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

A Part of History: Inside the Smithsonian FFA Jacket Donation

The blue jacket.

Since 1933, when the first jacket was worn to a national FFA convention, the piece of clothing has evoked many emotions. It is a tradition that evokes great pride and emotion. In 2015, that jacket, that sense of pride, will be shared with others who visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of the American Enterprise exhibit. Continue reading

FFA names 2014 American Star finalists

And then there were 16.

The finalists for the prestigious FFA American Star Awards were announced Monday, less than three months from the start of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. There, the four winners will be named in the areas of American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. Continue reading