WILLIAMSPORT -- The Covation Center hosted the Pennsylvania State FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) officers and their executive director Michael Brammer, for an orientation session on Thursday, February 28, 2019. In addition, the FFA Foundation Director, Sarah Sparks, accompanied the officers. During the session Dr. Steve Brady, Executive Director of the Covation Center, provided an overview of the activities of the Covation Center in supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.
The state officers and Brady discussed the various opportunities for the Covation Center to support the FFA Mission to make “a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.” Over the course of the three-hour meeting the officers, all elected by their peers at the annual meeting last June, explained the various programs and competitions currently offered that build the leadership, business, and agricultural knowledge and skills needed to be successful in all agricultural related fields, as well as to be a leader in society. Brady shared how his experience in FFA, tied with his business background, will help the Covation Center develop programs specific for the young agriculturalists coming through the FFA programs around the state. Areas of specific interest included the “So you want to start a small business” workshop as well as potentially providing mentoring for students interested in agri-business.
FFA is active here in Lycoming County as well, with the Montoursville Chapter of the FFA shaping future agricultural leaders as part of their ongoing agricultural education program.
Brady touched on the importance of farming for all of us. “Agriculture is the true backbone of our nation. It really is ‘what’s for dinner’ and I have a deep appreciation for all participants in our food supply chain. It is an honor to be working again with the FFA and being able to contribute in this new way.”