“I can. We will.” Everywhere you look around the 90th annual Ohio FFA Convention, you will see these words posted. This is the theme for the National FFA Organization, but this statement also describes the way Ohio FFA members take on new challenges. Every year in May, FFA members from all across Ohio travel to Columbus to represent their high school chapters, compete in Career Development Events, and receive recognition for all of their efforts that year.
Aside from participating in the talent show and listening to keynote speakers, such as Eddie George, FFA members love to explore the career expo that takes place at convention. This year, the OBIC Bioproducts Innovation Center was able to participate in the career expo and conduct our education and outreach program, the Sustainable World tour. The career expo was filled with college recruiters and perspective future employers for the FFA members to discover. Right in the front of the Bricker Building, the Sustainable World tour van was setup to educate Ohio FFA members and convention guests about the growing bioeconomy. This event was the perfect opportunity to display our new teaching tool, an interactive jeopardy style game. The new jeopardy game we have utilized allows participants to compete against each other and test their knowledge of the bioeconomy.
Ohio FFA members will make up a significant part of the future bioeconomy workforce. Their scientific literacy and advanced agricultural knowledge will prove to be essential if we are to produce 1 billion tons of biomass in the United States annually, by the year 2030. After seeing Ohio FFA members racking up points in jeopardy and competing in the Ag Science Fair, I know they possess the necessary knowledge and leadership skills; I am confident that the future of the bioeconomy is in good hands.
This article was written by Bradley Collins, OBIC Student Assistant and Senior at The Ohio State University.