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National Farmers Org Elects First Black Woman as President

The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) made history recently, electing its first African-American woman to the office of president.

Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University of Chico, was named at the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis on Oct. 28 by thousands of delegates to represent the organization nationally.

Holbert stated on her Instagram account what the historic moment meant to her.

“This is my reality. Unique, beautiful, challenging and all encompassing,” she said. “This jacket, this experience of a lifetime means nothing without the family, friends, advisers and mentors who have guided me and loved me without question. You are why I am here. I am so blessed.”

Holbert will commit to a year of service to the organization, traveling more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders and the general public.

The team of national officers will lead personal growth and leadership training conferences for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of the organization and promote agricultural literacy.

In 1928, 33 students from 18 states gathered in Kansas City, Mo., to form Future Farmers of America. Since its founding, African-Americans in leadership positions have been scarce.

In 1974, Fred McClure was the first African-American elected as a national officer and in 1994, Corey Flournoy was the first African-American male voted as president.

Holbert is one of six African-Americans to hold a national office, NBC News reported.

Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA, said Holbert, along with her teammates, “have the leadership skills to lead our organization during this next year.”

“Together, she and her team will help tell the story of FFA and agricultural education and create awareness around premier leadership, personal growth and career success,” he told NBC News.

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Sarafina Wright –Washington Informer Staff Writer

Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at E-mail: Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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