SACRAMENTO-California Governor Gray Davis has reaffirmed his commitment to the Future Farmers of America by proclaiming February 18-23 as California FFA Week.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr. hosted six FFA state officers this week at CDFA headquarters. The young leaders all received copies of the proclamation and enjoyed an opportunity to converse with Secretary Lyons and other CDFA staff members.
"FFA has helped prepare thousands of outstanding young people for careers in agriculture," said Secretary Lyons. "This is a program that encourages students to achieve at a high level in the classroom and in agricultural training. This program will continue to benefit from Governor Davis' support for many years to come."
FFA has more than 54,000 members at 300 high schools in California. It has been part of the public educational system for more than 60 years, promoting leadership skills, good citizenship and a strong work ethic.
Agriculture is a $27 billion industry in California and accounts for one in every ten jobs.
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