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Collin Weltzien - Vice President
Arcadia FFA Chapter - Section 3
Supervised Agricultural Experience:
Dairy Production Placement
What was your favorite tradition or annual event from your FFA chapter?
One of my favorite Arcadia FFA traditions is "Drive Your Tractor to School Day." Every fall, in coordination with the National Farm Safety Week, members take a break from the school bus and have the chance to show off their unwavering pride in agriculture by parading their tractors through city streets on their way to school. Members get their convoys together and proudly wave to community members on their route through town before taking advantage of their VIP spots in the school parking lot. Whether it's driving in their family's restored antique tractor, the farm's self-propelled chopper, or even the zero-turn lawn mower, everybody has something to be proud of! And then, the debate between "red vs. green" gets real!
What is one thing you are looking forward to doing as a state officer in the future year?
What I'm looking forward to most this year are the conversations. The individual conversations I have with members, advisors, alumni, sponsors, industry professionals, and community members will make this journey a true once in a lifetime experience. No matter how big or small, the opportunity to connect and relate to others is something I will cherish throughout the year. I look forward to listening to the incredible stories of FFA members across my section and state while motivating them to step out of their comfort zones and capitalize on all that FFA has to offer. I also look forward to the variety of travel opportunities that will allow me to capture new perspectives while advocating for the agriculture industry and its future leaders.
This year's state theme is "Our Tradition. Our Future. Our Legacy." What are some ways that everyone can contribute to the legacy of FFA and agriculture?
Leaving a legacy is what FFA is all about. It's doing something that others will never forget. We as FFA members have a responsibility to carry on the tradition of excellence that has been established by the generations of hardworking agriculturists that have come before us. The reputation that so many have come to expect from those that wear the blue and gold was built on one principle: action. FFA members are doers, and that is precisely how we can leave our legacy. By finding what we love to do, what we're good at, challenging ourselves to grow, and putting our gifts into action, we can all make a difference in the lives of others. But perhaps, what may be even more exciting to think about than our individual legacies, is the legacy we have the opportunity to build together. It is up to us to take on the inspiring task of providing a safe, affordable, and abundant food supply while creating an educated consumer base in an exponentially growing world. With our relentless enthusiasm, we will all find our unique ways to contribute to achieving that goal. Together, we will ensure that the future of agriculture is a bright one. And that is a legacy that will live on long after we're gone.