2017-18 National FFA Officer Team Elected

cindy zimmerman

Students from Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and Oklahoma were elected to serve on the 2017-18 National FFA Officer team. Breanna Holbert, an agricultural education major at California State University of Chico, made history as the first female African American elected as National FFA president. Her fellow officers include: National Secretary – Erica Baier, agricultural education major at Iowa State …

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Secretary Sonny Attends First FFA Convention

cindy zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue attended his first National FFA Convention this week and held a press conference to take questions about various topics, prior to addressing the group’s opening general session. Perdue appeared at the press conference with six members of the FFA policy committee. “I’m looking at our House and Senate Congress behind me here,” Perdue joked. The secretary …

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National FFA Kicks Off Today

cindy zimmerman

Today is the official start of the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, but the blue coats have been seen around the city for the past week, since the national officer team joined state and local officials last Thursday in a welcoming ceremony that included turning the downtown Indy canal blue. This year, the theme of the convention and expo …

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GROWMARK Announces 2018 Essay Contest Theme

carrie muehling

For the past 25 years, GROWMARK has challenged students to think creatively about the future of agriculture and how cooperatives can continue to thrive and contribute to the industry through an annual essay contest. This year’s 2018 GROWMARK Essay Contest asks students “How can cooperatives demonstrate their value to the next generation of agriculturists?” All high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa, …

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Farm Bureau and FFA Work for Ag Education

cindy zimmerman

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization have signed a memorandum of understanding to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. The MOU outlines how the two organizations will work together to discover opportunities that benefit both their members and agricultural education students in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was signed in …

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Culver’s Sponsors FFA Day at #CattleCon17

Jamie Johansen

As part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, the restaurant is sponsoring an FFA Day at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show on Friday, Feb. 3, in Nashville, TN. The restaurant will cover registration fees for the first 250 FFA members who register to attend the trade show using the promotion code “FFACULVERS”. “The NCBA trade show is …

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Merck Helps #SpeakAg at #TransformFFA

Jamie Johansen

Merck Animal Health is a devout supporter of the National FFA Organization, which was evident throughout the 89th National FFA Convention with their sponsorship of the opening session, lanyards and presence in the expo. I caught up with Cameron Aguiar, national accounts manager, Merck, who said, “FFA is the future of America. We find value in educating kids on the …

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FFA Proficiencies Lead to Future Career in Ag

Jamie Johansen

Winners of the 2016 National Agricultural Proficiency Awards were announced during the sixth general session at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. These awards honor FFA members who, through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Our two coverage sponsors also sponsored proficiency award categories to further their …

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FFA To Farm Bureau: Life After the Blue Jacket

Lizzy Schultz

Attendees at the 2016 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis had a blast visiting the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) booth, which offered FFA members the chance to dress up in wacky accessories and pose for photos with the AFBF photo frame. “Our hope is that we can bring FFA members into our booth, help them have a really …

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33,000 lbs Protein Donated by Tyson’s at #TransformFFA

Jamie Johansen

During the 89th National FFA Convention, Tyson Foods donated a truck load of protein to Gleaners Food Bank as part of the National FFA Days of Service. The truck carried 1,546 cases of chicken totally over 33,000 pounds of protein and 100 FFA member volunteers took time to unload it all. I stopped by the Tyson Foods booth during the …

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