By Anna Skinner
If there’s one myth Claire Baney wants to debunk, it’s that kids have to live on a farm to be a participant of Future Farmers of America.
The Hamilton Southeastern High School senior said that’s not it at all, and that students who live in neighborhoods and have no access to farmland are more than welcome in the national organization.
I want to go to Purdue and major in ag education, and that’s one reason why I’ve stuck with FFA and why it’s been such a great experience to be a part of,” Baney explained. “A common misconception especially in this area is you have to be a farmer or from a farm, and yes, we do have some members who show different livestock, but so many people who live in neighborhoods and have no ties to agriculture (are a part of FFA). It focuses around personal growth and leadership development.”
Through her years in FFA, Baney has given the FFA Creed, shown livestock, participated in mock job interviews and will participate in a talent show for singing at the National FFA Convention and Expo Oct. 18 to Oct. 22 when it comes to Indianapolis.
In addition to preparing for her competition, Baney serves as the HSE chapter president and the Section II director, which includes areas XXXX. The HSE chapter includes both Fishers and Hamilton Southeastern high schools and was established in 1967. Baney has served as president since April.
“FFA is primarily a leadership organization that focuses on developing students so that they will be successful in their prospective careers,” Baney said. “FFA members go on to be doctors, lawyers, and business executives, not just farmers.”
For more, visit ffa.org.