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Farm broadcaster: Indy 'clueless' about FFA convention

October 18, 2010

Gary Truitt, a longtime Hoosier farm broadcaster, has a commentary on his Hoosier Ag Today website that Indianapolis residents might find interesting.

Indianapolis, Truitt says, has little understanding of the locally-based National FFA Organization and the annual convention it hosts here (this year’s confab begins Oct. 19). Indianapolis people are “mystified” by the official blue-and-gold jackets and “bewildered by the polite, articulate, and well-mannered young people,” he says.

Truitt goes on to say Indianapolis is largely unfamiliar with the organization, formerly called the Future Farmers of America, because it has a small presence in the city’s schools.

The FFA still harkens to its agricultural roots, he notes, but also does a great job of molding leaders through “hard work, teacher involvement and strict discipline.”

“The average FFA chapter stands in sharp contrast to the permissive, self-esteem-centered atmosphere of most public schools,” Truitt writes. His interviews with FFA leaders renew his hope that the next generation “is more than a bunch of texting, tweeting, iPhone toting, Halo playing dweebs.”

Strong views for sure. What do you think? Do Indianapolis people view the FFA Convention, in Truitt's words, as “a bunch of hayseed farm kids come to the big city to party”?
 

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