ALBION, Pa. — Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s leading industry, but the White House says the number of U.S. students getting an agricultural education is not meeting industry demands.
Students at Albion’s Northwestern Senior High School are bucking the trend.
Northwestern senior Taylor Ryan, president of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Albion Chapter, says, “anything you do can link back to agriculture. When you think of a doctor–because that’s one of the things that I’m looking into doing–you think about the medicine. You’re getting that from agricultural things.”
The Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators named the program at Northwestern High School as one of the best agricultural studies programs in the state.
Anthony Honeycutt, agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor, thinks that today’s youth is less interested in agricultural careers than previous generations.
“Kids today, they don’t realize the processes it takes from getting something from the farm to the fork. And in our class they learn that; and they learn how those processes work and the hard work that go behind doing that and so forth.”
Students showcased their agricultural projects for the public and community leaders.
Sen. Sean Wiley (D-Millcreek Twp), Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford), Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Hempfield Twp), and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper were among the keynote speakers.
Gov. Tom Wolf has declared Oct. 9-15, 2016 as Agriculture Foods and Natural Resource Careers Week in Pennsylvania.