By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Rotarians learned about Campbell County’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Tuesday’s luncheon held at the LaFollette Methodist Church.

Campbell County High School Junior Isaac Jones is racking up the public speaking events and presented an engaging program about the Future Farmers of America and “the amazing opportunities” it provides’ for students like him.

Jones is an FFA Officer. His title is Sentinel, which includes some very important duties, such as assisting the president in maintaining order, keeping the meeting room, chapter equipment and supplies in proper condition and keeping the meeting room comfortable. A main duty as Sentinel is to greet guests and visitors.

Campbell County High School Junior Isaac Jones presented a program about Future Farmers of America at Tuesday’s Campbell County Rotary Club meeting.

“The Sentinel is a big deal. The Sentinel is stationed by the door and is responsible for welcoming guests and visitors,” Jones said.

Jones is also the first student member of the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce and is also running for Regional Office in FFA. He’s also going to Washington, D.C., this summer on an FFA Leadership experience. 

“Isaac is going to be one of our leaders of tomorrow; we’re blessed to have someone with his passion for his community,” said Rotary Club President Brandon Johnson when he introduced Jones on Tuesday.

Jones spoke about the many school and career opportunities that FFA has opened for him and his fellow students.

“We are all about leadership in FFA. We have about 200 members in FFA at Campbell County High School. We’re very blessed here in Tennessee; every student that takes an agricultural class gets their membership dues paid in FFA,” Jones said.

He showed a Power Point Presentation with photos from of the FFA Club’s trips such as the group visit to the UT Knoxville campus and the National Convention trip to Indianapolis. 

One of his favorites was soil judging through a Career Development Event (CDE).

“We worked for weeks on this studying soil samples. Caree Development events are for learning hands on skills in a group,” Jones said.

Other learning opportunities include Supervised Agricultural Experiences or SAE’s.

“It’s part of our grade. Last year, I had about 80 hours of SAE. It carries on over into our career,” Jones said, adding that the high school has some amazing agriculture courses like vet sciences and greenhouse, just to name a few.

Being in FFA is helping him choose a career path and though what he wants to do “changes weekly,” he said he knows he wants to attend college at UT Knoxville, and that he’s looking at an agriculture education degree or an agriculture business degree.

“I would love to advance in FFA. It’s my home. I love our county and our people; the connection we have in our county is unlike any other. Community pride can start with friendship,” Jones said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/20/2024-6AM)