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

2013 FFA National Chapter Award Winners Announced

Anna FFA members were awarded the National Chapter Award for Chapter Development.

Anna FFA members were awarded the National Chapter Award for Chapter Development.

Thursday afternoon, 45 FFA chapters from across the country stood on stage at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in anticipation of scoring a major victory in the FFA National Chapter Awards. By the end of the ceremony, five of those chapters were named national winners in the tough competition. Continue reading

2013 National Chapter Model of Excellence Finalists Announced

FFA members receive a National Chapter Award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

FFA members receive a National Chapter Award at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Ten FFA chapters from across the country have been named national finalists for the 2013 Model of Excellence Award as part of the FFA National Chapter Award program.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes FFA chapters that successfully complete an annual Program of Activities (PoA) which includes a series of activities designed to encourage its members to grow as individuals, to work as part of a team, and to serve others. Continue reading

2013 National Proficiency Finalists Announced

Ken Quick, 2011-12 National Eastern Region Vice President, shakes hands with Emily J. Von Edwins, a national finalist in veterinary science at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Ken Quick, 2011-12 National Eastern Region Vice President, shakes hands with Emily J. Von Edwins, a national finalist in veterinary science at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The list of FFA members from across the country who have been named national finalists for Agricultural Proficiency Awards is now available.

The Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through supervised agricultural experiences, have developed specialized skills that they can apply toward their future careers. Continue reading