On September 27, 2023, Mississinawa Valley-MVCTC FFA Chapter members attended the Ohio Legislative Leadership Conference. The conference was held at the Ohio Statehouse. The four members who attended were Aldon Edger, Daniel Hartzell, Dylan Wehrkamp, and Diana Rodriguez.
At the conference, they learned ways to promote agricultural education, were informed about important issues, and got ready to speak with legislators. They heard Ohio’s 82nd District Representative Roy Klopfenstein and Ohio FFA President Luke Jennings speak about leadership.
The students also did a simulation of passing or denying bills. Some topics debated included whether oil drilling in state parks should be legal, whether farmers should have to give consent for solar panels to be near their land, and whether online education should be widely offered or only selectively offered to children, decided by the school’s superintendent.
They then toured the Statehouse Museum and a map of the counties set in marble. After the workshop, they attend a luncheon with Ohio legislators.
This was a great opportunity for the members who attended! The Mississinawa Valley Agriculture program is a satellite of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.