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FFA to PDA: Laura England

February 21, 2017

FFA to PDA: Laura England

What is your current role with PDA?

I am the Director of the Bureau of Market Development, a position I have held since September 2016. My team is responsible for commodity marketing, including the PA Preferred™ program, economic development and international trade – programs that support and promote Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses.

What was your favorite part of FFA?

I enjoyed participating in leadership activities, particularly serving as an officer and learning about parliamentary procedures. I also had the opportunity to play in the state FFA band (alto saxophone) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

How did FFA prepare you for the job you do today?  

I was always proud of the fact that I was a farm girl, and FFA provided an avenue for personal growth and further education about agriculture. Here we were a group of high school students who shared a similar passion. There was no doubt for many of us that our future careers would be in agriculture, whether running our own farms or working in the industry as I have done for all of my career.

What is the most important thing you learned from your time in FFA?

The FFA motto really resonated with me and pretty much sums up how I have approached life: “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.”

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