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FFA Article

Posted: February 26 2010

Off the Farm, Into the City

By Judy Keen, USA TODAY

ST. LOUIS — Andre Hall lives in the city and has never plowed a field or fed a hog, but he proudly wears the blue jacket long associated with the organization once called Future Farmers of America.

Hall, 18, is among 30 high-school students who belong to the FFA chapter at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy here. FFA is part of the curriculum in the school's biotechnology "pathway" that's preparing him for a job in the agriculture industry.
"It's something a lot of people wouldn't expect for urban kids," says Hall, who has fallen in love with plants and last summer helped his family plant their first vegetable garden. He plans to become a horticulturist and is an intern at Monsanto, a St. Louis-based seed company.
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