See how FFA accepted the #IceBucketChallenge

It started Tuesday.

Naturally, we had to respond. And so we did — Wednesday, right here in the parking lot of the National FFA Center! That’s when National FFA CEO Dr. Dwight Armstong and the National FFA Officer Team all joined the #IceBucketChallenge to gain awareness for ALS.

Check out how they fared — one of those buckets went a little awry — and see who we challenged next. Continue reading

2014 FFA Honorary Award Recipients Announced

FFA relies on the support of exceptional teachers, individuals and companies to provide life-changing experiences for its members.

Each year, at the National FFA Convention & Expo, those who have made outstanding contributions to FFA are honored with Distinguished Service Citations, VIP awards or the Honorary American FFA Degree. In 2014, those recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo on Friday, Oct. 31.

Be sure to check out the list of recipients: Continue reading

2014 National Finalists: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair

The news many of you have been waiting for is here!

Friday we announced the 2014 national finalists for several award areas in three programs: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, National Chapter Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair. These awards, listed below, honor the best and brightest of FFA nationwide in so many different areas, and we could not be more proud to celebrate your accomplishments at the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo this fall in Louisville! Continue reading

June Hunger Heroes Challenge Winner: Cedar Key FFA

FFA members from the Cedar Key FFA Chapter in Florida.

We’re excited to announce June’s winner of the monthly FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge: Florida’s Cedar Key FFA Chapter!

To date, Cedar Key FFA has donated 7,000 pounds of fresh fish and vegetables to a community food pantry. The local area has dealt with the effects of the poor economy, the recent Gulf oil spill and a problematic red tide, leaving many in need. Continue reading

USDA Launches New Website for New Farmers and Ranchers

#NewFarmers_KidField

Farmers work hard. They work to produce food that will eventually be on our dinner plate, while dealing with unpredictable weather, long hours and countless risks. New farmers face more obstacles with starting their operations with acquiring land, equipment and capital as well as learning about regulations and insurance policies.

With these new challenges, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hopes to guide the next generation of farmers for their future careers. As FFA members are also preparing to be future leaders in the industry, USDA’s New Farmers website could be used as a valuable resource. Continue reading