by Jordyn Lechtenberg, Ainsworth, Nebraska
(Hoegemeyer Hybrids is a long-time supporter of FFA. This week on the DIRT, we invited Jordyn Lechtenberg, Nebraska State FFA President, to share her thoughts on National FFA Week.)
It’s National FFA Week! And FFA Chapters all across Nebraska are celebrating as they promote the theme of “Infinite Potential!”
National FFA Week was designated to take place during the week of George Washington’s birthday in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting. It gives FFA members the chance to share a message about agriculture in their schools and communities. Chapters do this in a variety of ways such as holding teacher appreciation breakfasts, doing presentations to elementary students and participating in projects around their community.
For me, as a Nebraska FFA member serving as state president this year, “Infinite Potential” means that there is no limit to what an individual can accomplish. As FFA members and the future of the agriculture industry, we can continue to grow in knowledge and success to influence our industry. This growth will never cease. And we will continue to build on our foundations as we strive to be life-long learners in all areas of our lives.
The phrase also reminds me that all individuals possess great potential. As leaders, it is our responsibility to identify and encourage those with great potential to excel as individuals to reach outstanding accomplishments. In addition, infinite potential provides Nebraska FFA members with motivation to continually improve our skills and achieve more than what we already have. These two simple words can inspire members and their chapters to go above and beyond to put in extra effort to achieve their goals in FFA, academics, careers and all other areas of their lives.
National FFA Week provides a great opportunity to encourage FFA members to tap into their potential to work towards success as State FFA Convention approaches. Nebraska State FFA Officers have the opportunity to travel to chapters across the state this week to interact with these talented members and learn about the activities and successes that members and chapters have achieved. It is incredible to watch FFA chapters celebrate and realize the huge impact the organization has in the lives of members.
Help FFA members across the nation celebrate this week of tradition, growth and success by reflecting on the potential that FFA has developed in all of us. Happy National FFA Week!!
(About the author: Jordyn Lechtenberg is the Nebraska State FFA President, Ainsworth FFA Chapter. Her family has a cow/calf operation and farm corn, soybeans and alfalfa. She attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Agricultural Banking and Finance and minoring in Entrepreneurship. Eventually, she would like to be a financial lender who helps entrepreneurs start a business or operation. Jordyn also plans to continue being an entrepreneur by owning livestock and owning a vineyard.)