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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met virtually with Maine Future Farmers of America (FFA) State Officers to discuss the importance of supporting the agriculture industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the value in agriculture education for students.
“I met with an impressive group of Maine students from the FFA to discuss the importance of our agriculture industry, a vital part of our state’s economy and heritage,” said Senator Collins. “The FFA empowers these young people to develop leadership qualities, introduces them to agricultural careers, and trains them to become the next generation of farmers. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, I remain committed to supporting Maine’s current and future farmers.”
Participants included FFA State President Izabelle Higgins of Presque Isle High School, State Vice President Kerigan Guerrette of Caribou High School, and State Treasurer Brandon Dubie of Presque Isle High School.
The National FFA organization develops young leaders and provides educational and career opportunities to students. The Maine FFA has more than a dozen chapters across the state with upwards of 500 members.
Senator Collins recently joined her colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution establishing February 20-27, 2021, as National Future Farmers of America Week. The resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously, recognizes the important role the FFA serves in communities in Maine and across America.