Ten Nevada FFA members and FFA advisor Kevin Cooper attended the Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 28.


Students started with a large-group meeting of over 700 FFA members from across the state at the Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines location. Craig Hill of the Iowa Farm Bureau welcomed the students, and the Iowa Farm Bureau sponsored the event.


Undersecretary of Ag Julie Kenney addressed the students on the current status of agriculture in Iowa, and the opportunities that agriculture offers. Kelsey Tyrell, director of World Food Prize Youth Institutes, also provided information to the students on how to advocate for agriculture and communicate to legislatures.


The students and Cooper then traveled to the capitol. Representative Dave Deyoe met with the students and made great emphasis on how being in FFA helped him develop as a young person. Deyoe went on to explain the legislative processes.


Students then toured the legislative library, and took the stairs to the top of the rotunda. For lunch, the students went to the Hy-Vee on Euclid for a buffet lunch. After lunch, the students stopped at the Case New Holland Information Center to visit with Brad Jackson.


Jackson extended an invitation to Nevada FFA on how the agriculture education program and FFA could collaborate utilizing the capacious facility and technical resources.