For a day the Texas State Capitol became a classroom as more than 500 Texas FFA members and agricultural educators visited Austin on Feb. 26. The students learned about the state’s legislation process, especially as it relates to agriculture, at the annual Agricultural Education and Texas FFA Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas and Texas FFA.
The event, now in its fourth year, provides a unique opportunity for high school students to learn from various players in the state’s legislative process - legislators, staffers, agency personnel and lobbyists.
“We want young people to grow up to be engaged citizens who have a voice in the legislation process, because they understand it,” said Texas FFA Executive Director Tom Maynard.
Resolutions regarding the Texas FFA were read in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate. In addition, members participated in workshops facilitated by Representatives Larry Gonzales and Kyle Kacel. The representatives described the roles of legislators, executive offices and lobbyists, as well as expressed the need for bright, young people in public service.
“Day at the Capitol is a great way for our state leaders to see the true impact of agricultural education and the FFA. It also affords our members the opportunity to see first-hand the legislative process, and how they can affect change in their own communities,” explained Texas FFA Leadership Development Coordinator Austin Large.