State FFA Officers visit the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center

DSCF5743Five Kansas FFA State Officers and the Kansas National FFA Officer Candidate visited the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center Monday, August 12. 

As a part of their business and industry tour the state officers visit several agricultural businesses and organizations to get a better understanding of the Kansas agriculture industry. During their time at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center the officers learned about the vital role that wheat plays in the Kansas economy. 

“You always hear about Kansas being the “Breadbasket of the World,’ but you don’t understand until you really see it,” Lindy Billberry, Kansas FFA State President said.

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Kansas FFA State Vice President, Carrie Carlson peers into a growth chamber while Kansas Wheat’s Governmental Affairs Specialist Dalton Henry teaches about the research that takes place at the KWIC.

Representing students across the state of Kansas, the state officers are taking their learning beyond the classroom. Touring several agricultural offices, they will get an inside view of the industry and the sponsors who help make the Kansas FFA Association possible. 

“Business and industry visits give us an opportunity to show our support and give an in person thank you to our partners,” Elizabeth Allen, Kansas FFA State Sentinel said.

The visit to the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center was a highlight for the officers as they learned about the extensive research that takes place here.

“I was big into science in high school and getting to see the labs and learn about double haploid technology was so cool. I haven’t put much thought before into all the research it takes to get a wheat plant to the field,” Chance Humley, Kansas FFA State Secretary said.

As the officers continue on their visits they will have the opportunity to share their own stories; explaining the impact that agriculture education has had on their lives. The officers hope to share the role that FFA plays in developing the emerging leaders in the agriculture industry.

During the tour of the KWIC Henry explained the global role that Kansas Wheat plays in food production.

During the tour of the KWIC Henry explained the global role that Kansas Wheat plays in food production.

As state FFA officers, they serve on a team of six who travel across the state sharing their passion for agriculture, leadership and service. The officers present workshops and conferences across the state and challenge FFA members to serve their communities and the agriculture industry.

The Kansas FFA Association is a statewide organization of 8,343 agricultural education students in 162 chapters in every corner of Kansas. It is part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of 557,318 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 7,498 local chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Their mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.ksffa.org for more information.

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About Nicole Lane

Kansas Wheat Communications Intern from John Day, Oregon. Nicole is currently a freshman at Kansas State University studying Agriculture Communications & Journalism.
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