Assemblywoman Tenney Welcomes Future Farmers Of America to Capitol

March 10, 2011
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R,C,I-New Hartford) welcomed the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Future Farmers of America (FFA) group to the Assembly floor on February 28. The group, who was recently named the 2010 New York FFA Chapter of the Year, came to Albany to talk with lawmakers about the governor’s executive budget, which proposes to eliminate FFA’s entire $192,000 appropriation.

“It is exciting to see farming alive and well in Central New York,” said Tenney. “Farming is the economic backbone of this great state. Farmers across the state provide thousands of jobs and nutrition to residents here and across the country. FFA students not only study the many aspects of successful farming, they also have the opportunity to build strong leadership skills through their membership in FFA. As we continue to negotiate a budget, I will be working to help ensure their funding is not lost.”

The group’s moderator, Keith Schiebel, also was honored this year for his leadership as advisor of the program. He was named the 2010 Outstanding Teacher by the National Association of Agricultural Educators and has been selected as one of four National FFA Agriscience Teacher finalists. This is Schiebel’s second time as a finalist.