Cody Morris of Mattoon is getting a taste of statewide leadership. He’s the state president of FFA. He wants to “work with my team as best we can to bring that family feeling into leadership as best we can,” he says. He says FFA is on a similar trajectory to agriculture: “We’re building our membership each year; we’re on the rise.” He is taking a year off from his studies at Lake Land College but expects to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an ag-related field eventually.
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You don’t have to be a farmer to be in FFA, but Morris does raise sheep and cattle.