“My husband, Chuck, and I were born and raised on the farm. When we married in 1975, our dream was to farm and raise our family on our family farm. We have cultivated that dream all these years, and now our children, Michael and Kelly, are both grown, graduated from K-State, and have returned to live and work their own farm dreams and raise their families on the farm as well. There are few things that my grandsons like more than to ride on the combine or in the tractor whenever their daddies are working in the field. FFA represents our lives in more ways than I realize, as it represents agriculture with intelligence, respect, and pride. Agriculture has become so much more than planting seed to reap a harvest, and we need every aspect of agriculture in today’s education to help us feed the world. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you eat, agriculture is involved, and who better to reach the world than our youth? Go FFA!”

Debbie Springer, Independence, Kan.