Bullitt East grows opportunities for students with new FFA chapter

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By Mary Barczak

 MOUNT WASHINGTON -- A new club has come to Bullitt East High School. One that agriculture teacher Dustin Gosser will help students to invest in their future.

“Agriculture is one of the main things our nation’s built on,” said Gosser. “It’s important to everyday life even though it is often overlooked.”

This year Bullitt East started a local chapter of the national FFA organization.

Formerly called Future Farmers of America, Gosser, who is the coordinator of the chapter, said the name was changed to show students that you don’t have to live on a farm to join.

“Most of my students that I have don’t live on a farm,” said the first-year teacher. “There are so many ways students can be involved without living on a farm.”

In addition to the new club, BE also added some agriculture classes this year which are also taught by Gosser.

He said he tries to teach his students the importance of agriculutre in their lives.

“Basically anything you can think of ties to agriculture: eating three times a day and the clothes you wear,” Gosser said.

Agriculture has changed over the years, he said. It used to be about “being on a farm and growing crops,” but now as the population grows and farm land decreases, it will be about how to grow more on less land. 

This will in turn provide an opportunity for jobs such as scientists, biologists, vets, floral designers and others.

“We call it modern agriculture,‚“ Gosser said.

He said he hopes involvement in either the chapter or classes will allow students to realize that they have more career options besides business or ROTC.

Students who want to join the club must be enrolled in at least one agriculture class and pay a $20 membership fee which will allow them to participate in any national or state FFA event for the year.

Throughout the year Gosser said he hopes to get club members involved with different types of service. 

FFA already helped to clean up around the soccer field this year before a soccer game honoring English teacher Brian Walters, who died in a car accident in October.

Gosser said he’s had a lot of interest for the club this year and has had about 50 students sign up so far, but there’s always room for more. If interested in joining, email him at dustin.gosser@bullitt.kyschools.us.