the support and help of the National FFA (@nationalffa) Local Program Support Specialist, Dr. Nina Crutchfield (@ninacrutchfield) in this effort!
The chapter president and Mr. White have such genuine personalities and have great hospitality. It was such a pleasure to receive great advice from them both. And a special thanks to Dr. Gaea Hock, Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University, (@gaeawimmer) for escorting us around Mississippi for our first day! We are looking forward to our second day of adventures! Be sure to follow along with our daily posts!
Janae Bickhart, 2015 PSU Graduate, @JanaeBickhart
Erin Yoest, 2016 Student Teacher Candidate, Mohawk High School, @eyoest519