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

Smithsonian welcomes famous former FFA jackets

Former president Jimmy Carter stands with 2003 Georgia FFA Vice Presidents Rachael McCall and Alex Tolbert.

Former president Jimmy Carter stands with 2003 Georgia FFA Vice Presidents Rachael McCall and Alex Tolbert.

In the past few months, we’ve asked you to help the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History with your story of agricultural education. They’ve also been seeking old FFA jackets to add to their collection — but not just any FFA jacket.

Friday, all of your help came to fruition. Continue reading

Announcing the 2014-15 National FFA Theme

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All good things, they say, must come to end. That’s the case for “Ignite FFA” — the official theme for the National FFA Organization in 2013-14.

Alas, we have something new! Yep, that’s it right there at the top of the page. The 2014-15 National FFA Organization theme is Go All Out! Continue reading

National FFA Foundation receives $600,000 donation from CF Industries

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A unique agreement between two major companies has resulted in a significant donation to FFA members.

CF Industries, a longtime FFA supporter, announced with the National FFA Officer Team Wednesday in Washington, D.C.,  a $600,000 donation to the National FFA Foundation to support agriculture education. Continue reading

Day By Day: 2014 FFA Costa Rica Travel Seminar

The Costa Rica Proficiency and Stars Travel Seminar empowers FFA leaders by providing them with a global perspective. Through this experience, participants gain knowledge by visiting farms and agribusinesses. This travel seminar is available to proficiency finalists and star finalists.

Day 1 – Friday, June 13

A three hour flight from Miami to Costa Rica took 63 national FFA Proficiency Stars and finalist, accompanied by advisors and national staff, to the start of their Costa Rican adventure.

After a dash through customs and to two charter buses, the group was headed toward InBioparque, an ecological park created by Costa Rica’s institute of biodiversity. Every member of the group enjoyed an ethnic Costa Rican lunch, fruit fresher than ever, plus some rice and beans. Once finished with lunch members were briefed on Costa Rica’s unique environment. Members then had the chance to explore the four different forest types found in Costa Rica, encountering a number of animal species native to the tropics. Continue reading