April 19, 2024

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Meigs FFA students work on the group’s greenhouse. Photo by Jennifer Dunn.

Meigs FFA copes with COVID-19 guidelines

POMEROY, Ohio – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, schools and their organization’s have either shut down or are unable to do outside events. How has “Future Farmers of America” (FFA) been coping with COVID-19 guidelines and how are they able to do activities safely?

A Meigs FFA student waters plants in the organization’s greenhouse. Photo by Jennifer Dunn.

FFA is usually one of the most active organizations at Meigs High School, but when COVID-19 hit a year ago, everything grinded to a halt. This includes the activities FFA usually does like State and National FFA conventions, Soil Judging, and the raising of chickens and lambs.

Speaking with Jenniferr Dunn, a Animal Science Technician and one of the FFA teachers, said this about how COVID-19 has affected their projects, “All of our contests have been virtual, it really takes the fun of competing really.” When asked if there were any positives that COVID-19 brought, she responded with, “Coronavirus has given FFA members to think outside the box. COVID-19 has also been providing a way for students to be more familiar with technology.”

Now FFA has been working on their greenhouse growing flowers and vegetables and building a barn to raise their chickens and lambs. Upcoming events for FFA include meeting with Meigs County Commissioners and the Farmers Bureau on March 24 for their annual FFA week. They are also preparing for their annual FFA Banquet which will take place sometime during the spring season.