Adams new state FFA treasurer


Mitchell AdamsCulver FFA member Mitch Adams was recently elected to the office of Oregon State FFA treasurer.

Adams has been very active in FFA since becoming a member as a freshman at Culver High School. He started working on parliamentary procedure skills as a freshman, and was chairman of that area for four years.

He also did public speaking for four years, and served as the Culver FFA Chapter vice president his sophomore, junior and senior years.

“I’ve gone to the state convention for four years, and was the district vice president for the last two years,” Adams said.

For FFA projects, he raised pigs for fair as a freshman, worked on a farm for two years, then went to work in the produce department of Erickson’s Thriftway, which counts toward business and career experience skills.

As far as running for a state office, Adams said, “I decided to run my freshman year while I was at the state convention. I was paling around with Ian (Oppenlander who was just elected state president) and we both thought that would be pretty cool. So, for the last four years that’s kind of been our plan.”

Both won an office and now get to serve together on the state officer’s team.

Since being elected March 24, Adams has been to a general officers training in Corvallis, and “Blast-Off” training in Pendleton. “We got a rough outline of what we’ll be doing this year, and learned how to run workshops and work together as a team,” he said.

Their first test came two weeks ago at the state executive meeting, where the new officers ran a meeting with all 12 district advisors and FFA district presidents, and handled all the state business currently happening.

This week, Adams said he and the other state officers, “will be facilitating the Central Oregon District Leadership Camp, which will be fun.”

As a senior graduating at CHS, Adams had been accepted at Eastern Oregon University to pursue an agricultural degree, but that’s been put on hold for a year while he serves as a state FFA officer.

“I intend to be an ag teacher, and this year’s experience will be very beneficial for my future career. We will be touring businesses all over the state to see where Oregon agriculture is at today, and where it will be headed,” Adams said.