Date: February 27, 2013
SUBJECT: ANNUAL FFA WORKSHOP TO WELCOME MORE THAN 2,500 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
By: Ashley Bench
The College of the Ozarks Agriculture Department will host the annual FFA Workshop on Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. till noon at the Agricultural Center and other campus areas.
Operated to reflect a contest-like atmosphere, the workshop is designed to prepare and educate high school FFA students for future district competitive events. With 14 workshop events, ranging from judging livestock and dairy to floriculture, entomology and forestry, this event is one of the largest FFA events in Missouri. More than 2,500 high school students benefit from the workshop every year.
General Farm Manager Dan Swearengen and numerous student workers have worked to develop the program over the course of 30 years. “Our longstanding FFA workshop provides outstanding practice judging events to help educate the high school participants and our college student workers on key aspects of practical agriculture knowledge and skills,” said Swearengen. Beginning in the late 1960s as a dairy judging contest, for the past 35 years the workshop served as an important date in most every high school agriculture teacher’s calendar of events to attend.
This event is not open to the general public.