The Gothenburg FFA is an agricultural science program with 286 active students and two teachers. The chapter boasts 136 members, and 11 officers (pictured at left), and is recognized as one of the premiere chapters at both the state and national levels.
Chapter members participate in various competitions throughout the year. They also help out with several community events as well as spearhead a number of projects for the school and community.
During National FFA Week Feb. 24 - 29, the students will be hosting a series of activities. Those include a visit from state officer Savannah Gerlach on Monday, a luncheon and tractor safety day on Tuesday, and the State and Greenhand Degree ceremony on Thursday. Members will travel to North Platte on Wednesday for district CDE competition. They will end the week with a blood drive on Friday, Feb. 28.
FFA was started in 1928, when 33 ag students gathered in Kansas City to solidify support for agricultural education. The following year at the second National FFA Convention, the delegates adopted national blue and corn gold as the official colors of the FFA. It has become the colors of one of the most recognizable symbols of FFA, the blue corduroy jacket.
The mission of the national FFA organization is to help students develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The national organization has grown to nearly 650,000 members in roughly 8,000 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nebraska has approximately 8,400 members in 185 chapters.