Spend with a Purpose: Support FFA on #GivingTuesday

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the days that immediately follow Thanksgiving are some of the biggest days of the year for gift-buying and deal shopping. But did you know there’s a day after all the spending and all of the shopping to do something larger – give back?

#GivingTuesday – in 2014, it’s Tuesday, Dec. 2 – started as a simple idea and has become a global day for people to come together to give something more to charities, families, businesses, community centers and students. It’s the global day of giving back. Continue reading

New FFA.org Website Previewed During 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

In early February, an all-new FFA.org will go live. It will be culmination of work that started more than a year ago to develop a website that’s more user-friendly and feature-rich. We hope it will be the easiest and quickest way to learn about FFA ever, and an invaluable online resource for anyone seeking information about programs, applications, events, awards, applications and more.

To prepare for the 2015 launch, we invited attendees to the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo a chance to get a sneak peek of the new site. The exclusive look, at a central booth inside the National FFA Expo, gave FFA members, advisors and supporters a chance to check out an early version of the site and provide feedback. Continue reading

Help Locate These 2014 Unclaimed FFA Scholarship Recipients

The 2015 application for the National FFA Organization Scholarship Program is now available, but we’re still trying to get in touch with a few FFA members who haven’t claimed their educational assistance from 2014. Can you help?

Check out the list below — as of this writing more than 60 scholarships worth nearly $70,000 are unclaimed — and see if you know any of the FFA members listed. If you do, let them know that they need to contact FFA! Continue reading

Video: Meet the Winners of the 2014 FFA American Star Awards

Sixteen FFA members were nominated as finalists for the 2014 American Star Awards over the summer, and arrived at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo hoping to earn the title of winner in one of four areas.

Those results were announced on Nov. 1 in Louisville, and now you can see exactly what these talented FFA members do to earn such a prestigious award.  Continue reading

Illinois Community Raises Funds, Support for Injured FFA Member Hayden Schaumburg

Hayden Schaumburg is like so many other FFA members. He’s active in his Watseka FFA Chapter as its president, serves his state FFA association and participates in other school activities. This willingness to get involved has made Hayden a well-known member of his Watseka, Ill., community.

And that involvement is why so many are rallying around Hayden as he fights back from a tragic accident. Continue reading

Six Elected as 2014-15 National FFA Officer Team

Students from Georgia, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky and New Mexico have been elected by delegates from throughout the United States to serve on the 2014-15 National FFA Officer team. Continue reading

National FFA President Brian Walsh: FFA Members Have a Story to Tell

By Abbey Nickel

Of all the stories FFA members heard during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, 2013-2014 National FFA President Brian Walsh reminded them during his retiring address of what he believes is the most important story of all: Their own story.

Walsh told the crowd that because he didn’t believe he had an extraordinary story to tell, he couldn’t be a success or an inspiration to others – but he realized that your story doesn’t have to be unusual in order to be a success.

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