The Union High School FFA recently celebrated National FFA Week.

The week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week in 1947 at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting.

FFA Week always runs from Saturday to Saturday, and encompasses Feb. 18, Washington’s birthday.

Tuesday featured the annual tractor parade and the day where all the agriculture students were encouraged to wear their official dress.

A line of tractors driven by members traveled through Union and the blue corduroy jacket could be seen everywhere in the hallways of Union High during school hours.

The students were also able to experience guest speakers, which included a veterinarian, crane operator, agribusiness salesman, and conservation agent.

They all gave inspiring presentations that explained their role in agriculture and how the students could get involved.

Then, FFA members went to the movies and watched “Jumanji.”

Wednesday was cherry pie day, rubber boot and hat day, and Super Farmer day.

Many of the chapter’s members baked and brought in numerous cherry pies for the teachers to enjoy.

Pie was given to all teachers, staff, and to local businesses that helped with Union’s FFA Week festivities.

FFA Members flooded the hallways with hats, rubber boots, and an abundance of FFA apparel.

The Super Farmer activity is comprised of several agriculture-related mini games that are to be completed in the fastest time possible.

Each team had two people on it who had to work together to get through the many different obstacles.

Each school hour had a winner and the honor in competing in the championship after school.

This year, the winning team was Blake Fiedler and Taylor Eaker.

On Thursday the agriculture students at Union High had the honor to listen and participate in activities from three of Missouri’s state FFA officers.

Students who wore their official dress were invited to the greenhouse for a barbecue lunch.

After school, the Union FFA had its supporters barbecue. Many FFA members visited, along with their parents, to eat, socialize, and play yard games.

The barbecue was a great turnout, and showed how much Union FFA values and thanks all its supporters in the alumni and local businesses.

Friday the students and advisers went to Moline, Ill., to tour the John Deere Harvester Works, International Headquarters, and pavilion.

The students learned how combines were built, and all about what John Deere does for the world.

Today, there are more than 649,355 FFA members between the ages of 12 to 21 in over 7,800 chapters.

FFA is more than just “Cows, Sows, and Plows,” with over 7,000 agricultural science programs in high schools across the nation with 92 percent offering general agriscience and biotechnology.

We celebrate our achievements each year at the National FFA Convention, which this year hosted more than 54,000 FFA members, supporters and advisers.

FFA members are always looking for a way to help the community and make the world a better place by ‘Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, and Living to Serve.”

Article and photos submitted by Katie Feth, Union FFA Reporter.