HOWARD — Exemplary leadership, motivated students and strong community support have combined to make the East Knox vocational agriculture program, and its Future Farmers of America, one of the best in the state.
In addition to the usual classroom and lab activities, every East Knox vocational agriculture student belongs to the local chapter of the FFA.
“FFA,” said instructor and advisor Tom Holton, “is not an extracurricular activity; it is an integral part of our curriculum.”
One aspect of FFA is taking part in supervised agriculture experiences, or SAEs. Those give the students the opportunity to apply academic and occupational skills in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment. An SAE could be raising and selling animals or crops, a placement or internship in agriculture, food or natural resources-related businesses, and planning and executing an agriculture research project or a service-learning project.