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

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

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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2014 American FFA Star Awards Results

In the Eighth General Session of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, the four winners of the most prestigious FFA awards were revealed.

The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Continue reading

National FFA Officer Team Turns Team Boyband at 87th National FFA Convention & Expo

We really shouldn’t be surprised that it happened — it was really always going to come to this after the election a year ago — but we’re a little surprised about how well it was choreographed.

Yeah, the 2013-14 National FFA Officer Team went full boy band Friday night at convention. Team Boyband. Continue reading

FFA Members Cultivate Superpowers for Health and Happiness

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – Did you know you have superpowers? You do! It is within the realm of control to make healthy choices every day that can lead to a powerful future. In the “Cultivate Your Superpowers 101” workshop at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, FFA members acquired tools to help cultivate their inner wisdom to make wiser choices to unlock their natural superpowers.

Presenters Chaney Mosley and Anne Knapke explained to FFA members how overall health is a result of the choices we make. “We can embrace our inner wisdom to unlock the superpowers we have to be our best self every day. Our attitude and the choices we make are connected to our health,” Knapke said. Continue reading

Make-A-Wish Granted to Attend National FFA Convention & Expo

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – Imagine if you could have one wish granted; what would it be? To meet a celebrity, travel to an exotic place, become wealthy or be famous for a day?

For FFA member Ashley Denslow of the Brandon FFA Chapter in Florida, her one wish was to attend the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., with her parents and best friend. Now, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the 17 year old has been granted her wish. Continue reading

Justin Moore and Easton Corbin Share Their Secrets to Career Success

By Lauren Schwab

LOUISVILLE – The KFC Yum! Center quickly filled with thousands of FFA members Wednesday evening during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in anticipation of country music sensations Justin Moore and Easton Corbin.  While their musical talent and flawless stage presence captivated the audience, the artists remind FFA members of the hard work behind stage to achieve career success. Continue reading