Valdosta Daily Times

March 13, 2013

Encouraging students to learn

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The South Georgia region was built on its forest resources, and today, forestry is still an excellent vocation and viable career path for many students.

For students in FFA at schools across the region, the opportunity to learn skills in school that translate into jobs later is invaluable and an essential aspect of the program’s purpose.

The Langdale Company has hosted the event for more than 30 years, helping to train 180 potential foresters while teaching best practices and forest management to yet another generation.

These students compete in several categories, all designed to test their knowledge of tree identification, land measurement, timber cruising, and more. Students hone their skills at regional competitions before advancing on to state competitions and beyond.

Not all skills can be taught on a computer and not all careers, now or in the future, will rely solely on technology, particularly when it comes to agriculture, forestry, horticulture and raising lifestock. The various hog and steer shows, the forestry days, the ham and egg show and more all help teach today’s youth skills that will translate well into just about any career they choose.

Encouraging students the necessity of learning basic skills falls to today’s teachers, and supporting these students in their endeavors falls to the many businesses and associations that sponsor these events.