Earth Day 2014: Vernon FFA (Fla.) Tackles River Cleanup

Editor’s Note: FFA members care about their education, their community and their environment. On Earth Day 2014, here’s one story about an FFA chapter making a difference in all three areas. This story is adapted from an article appearing in the winter 2014 edition of New Visions — the official newsletter of the National FFA Alumni Association.

Holmes River

Holmes River

At the heart of Washington County, Fla., is the Holmes River. Locally called “Holmes Creek,” the natural waterway is the center of community activities for boaters, fishermen, canoers and kayakers and swimmers. It flows for miles through the county, beginning as a tiny stream and continuing to grow as it is fed along the way by several springs.

Holmes Creek is often filled with boaters, fishermen, kayakers and swimmers, depending on the season. ‘Going to the creek’ is probably the favorite recreation for most of the youth in and around the town of Vernon. It also draws visitors from surrounding counties. Continue reading

Support FFA with Ram Trucks’ Next Crop Project on April 26

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On April 26, you can support FFA just by taking a test drive.

As announced during the CBS broadcast of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, Ram Trucks is continuing its support of the National FFA Organization with “The Next Crop Project.

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National FFA Foundation Honored by Department of Defense

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (right) joins Ethan Miller (left) and Ryan Gallagher (back) from the National FFA Foundation on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Thursday in Indianapolis, the National FFA Foundation was recognized for supporting its employees who also serve in the military.

The foundation was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award at an event attended by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. FFA received the award for demonstrating everyday support of employee service members and their military obligation. Continue reading

2014 FFA State Convention Schedule

Photos from state FFA conventions around the country!

Photos from state FFA conventions around the country!

Wondering when your state FFA convention is? Wondering which member of the National FFA Officer Team will be stopping by your state? Or just interested to see how the rest of the FFA world works when it comes time for state conventions?

We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of state conventions from across the nation for all of the info. Have you already been to your state convention? Let us know how it went in the comments — or just send us your favorite selfie via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

 

Date — State — Visiting National Officer/Past National Officer

Feb 19-20 — Hawaii — Past National Officer
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March 24-26 — Massachusetts — Steven Brockshus
March 5-7 — Michigan — Jackson Harris
March 13-15 — Utah — Mitch Baker
March 18-21 — Nevada — Jackson Harris
March 21-24 — Oregon — Jason Wetzler
March 23-26 — Tennessee — Mitch Baker
March 26-27 — Delaware — Wes Davis
March 26-29 — Montana — Jason Wetzler

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National Ag Day: 8 agriculture facts you probably didn’t know

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Happy National Ag Day!

Today, March 25, we’re celebrating along with the Agriculture Council of America a day geared to recognize the abundance provided by agriculture. National Ag Day is all about celebrating and recognizing the contributions agriculture makes to our everyday lives.

Why celebrate and recognize? Well, the organizers explain that pretty well:

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.

By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.

Obviously, these goals fit in perfectly with the mission of FFA to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

In the spirit of National Ag Day, we developed a list of agriculture facts that you may not know. Check them out:

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