FFA members from across Iowa converged on the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism.

More than 500 high school students wearing blue corduroy from over 80 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Jan. 30.

The students visited with legislators, exhibit skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learn the importance of citizenship. This was all part of the 33rd annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol.

During the morning, FFA members heard from Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and Libby Crimmings of the World Food Prize who addressed students about the future of Iowa agriculture and the importance of being involved with statewide issues.

The FFA members also heard remarks from Governor Kim Reynolds about the importance young agriculturalists can play in the legislative process. Governor Reynolds then signed the FFA Week Proclamation, declaring Feb. 17-24, the week of President George Washington’s Birthday, FFA Week in Iowa.

The proclamation signing took place during a special ceremony at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates following legislative visits at the Iowa State Capitol Building.

“This was a great opportunity for the students to dialogue with legislators and learn about current policies that impact them,” said Brad Taylor, Roland-Story agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor.