Students will compete at national competition in October
"Greensboro, N.C. – Southern High Students were recognized for their understanding of state, national and international agricultural issues. The school’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter took first place at the state’s FFA convention, and will move on to compete in the national competition this October.
The competition asks the students to demonstrate the pros and cons of a current agricultural issue and present forums on their topic during the conventions. The Southern High students presented the topic: “U.S. Raised Chicken Exported to China for Processing.” For their research, students talked to Triad businesses, agricultural professors and state and federal legislators about everything from trade relations with China to food safety and consumer perception.
“I was worried the students wouldn’t be interested in legislative matters; however, they became very passionate about this topic since it affects consumers directly,” said advisor Melanie Griffin. “This event helped the students realize the influence government regulations have on U.S. citizens on a daily basis, and as a result, the students began encouraging their peers to become more knowledgeable about USDA and FDA policies. They also developed analytical and critical thinking skills that will help them in future careers and enable them to be informed citizens.”
The national competition will be held Oct. 28 – 31 in Louisville, Ky."
- A Press Release