Torrington City Council Proclaims this Week as National FFA Week

Feb 22, 2024 | Ag, Regional News

Torrington, WY February 22nd, 2024 — Torrington City Council members met for their final meeting of February this past Tuesday night. The agenda included a proclamation for National FFA Week, which runs from February 17th to February 24th.

Members of the Torrington/Lingle FFA Chapter were in attendance, including students Connor Booth, Jacob Durant, James Hall, and FFA Coach and Ag Instructor Sabrina Juma. The council invited the FFA members to the podium, and asked them about the success of their local chapter.

Council member Shane Viktorin pointed out that the ag program at THS is one of the fastest growing programs within the district, and asked Ms. Juma to speak about that.

“I would definitely say we’re the fastest growing within the district, but within the state of Wyoming, we took 46 members to Cheyenne last year for state convention. We have one of the biggest student bodies for FFA participation. This year, it’s looking the same. We have 55 kids signed up and that starts next week (FFA practice),” said Ms. Juma.

Ms. Juma then talked about the number of teams that went to the National FFA Convention this past year in Indianapolis.

“We took 3 teams. We took a livestock judging team, an agronomy team and a marketing plan team. We ended up with a 4th place finish in marketing plan, a 5th place finish in livestock judging, and our agronomy team was a silver emblem team – which means they finished in the top 2/3 of the nation. We took 11 kids to Indy for a week and that was fun.”

Mayor Herb Doby then read the proclamation.

“Whereas, FFA and agricultural education provide a strong foundation for the youth of America and the future of food, fiber, and natural resources systems; and

Whereas, FFA promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success among its members; and

Whereas, agricultural education and FFA ensure a steady supply of young professionals to meet the growing needs in the science, business, and technology of agriculture; and

Whereas, the FFA motto – “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve” – gives direction and purpose to these students who take an active role in succeeding in agricultural education; and

Whereas, FFA promotes citizenship, volunteerism, patriotism and cooperation.”

The council approved the proclamation unanimously.

This week’s council meeting also featured a list of liquor licenses that were up for renewal. The council unanimously approved the full list of licenses.

A proclamation was approved proclaiming March 12th as National Service Recognition Day.

An Ordinance relating to permits for utility work within city rights of way was approved on 2nd reading, the council approved a $5.00 rate increase for the Pioneer Park RV Camping site, and the council accepted a financial report form City Clerk/Treasurer Lynette Strecker.

You can watch the meeting below in it’s entirety.