CHS Announces $1.5 Million Gift for FFA and Agricultural Education

Thursday was already going to be a great day — we were celebrating National Teach Ag Day – but it was made even better with a major announcement that will benefit FFA and agricultural education for years to come.

CHS, a global agribusiness involved in energy, grains and foods owned by U.S. farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, announced during National Teach Ag Day celebrations in Minneapolis a substantial, multi-year gift to the National FFA Foundation.  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.

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National Cattleman’s Beef Association Offers Free FFA Trade Show Registration

cattleFFA members are invited to the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention Trade Show Feb. 6 in Nashville, Tenn., free of charge thanks to a partnership between Ram Trucks and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

The offer is available only to the first 300 FFA members to register for the 7,000-person event, held Feb. 4-7 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The trade show is open to FFA members in this offer from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.

“This is a great partnership and an opportunity to showcase what America’s cattlemen and women stand for,” said NCBA President and Cody, Wyo., cattleman Scott George. “The student members of the FFA are the future leaders of our association and the cattle business. Bringing Ram Trucks and FFA youth together to the Cattle Industry Convention to network, learn and see the cattle industry in action is a great opportunity.”

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Educators Engage in Development Workshops at FFA Convention

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By Kelly Fager, National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Reporter

Advancing the future of agricultural education is important and who better to take up the cause than agriculture educators, who are always looking for ways to impact their FFA members.

One such successful method is inquiry learning, which teaches FFA members critical thinking, problem solving, communication and cooperative collaboration. Agriculture educators attending the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo this October learned how to weave inquiry learning into their classrooms during interactive professional development workshops. Topics ranged from agriscience to leadership and gave teachers the opportunity to discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials and learn strategies to increase student engagement. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Teach Agriculture

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Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons:

5. Ag teachers never have the same day twice

Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter.

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