Students recognize farming community
by Mark Andrews
Mar 20, 2013 | 2198 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Madi Cornett, left, and Chantell Matthews, Cass High School FFA officers, make their way with Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor to the steps of the county Agriculture Center where the county was recognized for its support of FFA on the 40th Anniversary of National Agriculture Day. Cornett and Matthews also visited area businesses and presented them plaques for their support. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Madi Cornett, left, and Chantell Matthews, Cass High School FFA officers, make their way with Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor to the steps of the county Agriculture Center where the county was recognized for its support of FFA on the 40th Anniversary of National Agriculture Day. Cornett and Matthews also visited area businesses and presented them plaques for their support. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Tuesday, March 19, was the 40th annual National Agriculture Day, and in Bartow County, members of the Cass High School Future Farmers of America organization spent the day traveling to thank all those who have been instrumental in helping the county grow.

“The national FFA organization has different activities members can do on Agriculture Day. A lot of chapters are doing brunches for the farmers around their community, and we wanted to do something different and instead of having them all come to one place ... So we decided we would go around presenting certificates and as a token of appreciation for the farmers in our community,” member Chantell Matthews said.

Member Madi Cornett’s said her involvement in FFA and interest in agriculture is a family tradition.

“My whole family has done [FFA] and I live on a farm, and so it’s kind of what I’ve grown up with and I’m real interested in [agriculture]. It’s something you have to have a heart for,” Cornett said.

She added, “[Farmers] give so much to us and it’s just something little we can give back, and we really appreciate everything that has been given to us.”

Among those presented with certificates was Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor.

“We wanted to get with Mr. Taylor and just thank him for everything he does to support agriculture and our whole county,” Matthews said.

Taylor, whose father was a cotton and cattle farmer and who a former FFA member himself, said he appreciates seeing the traditions of agriculture and awareness for local farming live on as the population and infrastructure changes in Bartow County

“It speaks well of these young folks and it speaks well of our community to support these programs that are in our community,” Taylor said.

“We’re just so proud of these young folks for being future leaders of agriculture and business. FFA is import not just in the aspect of agriculture, but it trains them in so many aspects of life and responsibilities.”

He added, “The experience they have in high school FFA, they’ll carry it all their life. I know I was in FFA in high school and still remember those times well and the fun we had with it.”

Members also presented a proclamation to those visited on Tuesday. According to the proclamation, which was read to Taylor by Matthews, “... We know that food and fiber doesn’t just arrive at the grocery store — or magically appear on our dinner table or in our closet. There’s an entire industry dedicated to providing plentiful and safe food for consumption — as well as a wide range of comfortable, fashionable clothing choices. We rely on agriculture for the very necessities of life. From beef and pork to cotton and corn, agriculture is working harder than ever to meet the needs of Americans and others around the world.”

Businesses visited by the Cass FFA included Holt’s Pharmacy, Storage Key, Tri-County Gin & Warehouse, Ladds Farm Supply, Taylor Farm Supply, John Deere and Husqvarna.