Buzzing in and around the Capitol this week were high school students wearing their traditional blue jackets. Hundreds of Idaho FFA (Future Farmers of America) members from around the state met with Legislators and agricultural industry leaders for their annual Cenarrusa Day on the Hill. This event allows FFA members the opportunity to learn in person how public policy is formed by the Legislature. This experience provided the students a real hands-on experience in talking to Idaho Legislators about what’s going on in the agriculture industry and Idaho as a whole.
Named after Idaho’s former Secretary of State, Pete Cenarrusa, who passed away in 2013, this annual event honors his legacy. Cenarrusa began teaching ag classes at Cambridge and Carey High Schools. He went on to serve in Idaho’s Legislature and in the executive branch of State Government. Pete Cenarrusa served a total of 51 years, making him the longest serving public servant in Idaho’s history.