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Future Farmers of America to donate their time to work

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Future Farmers of America to donate their time to work

FFA members (from left to right): Arli Luna (21), Natalia Rincon (21), Pedro Porras (20).

FFA members (from left to right): Arli Luna (21), Natalia Rincon (21), Pedro Porras (20).

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FFA members (from left to right): Arli Luna (21), Natalia Rincon (21), Pedro Porras (20).

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FFA members (from left to right): Arli Luna (21), Natalia Rincon (21), Pedro Porras (20).

Jose-Angel Estrada Barajas, Staff Reporter

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During the FFA dinner, the members held an silent auction, featuring local work, which included a wood-burning impression of the American Flag, from the Eaton community. The annual service sale followed the silent auction, in attendance by 11 businesses and 41 other winning bidders. In total, FFA has raised about $19,000 from the auction, the same as last year’s rough total the same as last year’s rough total, with $1,000 coming from Garrett Bean (20), who sold the highest out of all FFA members. The only requirement was that they had to bid at least ten dollars, but it was otherwise open for anyone to enter.

FFA has been celebrated as a means of encouraging agriculture to grow, especially while Colorado is starting to lose its farmland due to weakening agricultural economies. According to FFA member Hannah Friis-Hansen (21), FFA “promotes agriculture to the younger generations, and we each treat each other as a family.”

“The average sale this year is $277, a $123 difference”, said Melissa Achziger, advisor of the FFA chapter. The donation “goes to the Eaton High School’s FFA bank account to fund leadership conferences, field trips, anything else related to FFA”, Evelyn Ford (20), FFA member, said. Shea Baucke (20), another member of FFA, said “it was a good fundraiser for the FFA. If every team is auctioned off for $200, and there are 60 teams, that’s a lot of money being made.”.

The students are required to spend at least eight hours working under their customer’s supervision. Work can vary but is mostly menial labor. Much like the silent auction, the student auction was open to anyone who needed help doing anything with the minimum bid starting at $100.

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