By:  Rebecca Herman

Freelance Writer”pring has sprung in Johnson County and with sunshine and warmer temperatures people are beginning to plan for their summer gardens, but there is a group that has been planting and harvesting all year.

This group is made up of Johnson County students who not only have a passion for agriculture, but also have a desire to be leaders and serve in a capacity that will benefit their communities; these students are members of Future Farmers of America (FAA) and take classes in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, and horticulture.
These programs are headed up by three exceptional teachers, who always put students first and who are passionate about the work in which they are involved. Thomas Boyd, Tracy Dugger, and Jerry Agan III, along with two technicians, Serena Wiggins and Angela Brown, work diligently each day to provide solid educational foundations as well as life changing experiences to students who otherwise may not be involved in any area focused class or club.
For some students, FFA has always been in their lives. Taylor Long, junior at JCHS, said, “This is in my blood. My grandmother was a tech in the greenhouse here, and my dad was a state FFA officer.”

Long plans to continue her education at Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, TN where she plans on majoring in agriculture. “Do the best and nothing less,” is Long’s mantra when it comes to life and work.
Plant life is not the only interest of students at JCHS, there are programs for those interested in raising and treating animals as well. Faith Poteet, junior, grew up on a farm and knows that getting a veterinarian in Johnson County is not always the easiest, especially in an emergency. Poteet plans on attending Middle Tennessee State University where she will major in pre-veterinary studies with a concentration in large animal care. Poteet said that being in FFA has helped her to “grow up a lot.”

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