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ECHS FFA kicks off another year with annual peanut boil
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State Reps. Ann Purcell and Jon Burns and state Sen. Jack Hill help out at the ECHS FFA’s peanut boil. - photo by Photo provided
Aug. 12 marked the beginning of another exciting year for Effingham County High School FFA members.  
After school on Thursday, the FFA had its annual peanut boil. There were approximately 50 members and guests present for the meeting. ECHS FFA was very excited to have such a great turnout and to have Sen. Jack Hill and Reps. Ann Purcell and Jon Burns present to help kick off the 54th year of Effingham County High School FFA. The ECHS FFA has monthly meetings for its members to get together, have fun, and build leadership skills.
Last year, ECHS FFA had 211 members, but is working hard to surpass last year’s membership.  
In 1988 the name of the club changed from the Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization in order to encompass the ever-changing world of agriculture. This was done to recognize the growth of agriculture and agricultural education to include the more than 300 careers in science, business and technology of agriculture. 
Today’s agriculture is very different than it was in 1928 because it involves much more than farming. The National FFA Organization is working hard to overcome the stereotypes that most American’s have of farmers and agriculture.
At Effingham County High School, FFA Members are enrolled in classes related to the four agriculture pathways. Students can graduate with real world knowledge in animal science/biotechnology, plant science/horticulture, forestry and wildlife, or agricultural mechanics.  Meredith C. Arrington, C.J. Satterfield and Dr. Freddie Waltz are the three agricultural education instructors at ECHS.
For information on becoming an Effingham County FFA member you can follow them on Facebook (search ECHS FFA), or send an email to or