Cultivating a New Generation
FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. It is because of FFA that many students attending colleges and universities across the United States have found a passion for the agricultural industry or a sector of it. FFA is producing students from each graduating class that are ready to take the world by storm, one college campus at a time. FFA is cultivating a new generation of agriculturalists, students invested in the technology, communicating and educating. Students like Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College sophomore, Caitlyn Corbran, who didn’t know when signing up for high school classes she was signing up for an investment in her future.
Caitlyn was raised with horses in a southwest Florida town of Bradenton, Florida, but was never truly exposed to agriculture until she signed up for her first course in Agriculture Foundations for her freshman year of high school. Although she tried to be removed from the course because she knew no one in the class, her teacher, Mrs. Grainger, found Caitlyn in the right place at the right time and asked her to show the chapter steer with a fellow classmate. At that moment Caitlyn was hooked.
“FFA has impacted my life and goals in more ways that I could ever imagined,” Caitlyn said. It taught me not to give up, taught me how to be a great speaker, led me to wanting a cow/calf operation of my own, but most of all FFA led me to a passion and future career as an Agriculture Educator.”
Prior to the FFA she wanted to be a small animal vet, but as her high school career continued Caitlyn watched and related in awe of how well she connected with and learned from her teacher, and noticed how she possess some of the same qualities that made Mrs. Grainger such a strong teacher, which lead to Caitlyn’s change in career goals. Caitlyn grew from uncertainty in being enrolled in an agriculture class to obtaining her State FFA Degree and is most recently among the less than 1% of students who obtain their American FFA Degrees.
Caitlyn plans to graduate from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a bachelor in agricultural education, and hopes to return home to Manatee County to teach. As the FFA cultivated Caitlyn’s passion, she hopes to continue the cycle and cultivate,” more knowledge to children about the agricultural industry and to produce new leaders, farmers and defendants to the backbone of our nation.”