By W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, National FFA Organization
Welcome to the “new” and improved FFA New Horizons magazine!
Your magazine, once called The National Future Farmer, has come a long way since it was created in October 1952 to be the official member magazine of the National FFA Organization. Over a nearly 60-year span, the magazine has evolved and changed with the times. Today it continues to play a vital role in the lives of FFA members.
The magazine has featured more than 300 dynamic covers and thousands of informative articles on agriculture and careers. It has highlighted countless FFA chapters and members. Certainly, it has provided inspiration, advice and humor for generations of FFA students, parents, teachers and supporters.
During the 2010 National FFA Convention, the delegates discussed ways to improve FFA New Horizons. We listened to everything they had to say and, based on their recommendations, we created the magazine that is in the hands of thousands of readers. FFA New Horizons now features more in-depth stories about major issues in agriculture as well as fast facts and statistics about agricultural products. Every page has a new look, and each issue will offer more pages and be printed on thicker, brighter paper. But don’t worry; we haven’t changed what you like most about the magazine—profiles of FFA members and chapters, stories about life in high school and spotlights on agricultural careers.
Another new, exciting addition to this issue of the magazine: the 2011 Blue Look Book. The look book features the 2010-2011 National FFA Officers in the latest FFA gear and styles for purchase at www.ffa.org/shop. Go back to school showing your FFA pride!
We hope you enjoy your new magazine and all the issues to come. We’d love to hear from you, so please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you think of the new look and feel of FFA New Horizons.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Well, we’re certainly not finished. We’re making way for bigger and better things to come!