Hollister marks National FFA Week a little early

SBHS members give presentations on career skills.

The San Benito High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) agricultural program celebrated National FFA Week from Feb. 11-17 —a week early due to the mid-winter recess.

National FFA Week gives members opportunities to educate the public about agriculture.

Hollister FFA President Railyn King said agriculture is part of our daily lives, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear.

“National FFA Week is time for FFA members to host activities that raise awareness about the role the FFA plays in the future of agriculture and the importance of agricultural education,” King said.

This year, the group put on an FFA Day, where students in agricultural leadership courses gave presentations on opportunities available to other students. Hollister FFA plans to continue the traditional bathtub races on March 1, weather permitting.

While the word “farmer” is in the name, FFA is more than that; it is an intercurricular program focused on teaching students different career skills through agricultural education.

Hollister FFA member Colby Robinson mentioned that students can be involved in numerous activities like conferences, Career Development Event judging teams and leadership teams.

“FFA teaches students skills that you will need for the rest of your life,” said Robinson.

King and Robinson want events like National FFA Week to raise awareness among students so that the program can prosper.

“I think it is important for everyone in our community to be involved in agriculture because there is such a disconnect between the consumers and agriculture,” said Robinson.

Said King: “Agricultural education sparks new student interests, opening the door for students to discover potential future careers. Our community is based off agriculture and agriculture is needed for survival.”


Blaire Strohn

Blaire Strohn was a popular and vivacious reporter for BenitoLink. Blaire passed away Sept. 25, 2019 after doing her best for years to heroically ignore the limitations of Cystic Fibrosis. Despite these challenges, she was a graduate student at Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Blaire also graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Born and raised on a cow/calf operation ranch in Paicines, Blaire was passionate about the agriculture community and western way of life.