The Kansas Pork Association was host to the 2013-2014 Kansas FFA State Officer team and the 2013 National Officer Candidate at the KPA offices during the FFA's recent business and industry tour.
The state officers participate in a business and industry tour each year, visiting with agricultural businesses and organizations to meet the participants in the Kansas agriculture industry and learn more about different sectors of the industry and how they work.
The team visited with Tim Stroda, KPA President-CEO and Amanda Spoo, Director of Communications to learn more about modern pork production in Kansas and how Kansas Pork works for its farmers.
Kansas Pork has long been a supporter Kansas FFA and participates regularly in the annual tour.
Participants in this year's tour were FFA State Officers were president, Lindy Bilberry from the Garden City FFA chapter; vice-president Carrie Carlson from the Centre FFA chapter; secretary, Chance Huley from the Riverton FFA chapter; treasurer Cody Holliday from the Jackson Heights FFA chapter; reporter Daryl Simmons from the Minneapolis FFA chapter, and sentinel Elizabeth Allen from the Holton FFA chapter.
The national officer candidate participating in the tour with the state officers was Jordan Pieschl from the Ell-Saline FFA chapter.
The Kansas FFA Association is a statewide organization of 8,343 agricultural education students in 162 chapters across the state. 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 the Kansas FFA website for more information.